If you want to study Spanish while developing management skills for future leadership in the tourism and hospitality industry, there’s no setting better than Palma.
Drawing 80% of its local GDP from the tourism service sector, Palma de Mallorca is the ideal laboratory for students interested in business, hospitality and recreation management. Enrolling directly with local Spanish students in a variety of specially designed, English-taught classes, you’ll develop critical management skills, industry vocabulary, and global perspective. And with an emphasis on practical experience, study abroad in Palma provides you with various company visits, field study activities, and internship opportunities that give you insight into professional tourism in a foreign environment.
Study abroad in Palma de Mallorca and you will:
The CIEE Difference
Learn Spanish with a focus on tourism and business vocabulary while living on the Mediterranean coast; all levels offered
Study business, tourism, hospitality, meeting, and event and recreation management in English, with Spanish and other international students
Experience a professional work atmosphere from a global perspective while doing an internship for credit in a company or hotel
Explore natural and cultural sites, areas of mass tourism and over-development, rural eco-tourist sites, and hotels
Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced level Spanish speaker, study abroad in Palma offers language learning courses that suit your abilities and introduce vocabulary relevant to business, tourism and hospitality. You’ll also have your choice of CIEE electives in subjects including Sustainable Tourism, International Meeting and Event Planning, and International Tourism.
A for-credit internship gives you the opportunity to apply your newly minted academic and language skills in a professional context while working part-time in a local company or hotel. While you’re required to concentrate on one area during the internship, some opportunities for cross-training may be available depending on the size of the company or hotel. Areas for internships include: hotels, conference centers, banquets and catering agencies, meetings and special events agencies, marketing companies, travel agencies, tour operators, tourist bureaus, leisure, recreation and sport companies.
Enjoy a number of visits and excursions around the island introduce you to the rich diversity of the geography and culture of Mallorca. Day excursions include visits to historical and natural sites including the towns of Valldemossa, Deia, and Alcudia; the natural beaches of Es Trenc; the breathtaking views of the Cape Formentor; and a hike of the impressive Pareis canyon.
You’ll also take part in a three-day trip to Madrid, which includes: guided visits to the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, and the Madrid Stock Market; Prado and Reina Sofía Museums; Royal Palace; and the Congress.
Total recommended credit for the semester program is 16-18 semester/24-27 quarter hours and for the academic year, 34-37 semester/51-55.5 quarter hours. For students doing an internship in the fall semester, total recommended credit is 13 semester/19.5 quarter hours. For students doing a 6-credit internship in the spring semester, total recommended credit is 16 semester/24 quarter hours. Contact hours for CIEE courses are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours. Contact hours for UIB courses are 60 hours and recommended credit is 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
CIEE students take a total of five courses per semester. Study abroad students are required to enroll in a CIEE language course, a CIEE content course, and a regular university (UIB) course. Remaining courses can be chosen from a combination of CIEE language and content courses, UIB courses, and an internship. Students participating in the internship in the fall who plan on leaving before Christmas, and in the spring doing the 6-credit internship, are advised to take only three additional courses (a CIEE language course, a CIEE content course, and a UIB course). Academic year students replace the CIEE language and content courses with regular university courses, other CIEE courses or an internship in their second semester. Some UIB courses have prerequisites.
About Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca, capital of the Balearic Islands, has inspired musicians, artists, and writers for centuries. The city, with her 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, no wonder Palma has become an international melting pot with about 25 percent of its inhabitants coming from other countries.
Where You’ll Study
Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) is a young university with a population 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. Its modern campus has libraries, a bookstore, computer labs, sports facilities, medical services, restaurants, and coffee shops. With the Tramuntana Mountain Range as its backdrop, UIB is just a 14-minute metro ride from the city center.
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. The 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.
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. There is only one student per homestay. Housing is in the center of Palma within walking distance to public transportation to the University. Students take the metro (14 minutes) or a bus (20 to 30 minutes) to the University. 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 first-hand.
Academic year students have the option of living in an apartment during their second semester. It is required that they share the apartment with at least one Spanish-speaking roommate. Students are responsible for finding, leasing, and managing the apartment.
The study abroad program is designed for tourism, hospitality and recreation management students as well as business students with interest in these areas. CIEE students are provided the opportunity to study in English various aspects of business, tourism and hospitality in a direct enrollment environment with local Spanish students, and courses taught by CIEE faculty. Learning by doing is promoted with field study activities outside the classroom. CIEE courses include an important hands-on experience to observe different companies and institutions dedicated to tourism and recreation.
The fall program begins in mid-September. All CIEE courses and the internship finish before the third week of December. UIB regular courses continue through mid-January with official final exams taking place through early February. UIB allows CIEE study abroad students to take early exams by the end of January for regular university courses. At the end of the fall semester, academic year students have a break for the late December and early January holidays. Students who are enrolled in University classes must be back in Palma in early January after the holiday break to continue their classes and take their final exams.
The spring program begins in early February. CIEE courses finish by the end of May. UIB classes run through early June with final exams through the end of June. During the spring, one eleven-day vacation period takes place at the University: Semana Santa.
While extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s experience, attendance in class is mandatory. Early departure for or late return from vacations is not allowed. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program, during vacation periods, or upon completion of the program.
In some cases professors may be willing to administer the final exam even earlier (before Christmas in the fall and early-June in the spring) but CIEE is not responsible for arranging or guaranteeing early exams. CIEE will be in contact with students prior to arrival to complete their registrations. At this point, students will find out which classes allow earlier final exams.
Classes meet two times a week, and are scheduled Monday through Friday. Most CIEE field study visits are scheduled on Fridays. Attendance is mandatory and absences affect final grades. CIEE classes provide a detailed syllabus, and students should expect daily homework assignments. University classes normally combine lectures, tutorials, seminars, and study case classes. Spanish academic tradition involves more independent work on the part of the student, although there is a trend towards making courses more interactive. Typically, the syllabus includes an outline of the themes, a list of recommended readings, and grading criteria; no detailed calendar is usually provided.