Perfect for pairing with other programs.
This summer, come explore pressing environmental issues and the measures that two different European countries are taking to combat them.
You’ll begin in Groningen, exploring the Dutch experience defining spatial problems and devising, implementing, and monitoring spatial policies to investigate more widely applicable aspects of national, urban, and regional planning. Next, you’ll travel to Mediterranean Palma to examine temperate marine ecosystems: the human environmental impacts, preventive and corrective actions, and sustainable development and conservation, and restoration approaches of sites such as the Cabrera Archipelago National Park.
Study abroad in Groningen and Palma and you will:
- Study with specialized staff from the Department of Spatial Sciences
- • Conduct field work and snorkeling at costal shores and natural areas in Mallorca
- Gain insight into the main causes of coastal degradation, and analyze the effectiveness of sustainable and conservational practices
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
In this program, you will explore how two European countries are combating pressing environmental issues.
Session I begins in Groningen, Netherlands, investigating aspects of national, urban, and regional planning.
In Session II, you will turn your focus to marine ecosystems in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and
human environmental impacts, preventive and corrective actions, and restoration. Through field work that includes snorkeling observation, you will gain insight into the main causes of coastal degradation, and analyze the effectiveness of sustainable and conservational practices.
During your summer course you will also have the opportunity to attend extracurricular activities:
- Furthermore an overnight trip will be offered to the city of Amsterdam, offering you the chance to draw similarities - and analyze the differences - between the small city of Groningen and the capital of Amsterdam. Activities might include a biking tour, visit to a museum and/or tour of the historical city.
- During the course other activities will be organized throughout the week; each course will offer a welcome and farewell dinner, and extra activities might include a bike tour through Groningen’s countryside, an outside movie night, a visit to a concert, a visit to a special exhibition.
In Palma de Mallorca:
- You will explore Mallorca’s World Heritage Site Sierra de Tramuntana, where you will discover the natural beauty and the history of villages of Moorish origins such as Valldemossa and Deià. You will also join a one-day excursion to the natural beaches of Cala Mondragó near the charming fishing town of Santanyi.
- Other field trips include visits in Palma to the Cathedral, Bellver Castle, Almudaina Palace, Arab Baths, and the historic district.
- CIEE also organizes activities to bring American and Spanish students together: a bike tour along the coast, conversation exchanges, cooking, salsa, movie, and tapas nights, beach picnics, concerts, and traditional festivals around the island such as Saint John’s Night Festival of Fireworks and Demons.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
The program fee includes:
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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Summer Session I, II 2017 (8 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes all meals while in Palma; no meals are included while in Groningen
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* for meals while in Groningen
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket
- Overall GPA 2.5
- For CIEE content courses in Spanish, at least 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
Total recommended credit for this program is 6 semester/9 quarter hours. Each course has 45 contact hours.
Students take one course each session. In Groningen, Society, Environment, Transportation & Space: The Dutch Experience. In Palma: Mediterranean Marine Environment
About the City
About The City
Located in the north, Groningen is a lively city offering everything you would expect from a city with many cafes, shops, historic monuments, theaters, parks, and markets. Groningen is the youngest city in the Netherlands and about one fourth of its inhabitants are students of which about 10% are international students. Groningen is the ultimate biking city of the Netherlands with 145 kilometers of biking infrastructure.
About Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca, a Mediterranean city bursting with life, features a beautiful marina, palm-lined promenade, urban beach, a maze of streets which hint at its Moorish past, and an impressive medieval Cathedral, Palace and Castle. It embraces a wide diversity of natural spaces, such as Cabrera's National Marine Park, the Natural Parks of Peninsula de Llevant, Dragonera, Mondragó, S'Albufera marsh and meadows, as well as UNESCO's World Heritage site, Sierra de Tramuntana. Mallorca promotes upscale tourism, conventions, cultural, eco and sports tourism.
Mallorca is the number one tourist destination in Europe, with 12 million tourists per year and 80 percent of its local GDP generating from the tourism service sector. Some of Europe’s major tourism enterprises, such as Air Europa, Air Berlin-Spain, Barceló, Hotel Beds, Iberostar, Orizonia, Sol Meliá, and Viajes Iberia have their headquarters in Palma. During the height of the tourist season, the international airport becomes one of the busiest in Europe.
