Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Mediterranean Marine Ecosystems & Sustainability

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Information for term Mediterranean Marine Ecosystems & Sustainability

Application deadline, and cost information.

Extended Deadline

May 2, 2023

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 2, 2023
  • Dates: Jun 18 – Jul 8, 2023 (3 weeks)

Extended Deadline

May 16, 2023

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 16, 2023
  • Dates: Jul 9 – 29, 2023 (3 weeks)


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From the island paradise of Mallorca, explore marine environments and see up close the rich underwater life of the Mediterranean Sea.

Teeming with biodiversity, the Mediterranean Sea supports more than 17,000 different species, making magnificent Mallorca in the western Mediterranean a special place to focus on sustainability. Here, where Marine Protected Areas abound, you’ll learn firsthand about marine organisms and their interactions with coastal and marine ecosystems.  

Engage with expert ecologists and biologists in class, in the lab, and in the field as you observe nature, inventory species, and monitor habitats. In the process, you’ll discover key species under threat from marine pollution and human activity—and how to make a difference. 

There’s also plenty of time to get out on the water and in! Swim, snorkel, kayak, paddleboard–do it all and play beach volleyball, too. Immerse yourself in island life and Mallorquin culture through your homestay and meet-ups with local teens. Take in the sights from the medieval Bellver Castle with its beautiful bird’s-eye view of Palma to the colorful Olivar Market to the Es Baluard contemporary art museum. And don’t miss the homemade almond ice cream at Palma’s 300-year-old café! 

The Take-Aways


    Take on the skills of a marine biologist observing and inventorying species in marine environments. See firsthand biodiversity and marine ecosystem threats. Come home ready to make a difference in the sustainability of local ecosystems.


    Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, a portfolio and poster showcasing your Project on a marine biodiversity and sustainability topic, and service learning hours documenting your engagement with the community.


    Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and improved communication skills. Enjoy a broader worldview and friends of different backgrounds from across the U.S.





Location & Culture

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Welcome to Mallorca, a tourism hot spot known for dramatic landscapes and crystal blue waters. 

It’s easy to fall in love with this stunning Balearic Island off the east coast of Spain. You can wander in any direction and be mesmerized by scenic coves, exquisite limestone mountains, luscious greenery, and a sea so clear that you can see the grains of sand at the bottom of the sea.  

The capital, Palma de Mallorca, known as the “pearl of the Mediterranean,” bustles with tourism and commerce today. Here you’ll experience the spirited vibe and Mediterranean flair of streets filled with stylish boutiques, quirky shops, art galleries, and artisanal bakeries. Most restaurants spill out onto pedestrian streets buzzing with families enjoying their evenings together. 

Founded by the Romans in 123 BC, Palma has been a crossroads of cultures throughout history. Its rich Islamic past is still evident within the Casco antiguo, or Old Town, which also boasts Gothic structures from the Middle Ages and many hidden treasures, small museums, courtyards, and even an 800-year-old olive tree! Be sure to take a picture there of the tallest Gothic structure in Europe—La Seu cathedral.   


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


Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places. 

  • Breakfast at the homestay 
  • Hands-on classes with expert instructors, ecologists, and marine biologists  
  • Bagged lunch in the study center or in the field  
  • Outdoor activities, community service, or cultural activities 
  • Dinner at the homestay  


  • Overnight or day excursions to top destinations 
  • Quality time with friends and everyone at your homestay 

Check out the blog posts to discover more about daily life and excursions on program. 

  • Housing

    Carefully-screened homestay

  • 24/7 SUPPORT

    1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Weekly Learning Goals


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Settle into your homestay. Study marine organisms (plankton and algae) and select a Mediterranean coastal ecosystem to assess with a SWOT analysis in the Aula de la Mar lab. Conduct field work in the wetlands of S’Albufereta National Park, inventory bird species, and upload group findings to


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 Study marine organisms (vertebrates, invertebrates, seagrasess, algae) and then inventory species in field work at Mondragó and Dragonera Natural Parks. Investigate the human impact on marine environments. In small groups, select a topic for a Project on protecting marine biodiversity.


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Analyze data and draw conclusions about the human impact on marine life and ecosystems. Conduct more field work on the uninhabited island of Cabrera. Consider your class, lab, and field work to finalize your Project and present it to your group. 

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Sample Activities

Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!

  • Overnight at a campground between the mountains and the sea. Enjoy magnificent views as you maneuver down a rocky path to the remote, natural beach of Coll Baix. Snorkel and swim, kayak and paddleboard. Then sail back in a private catamaran. 
  • Travel back to the 14th century when you explore the unique circular Bellver Castle. Then climb to the top for sweeping views of Palma, the harbor, the sea, and the Tramuntana mountains.  
  • Dive into the blue water of Cabrera National Park and watch the colorful fish dance with you in the waves. Who knows? You might also encounter an inquisitive octopus.
  • Take a boat ride to the uninhabited island of Sa Dragonera, swarming with Lilford’s wall lizards. These reptiles look like miniature dragons and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. 
  • Compete in a scavenger hunt in Palma’s historic Olivar market. Practice your Spanish with the vendors and feast your eyes on all the delicious Mallorquin produce. 

What Students Are Saying

  • “My time in Mallorca was amazing because we did activities that I’ve never done before, like kayaking, rock climbing, and cliff jumping.” 

    Albin K., Global Navigator Alum
  • “The friends I made on this trip are the best friends I could possibly have. I owe these friendships to this trip and I could not be more grateful.” 

    Imogen S., Global Navigator Alum
  • “It’s the perfect program balancing education and fun. I met my new best friends from all across the country. And it was my first time snorkeling.” 

    Jordan M., Global Navigator Alum
  • “I learned more about Marine Science but also learned about myself. I stepped out of my comfort zone so many times and it has really taught me what I can do!”  

    Kernen J., Global Navigator Alum

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • 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 comfortably swim, as program is centered around the sea. 



Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what’s included with your tuition.   

More questions? Find answers, get application support, sign up for virtual presentations or contact us.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2023 3 weeks May 2, 2023 Jun 18, 2023 Jul 8, 2023


Summer Session II 2023 3 weeks May 16, 2023 Jul 9, 2023 Jul 29, 2023


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What's Included

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What's Included

Interactive Classes
3 Meals/Day
(Dietary Needs Accommodated)
All Ground Transportation
(Once In-country)
Optional Flight Chaperone
(Flight Cost Not Included)
Pre-departure Advice and Orientation
Access to Local Phone and WIFI
All Cultural Activities and Excursions
Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection
24/7 Emergency On-site Support

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