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 12 – Jul 2, 2022 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 10 – 30, 2022 (3 weeks)


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From this island paradise, you’ll explore the biodiversity of the Mediterranean 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, Cabrera and Dragonera, 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.

For three weeks you’ll live like a local in Palma de Mallorca, a coastal city frequently listed among the world’s most livable cities. You’ll share authentic meals with your homestay and learn first-hand about island traditions.

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 through guided cultural activities and functional Spanish language classes. In Alcudia, you’ll enjoy two days of camping and outdoor activities as we hike, swim, kayak and snorkel along the coast.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

The Take-Aways


    Get ready to bring out your hiking boots and flippers to explore the biodiversity of the Mediterranean sea and coast. Survey beaches and trek along unspoiled coastal trails. Identify human pressures on coastal marine ecosystems and species.


    After just 3 weeks away, you'll build self-confidence, gain a broader world view, improve your interpersonal communication skills and make lifelong friends from all across the U.S.


    Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, a portfolio of work to showcase your program and 12 hours of community service.

Location & Culture

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The largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca is known for its dramatic coastal landscapes, sunny climate, and laid-back lifestyle.

It’s a popular tourist destination for Europeans and has 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 history. 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. Notable sites include a Gothic cathedral, a Moorish palace, a medieval castle, and modern and art nouveau buildings. 

Flat terrain makes for easy walking and the city is well connected by bus and metro. It takes only 5 to 30 minutes to get from your homestay to class at the CIEE Study Center, located on the downtown campus of Universitat de les Illes Balears.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Palma de Mallorca.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

Every day brings new discoveries and fun, but you can always count on a perfect balance between interactive instruction, excursions and free time! Here's what to expect on a typical day:

  • 8:00 am: Get up and have breakfast at your homestay.
  • 9:00 am: Walk or take public transportation to CIEE for morning instruction
  • 9:30 am – 11:30am: Interactive marine biology class with a local teacher. Format may change to workshops or guest lectures, depending on the day.
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Spanish class with a native teacher.
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Dedicated time to work on your group project. 
  • 1:30 pm - 2:00pm:Find a fun spot to grab lunch with your friends. Your Host Family will provide packed lunches daily.
  • 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Each activity or excursion is designed to echo what you learned in class that morning.
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00pm: Free time! Hang out with your friends, shop, or grab an ice cream. Commute back to your homestays.
  • 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Wrap up any homework. Usually just readings or personal research for your project.
  • 9:00 pm: Dinner and family time with your Host Family.
  • 11:00 pm: Lights out!


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

  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Homestay

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

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Sample Activities

  • Observe the more than 8,000 animals and 700 different species up close at the Palma Aquarium.
  • Clean a natural beach in Mallorca to help the island maintain its pristine beaches. Learn from a biologist about Mediterranean Environmental main threats, and follow scientific procedures during our beach cleanup.
  • Experience local art and culture firsthand at Es Baluard museum and a local graffiti tour.
  • Step into the Central Market in Palma, Mercado del Olivar. The vendors in this bustling market sell everything from traditional pastries and charcuterie to the morning’s catch to souvenirs. Practice your Spanish as you go grocery shopping for your Host Family.
  • Visit an authentic Medieval castle while learning more about Palma’s history, architecture and ancient civilizations. Bellver Castle is just outside of the city center and offers a bird’s eye view of the city and port.


  • Through local service-learning activities in collaboration with Albufera d’Alcudia, the City Hall Biologists of Ses Salines, Mar de Fondo and MedGardens, students will be able to see a different side of science while giving back to the community and helping preserve the environment.
  • Explore Cabrera Archipelago, the only maritime-terrestrial National Park in Spain, and one of the best-preserved coasts in the Mediterranean.
  • Take a day trip to Dragonera, a natural park named after the small lizards that call the island home.
  • Study the marsh and meadow ecosystems at S’Albufera de Alcudia, Mallorca's paradise for ornithologists. You’ll learn more about the wetlands as you spend the morning birdwatching and implementing new methods for studying animals.

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, covid-related measures and restrictions 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!

What People are Saying

  • "There is a lot of freedom to explore and adventure independently, allows for one to be interested in their own fields and follow those interests. While there are some structured trips and a regular class and classroom, it's nice to have some guidance but also freedom to continue in certain areas of interest."

    Jillian M., Wofford College

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • 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.




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Summer Session I 2022 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 12, 2022 Jul 2, 2022


Summer Session II 2022 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 10, 2022 Jul 30, 2022


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