A tourist destination for nearly 100 years, Mallorca experienced rapid tourist growth beginning in the 1950s, with the island being transformed from one of the poorest regions in Spain to one of the wealthiest. Mallorca seeks new ways to protect its treasures by promoting upscale tourism, convention and meetings, cultural heritage, eco-tourism, and sports tourism. Since 1991, Cabrera Island became a natural park, and in 2011 the Tramuntana Mountain Range was declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO for its great physical and cultural significance.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Antonia Ferriol earned her Ph.D. in Spanish literature from Pennsylvania State University. Antonia has taught Spanish language and literature at Middlebury College, Denison University, and Universitat de Illes Balears. She was resident director of the CIEE Study Centers in Alcalá de Henares and Barcelona.
If I were to define my own identity, I would just say, “Mediterranean.” For me, Palma embodies the essence of a modern Mediterranean island: a melting pot of cultures and history that date back to the Romans and the Arabs. Sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs, charming mountain towns and castles, windmills and farms in the fields, Cabrera Island’s national park, marsh and meadows which preserve autochthonous species. Traditional fiestas, craft markets, winding streets, and lively squares with musicians and artists.
Palma is big enough to support a large cultural offering and host immigrants from all over the world, yet welcoming and approachable for a period of study, to form friendships, and become immersed in the culture. Most past participants especially value how sincerely the locals have welcomed them, especially the families with whom they live and their Spanish friends, who helped them get to know Palma and to love the island and its culture.
If you want to know why Majorcans travel and live around the world, but in the end always come back to their island, as I did, you will have to come and find out for yourself. You will definitely fall in love with the people, the city, the landscapes, the pace of life, and the history, and you also will desire to keep coming back.
Antonia Ferriol, Resident Director
Renée grew up in a small town in northern Netherlands, and moved to Amsterdam to attend university. While doing a bachelor’s in communications she went abroad twice; one semester at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada, and one semester doing an internship in the tourism industry in Cape Town, South Africa. She loved to be in an international environment, learn new things, and meet new people. When she got back to the Netherlands she went on to earn an international master’s degree in sociology (with a special focus on migration and ethnic studies) at the University of Amsterdam.
Renée loves working with international students; seeing the excitement on arrival day and the comfort upon departure; She truly believes it’s a fascinating process how one makes a place his or her new home.
Lia was born and raised in the town of Driebergen-Rijsenburg in the province of Utrecht, and earned a degree in American Studies at Groningen University. Currently she is working on my MA thesis. Throughout the years, Lia has traveled extensively and always enjoyed coming into contact with international students. She enjoys living in Groningen, and seeing new students get acquainted with the city. In her spare time, Lia enjoys reading history books, drinking a cup of coffee or tea, listening to (French) music, and playing with her pet parrots.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The University of Groningen was established in 1614, making it the second oldest university in the Netherlands. With approximately 27,000 students, it is the third largest university in the Netherlands, with an extremely high academic reputation. CIEE works directly with the Department of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen. This department is the second largest in the Netherlands and the only independent department in this field in the country. The University of Groningen Department of Spatial Sciences is made up of the Departments of Cultural Geography, Demography, Economic Geography, and Planning.
Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) in Mallorca was founded in 1978 and is the descendent of Mallorcan universities dating back to the 15th century. The UIB is a public institution with 13,000 students specializing in 36 different majors. UIB has a modern campus, just a 15-minute metro ride from downtown, with libraries, computer labs, medical services, and restaurants. The summer program is located in a UIB building right in the city center, a 15- to 20-minute walk from the homestays, and a 10-minute walk to Palma's waterfront.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the program fee. In Groningen, study abroad students are placed in single rooms in residence halls with shared shower and kitchen facilities. Residence halls are within a short commute by foot, bike, or bus to the University in Groningen. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Meals may be taken at affordable restaurants, in the University cafeteria, or prepared in the residence’s kitchen facilities.
In Palma, students have two housing options: they can live in a Spanish speaking home where three daily meals are provided; or in a shared room at a hostel with breakfast included.
