Come spend the summer in Mallorca, enhancing your Spanish language proficiency in a professional context while immersing yourself in a professional, Spanish environment.
Through intensive language training, and an internship with a hotel or a company, students of business and tourism have the opportunity to develop and apply critical management skills, industry vocabulary, and global perspective.
Study abroad in Palma de Mallorca and you will:
- Experience a professional work atmosphere from a global perspective while working in a company, or a hotel
- Develop business vocabulary and enhance your Spanish language skills as you work alongside professionals and live in a Spanish homestay
- Visit and study areas of mass tourism and over-development, rural eco-tourist sites, hotels and their different departments, and non-profit and fair trade organizations
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
Engage in an experiential curriculum that allows you to apply new skills as you develop them. Use oral business transactions and written commercial documents to practice your new industry vocabulary and observe areas of mass tourism and over-development
Seize the amazing opportunity to work full time in a local Mallorca hotel, or company. Foray into the world of tourism, gain insight into cultural differences, and gain experience in an international work environment.
Enjoy a variety of visits and excursions that supplement classwork and introduce you to the rich diversity of the geography and culture of the Balearic Islands. These include visits in Palma, a one-day excursion by boat from the historical village of Soller to the impressive natural landscape of Torrent de Pareïs. In addition, the study abroad program includes day excursions to historical and natural sites around Mallorca—explore the old towns of Valldemossa, Deia, Santañí, and Alcudia, and the natural beaches of Es Trenc and Cala Mondragó, and experience the breathtaking views of Cape Formentor.
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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During the first three weeks, study abroad students enroll in Spanish for Business and Tourism: an Introduction to Tourism in Mallorca. During the remainder of the program, students complete the internship work (130 hours), meet weekly for a seminar on business, tourism, and intercultural analysis (13 hours), and individually with the academic coordinator (2 hours) to discuss the final project.
About the City
About The City
Palma de Mallorca, capital of the Balearic Islands, has inspired musicians, artists, and writers for centuries. The city, with its tiny traditional shops, Modernist facades, and tall buildings crowding the bay’s shore, is a stark contrast to the rest of the island and its small romantic villages with stone houses found in the northern mountains. Blessed with a gentle climate and cosmopolitan urban life mixed with traditional culture, it's no wonder Palma has become an international melting pot with about 25% of its inhabitants coming from other countries.
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
Susan Estay joined the CIEE staff in 2006. A native of Chile, she has lived in Palma de Mallorca for the past 30 years. Susan studied psychology at the Universitat de les Illes Balears. She coordinates student housing, cultural activities, and excursions.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) is a young university with an enrollment of 13,000 students. Mallorca’s economy depends mainly upon tourism which has resulted in a stronger emphasis on such academic and research areas as tourism studies, business, economics, human resources, and environmental sustainability. With the Tramuntana Mountain Range as its backdrop, UIB is just a 14-minute metro ride from the city center. 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
Study abroad students live in a Spanish speaking home where three daily meals are provided. 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 live no more than a 20-minute walk away from the main square in downtown Palma. Homestays are an important contribution to the students’ commitment to cultural and linguistic immersion. By living with a Spanish family, students practice in day-to-day life the Spanish learned in the classroom and experience Spanish culture firsthand. Some hotels and companies are located in an area connected to downtown Palma by public transportation, 20- to 30-minute bus ride.
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Palma de Mallorca even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.
Prior to departure for Palma, you will be required to take an online language placement examination. The purpose of this exam is to determine your level of Spanish, and enable the academic coordinator to advise you on appropriate internship placement.
A mandatory two-day orientation session, conducted at the beginning of the study abroad program, will introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provide practical information about living in Spain and Palma. Orientation themes include the Spanish family lifestyle, money and banking, safety, health, how and where to shop, and transportation. The Spanish language oral placement test is administered during this time. Orientation includes both structured activities and independent sightseeing. Spanish students collaborate with CIEE in these activities. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
You must bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Most homestays have Internet access and you will be able to use the Internet at the University building (Sa Riera) where CIEE classes meet. There are also affordable Internet coffee shops and a few free wireless points located throughout the city of Palma.
Visits and excursions supplement classwork and will introduce you to the rich diversity of the geography and culture of the Balearic Islands. Field trips include visits in Palma (Cathedral, Bellver Castle, Almudaina Palace, Arab Baths, City Hall, museums, and the historic district; and a bike tour along the coast), a one-day excursion by boat from Sóller to Torrent de Pareïs, and a one-day trip to Cala Figuera, Santañí historical village and Mondragó natural park. Day excursions include visits to historical and natural sites—explore the towns of Valldemossa, Deia, and Alcudia and beaches of Es Trenc; experience the breathtaking views of Cape Formentor and the 13th and 14th century traditional Mediterranean gardens of Raixa, La Granja, and Alfabia; and hike the impressive Pareis canyon.
CIEE also organizes cultural activities designed to bring American and Spanish UIB students together. These include conversation exchanges with Spanish students; a Spanish cooking class; game, movie, and tapas nights; beach picnics, visits to flea markets; and participation in traditional celebrations around the island.
Field study visits are organized to complement your academic studies through firsthand exposure to sites related to business, tourism, and hospitality. Sites may include areas of mass tourism and over-development on Mallorca, rural eco-tourist sites, sun and beach hotels, and environmental and governmental agencies.
