Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Marine Science & Field Work

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Information for term Marine Science & Field Work

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 14 – Jul 4, 2020 (3 weeks)
$5,150

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 12 – Aug 1, 2020 (3 weeks)
$5,150

Overview

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From this island paradise, you’ll explore the biodiversity of the Mediterranea sea and coast, while getting swept up in the active island lifestyle.
There are few better places in the world to study marine life than in the Balearic Islands. Teeming with biodiversity, the Mediterranean Sea supports more than 15,000 different species, several of them unique to this area. On the beautiful islands of Mallorca and Menorca, you’ll study this valuable ecosystem up close, combining biology and environmental studies in your multidisciplinary work. Snorkeling in marine protected areas, you’ll discover which key species are under threat from marine pollution and human activity – and how to make a difference.
 
Your days will consist of field work out at sea and in coastal areas, combined with in class discussions, group work and case studies. On dry land, you’ll have time to explore the spirited island culture in Palma de Mallorca and Ciutadella, Menorca.
 
For two weeks your home base will be Palma de Mallorca, a coastal city frequently listed among the world’s most livable cities. Session 1 students will stay with local host families and Session 2 at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) dorms.
 
During the third week in Menorca, you’ll stay at the Sa Vinyeta Youth hostel. You’ll explore the quaint cobblestone streets of Ciutadella and enjoy two-days of water sports and activities as we swim, snorkel and cliff jump along the coast.

 

The Take-Aways

  • Exploration

    Identify human pressures on coastal marine ecosystems and species.

  • DISCOVER

    Explore the biodiversity of the Mediterranean sea and coast.

  • Natural Wonder

    Explore natural beaches and trek along unspoiled coastal trails.

Location & Culture

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The biggest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Majorca is known for its dramatic coastal landscapes, sunny climate, and laid-back lifestyle.
It’s also known for tourism, and it supports the third largest international airport in Spain. This combination of factors makes it an ideal place to study the impact of tourism on the natural world.   A crossroads of cultures over the centuries, Palma has a fascinating multicultural flavor. Magnificent sites include a Gothic cathedral, a Moorish palace, and a Medieval castle among Modernist buildings. Founded by Romans in year 123 BC, the city’s rich Islamic past is still evident within its Old City district. The Old Gothic quarter contains many hidden treasures, including small museums, courtyards, and an 800-year-old olive tree.   Menorca, which roughly translates as “smaller island”, is a one-hour ferry ride from Mallorca. It’s a beautifully unspoiled gem in the Mediterranean Sea, declared “Biosphere Reserve” for its unique and well-preserved flora and fauna.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

  • Housing

    Hostels in Palma, Alcudia and Menorca

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Activities

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Sample Activities

  • Observe up close the more than 8,000 animals and 700 different species at the Palma Aquarium.
  • Visit Palma’s oldest chocoletería for traditional pastries and homemade ice cream.
  • Enjoy the views as you bike along the Bay of Palma and learn about coastal flora and fauna along the way.
  • Study the marsh and meadow ecosystems at S’Albufera de Alcudia, Mallorca's paradise for ornithologists.
  • Get lost in the life-size labyrinth at Lithica in Menorca.
  • Relax during a boat day along the Menorcan coast, exploring beautiful beaches along the way.

Excursions

  •  Explore the National Park Cabrera Archipelago, one of the best-preserved coasts in the Mediterranean.
  •  Take a day trip to Dragonera, a national park named after the small lizards that call the island home.


​​Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

ELIGIBILITY

  • Ability to comfortably swim, as program is centered around the sea
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.
  • This program involves engaging in moderate to high intensity physical activities such as hiking, boating and snorkeling. Ability to swim is not required but strongly encouraged to enjoy the program and location at its fullest.

APPLICATION FEE

$25

Program

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Start Date

End Date

Costs

Summer Session I 2020 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 14, 2020 Jul 4, 2020

$5,150

Summer Session II 2020 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 12, 2020 Aug 1, 2020

$5,150

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