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CIEE Liberal Arts in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Science, General Business, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Law, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Academic Level: Junior Language of Instruction: Spanish
Housing Options: Host Family
Program Description:


The beautiful, Mediterranean island of Palma de Mallorca is the perfect setting to further develop you advanced-level Spanish skills, and pursue your varied interests in business, the humanities and social sciences.

Through daily interactions in Palma’s business and social environment; direct enrollment at Universitat de les Illes Balears; homestays; an internship; cultural excursions, and conversation exchanges, study abroad in Palma offers you an exciting and uniquely immersive intercultural experience.

In Palma you will:

  • Choose from a wide range of courses, including business and tourism, Spanish language, literature, and cinema, anthropology, and psychology; study alongside Spanish and other international students in a small group atmosphere
  • Experience Spanish culture through extensive cultural activities and excursions in and around Palma, to historical and natural sites of Mallorca, and an overnight study trip to Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, or another major city
  • Learn about how Spanish business is done through an internship for credit in a major company related to tourism, other industries, and non-profit organizations
The CIEE Difference


From Business and Economics, to Hispanic Philology, Palma gives you access to a wide variety of CEE-designed electives and UIB courses that allow you to pursue your interests while earning credit towards your degree. And if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, you can also choose to pursue an academically rigorous independent research project.


Gain international, professional experience with a for-credit internship. UIB places students in an organization or company related to tourism or another business areas, including banks, museums, and nonprofit humanitarian organizations.


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 study trip to Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, or another major Spanish city.


Study abroad in Palma de Mallorca provides various activities and programs to help integrate you into the local and university communities, including: conversation exchanges, volunteering opportunities, workshops in personal development, “Guardian Angels,” and study groups.


Total recommended credit for the semester program is 14–19 semester/21–28.5 quarter hours and for the academic year, 28–35 semester/42–52.5 quarter hours.

CIEE content courses contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated. Required CIEE language courses and most UIB courses contact hours are 60 hours and recommended credit is 4 semester/6 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated. CIEE language courses meet for 15 hours during the first few weeks and 3 hours per week for the remainder of the semester.

Program Requirements

A full course load is considered four courses. Students may take a fifth course. 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 content courses, an internship, UIB courses for international students, and regular UIB courses. Students can also take the Seminar on Living and Learning as an additional elective. Students participating in the internship are advised not to take more than four courses (including the internship), apart from the Seminar on Living and Learning (2 credits).

Academic year students replace the CIEE language and content courses with regular University courses or other CIEE courses in their second semester.

During the placement test given prior to arrival, students who place at the level of a near native speaker, or who prove they are Spanish-heritage students with a bilingual level, may be exempt from the language course requirement; they may substitute it with another CIEE course or a university course.

All courses are considered to be at the junior- or senior-level. For a few of the courses, prerequisites are required for admission. All language instruction in the program is at the advanced level.

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 service, restaurants, and coffee shops. With the Tramuntana Mountain Range as its backdrop, UIB is just a 14-minute metro ride from the city center.

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.

Housing & Meals

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 other Spanish-speaking roommates. Students are responsible for finding, leasing, and managing the apartment.

Academic Program

Established in 2006, the CIEE Study Center at the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) provides an academic program for students with an advanced level of Spanish who are interested in humanities, business, tourism studies, Spanish literature, language, and cinema, Mediterranean studies, social sciences, and sciences. The academic offering consists of a combination of CIEE Study Center language and content courses, regular courses at UIB with other Spanish students, and a for-credit internship. CIEE courses include a substantial interactive and practical component. Learning by doing is also promoted with field study activities outside the classroom.

Academic Culture

The fall program begins in mid-September with an intensive language session . All CIEE courses, UIB courses for international students, 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. Some professors allow early final exams in December. 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 with an intensive language session. 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 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 registration. At this point, students will find out which classes allow earlier final exams.

Classes meet two times a week, and are scheduled Monday through Thursday (CIEE) and Monday through Friday (UIB). 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 in the sciences, laboratory 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.