Homestays: on weekdays, the mid-day meal could be a sandwich to take to the university or equivalent. Housing is in the center of Palma. Students can walk from their homestays to Sa Riera, the University building in which classes meet (no more than a 20 minute walk). Homestays are an important contributing factor to the students’ commitment to cultural and linguistic immersion. By living with a Spanish family, study abroad students practice in day-to-day life Spanish language, and experience Spanish culture first-hand. Most homestays do not speak English.
Hostel: this is not a university residence, but a hostel located 15-minute walk to Sa Riera (less than a 10-minute walk to the main square Plaza de España), in a centric area surrounded by supermarkets and cafeterias. Lunch and dinner are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students share their room with one or three other CIEE students, and can nominate roommates when they fill the CIEE housing form. Bathroom, living, and kitchen areas are shared. There is a small kitchen in the hostel, and common bathrooms (ie, no private bathroom) on each floor. CIEE tries to place CIEE students on the same floor, but this is not guaranteed.
The summer course begins with a mandatory orientation session organized by CIEE in Groningen & Palma de Mallorca. The orientation includes an introduction to Dutch/ Mallorcan society and culture, academics, and excursions in and around the city.
In Groningen and Palma de Mallorca it's recommended to bring a laptop. Internet (with Ethernet cord) is available in the dorms, homestays and Wi-Fi in some sports throughout the city. Students living in the dormitory are advised to bring (or purchase on-site) a USB-Ethernet adapter. In Groningen, you will also have access to the various computer labs, available throughout the city at University academic buildings and libraries, for Internet use and printing. In Palma you will have Wi-Fi access at the University building.
Courses include a combination of lectures, active participation, discussion, guest speakers, case studies, lab work, snorkeling observation, and guided site visits. Students visit organizations related to the themes covered in the courses and are asked to give a presentation of their findings.
The academic and intellectual environment is demanding and requires students to be fully engaged in their courses and group project work, which is an embedded component of the program.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with other CIEE students (in Palma), and other international students (in the Netherlands).
In Palma de Mallorca, students are graded on the basis of class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, examinations, papers, and in some cases oral presentations, much like in the United States. Grades are given on a ten-point scale.
In University of Groningen courses students are graded on the basis of class participation, group project work, presentations, papers, and in some cases, a final exam. In some courses, assessment is based on a theoretical exam and a practical aspect of the class, specifically a group or individual project. Grades are given on a 10-point scale and converted to the U.S. grading scale.
Students must check with their professors to find out exam and other due dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter the deadline for a student who has made travel plans on the same day an exam is scheduled or an assignment is due.
Language of Instruction
In Groningen, the course is taught by Faculty from the University of Groningen.
In Palma de Mallorca, the course is taught by a Faculty of Biology at Universitat de les Illes Balears and by a researcher from the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, both of them PhD Professors.
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Society, Environment, Transportation & Space: The Dutch Experience
The core course uses the Dutch experience of defining spatial problems and devising, implementing, and monitoring spatial policies to investigate more widely applicable aspects of national, urban, and regional planning. It is taught by specialized staff from the Department of Spatial Sciences and coordinated through weekly tutorials and seminars. Lecture topics include Population Dynamics, Cultural Geography of the Netherlands, Physical Geography of the Netherlands, Dutch Water Management Policies, Transportation and Mobility, International Position of the Netherlands, Spatial Planning, Environmental Planning, Energy and Space, Death and Space, Rural Areas and Agriculture in the Netherlands, and Regional Economic Policies.
Palma de Mallorca
ENVI 3001 PALU / ECOL 3001 PALU
Mediterranean Marine Environment
This course provides an introduction to the Mediterranean marine ecosystem. Special emphasis is dedicated to human environmental impacts, preventive and corrective actions, sustainable development and conservation, marine protected areas, and restoration. The course includes fieldwork at coastal shores from sandy to bottom ecosystems, along with visits to an aquarium, a research fishery, and a marine national park. Practical skills will be worked out by analyzing species and studying ecosystems from seagrasses to temperate coral formations. Discussion and evaluation of case studies is carried out. No background in biology is needed for the course, although biology and environmental studies students are welcome.