Guardian Angels are local University students who accompany CIEE study abroad students on group activities and participate in field trips and other events. Guardian Angels will introduce you to the University and culture of Palma.
An internship will give you the opportunity to apply your academic and language skills in a professional context while working full-time in a local hotel or company. Internship requires 130 work hours and 15 hours of weekly seminar sessions with the professor who also supervises the work. The seminar reflects on the world of tourism, cultural differences, and interaction in an international work environment, and on how culture affects business. The academic component requires the following: attendance and participation in the weekly seminars; a professional journal explaining the day-to-day activities and observations about the internship; and research, write, and present a report about your internship experience in front of a panel of evaluators. You will be expected to speak Spanish at all times in class, at your place of work (whenever specific tasks do not require English), and with fellow students and CIEE staff.
UIB and Tourism
The Universitat de les Illes Balears is rooted in the culture of the Balearic Islands, with a strong commitment to serving society and respecting the environment. UIB School of Business offers a unique and extensive program (both in Spanish and English) in tourism studies, focusing on business and sociological perspectives. UIB also has a Hospitality School, which offers courses related to tourism and a four-year degree in hotel management.
Mallorca is historically and culturally bilingual, like many regions in Europe. Spanish and Catalan are both official languages of the Balearic Islands. The majority of people are at least bilingual in Spanish and Catalan. During orientation, you'll be introduced to Mallorca’s cultural differences and bilingualism.
The CIEE Summer Internship program is designed for business and tourism students who are interested in enhancing their academic and language skills in a professional context, while being immersed in a Spanish professional working environment. During the first four weeks, study abroad students take an intensive Spanish language course related to business and tourism with an introduction to tourism in Mallorca. This course includes a substantial interactive and practical component. Experiential learning is also promoted with field study activities outside the classroom. This is followed by a four-week internship in a hotel, or company. During the four weeks, students complete 130 hours of work and meet three hours each week for a seminar with a university professor to discuss the development and impact of tourism on the economy, culture, and environment. In addition, students analyze and discuss interactions with co-workers, recognize cultural differences, observe how their intended professions may be practiced in different cultural contexts, and research and present their final paper to a committee of evaluators.
Both the language class and the internship seminar are held at Sa Riera, a University building located right in the center of Palma. Class sizes are small and professors are accustomed to teaching U.S. students. During the first four weeks, the class Spanish for Students of Business and Tourism: an Introduction to Tourism in Mallorca meets every morning or afternoon, Monday through Friday, for three hours. There are field visits and guest speakers who introduce students to different aspects of tourism and business in Mallorca. During the remainder of the program, the internship seminar meets for three hours once a week for a total of five meetings. Students also have two individual meetings with the academic coordinator to discuss their final project. Students are assigned readings and field observation exercises; the class methodology includes active participation and group discussion. Students are expected to be prepared for class. Both classes are taught entirely in Spanish, although some of the readings of the seminar might be in English.
While extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s overall study abroad experience, attendance in class is paramount. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program or upon completion of the study abroad program.
Nature of Classes
All courses are for CIEE students only.
CIEE Community Language Commitment
Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Spanish at all times (except in emergencies, and when the nature of the internship requires the use of English). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society.
In the CIEE language course, students are graded on the basis of active participation, a final exam, a PowerPoint oral presentation, the creation of a business plan, vocabulary quizzes, reports on interviews conducted during field visits, and attendance.
In the internship, students are graded on the basis of performance at the hotel or company, participation in seminar discussions based on readings and student’s experience, a PowerPoint presentation, a final paper, a professional diary, and attendance. Grades are given on a 10-point scale.
Language of Instruction
The language sessions of the course Spanish for Business and Tourism: an Introduction to Tourism in Mallorca (30 hours) are taught by a language instructor from UIB Department of Cursos de Español para Extranjeros, who is a professional in the field of teaching Spanish as a second language. UIB faculty teaches the sessions dedicated to tourism within the same course (15 hours) and the internship seminar.
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.
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Required CIEE Core Courses
INSH 3003 PSIN
The internship gives students the opportunity to apply their academic and language skills in a professional context while working full-time in a local hotel, company, or non-profit humanitarian organization. Internship requires 130 work hours, 13 hours of weekly seminar sessions, and two individual meetings (2 hours) to discuss the final project with the academic coordinator who supervises the internship. The seminar reflects on the world of tourism, cultural differences, interaction in an international work environment, and how culture affects business. The academic component requires the following: attendance and participation in the weekly seminars; a professional journal explaining the day-to-day activities and observations about the internship; and presentation of a 10-page research paper about the student’s internship experience in front of a panel of evaluators. Students are expected to speak Spanish at all times in class, at their place of work (whenever specific tasks do not require English), and with fellow students and CIEE staff.
SPAN 3001 PSIN
Spanish for Business and Tourism: an Introduction to Tourism in Mallorca
This course consists of an analysis of vocabulary and grammar related to various fields in the business world (marketing, finance, management, tourism, and administration). It provides students with the culturally appropriate business vocabulary and the opportunity to practice with oral business transactions and written commercial documents in Spanish (30 hours). The course also introduces students to the Spanish business cultural context, taking as case study the tourism industry in Mallorca (15 hours). It provides many opportunities to communicate in Spanish outside the classroom and observe first-hand areas of mass tourism and over-development, rural eco-tourist sites, hotels and their different departments, government institutions, and non-profit humanitarian organizations.