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CIEE Palma de Mallorca Liberal Arts Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Palma de Mallorca, Spain




4 Semesters college-level Spanish, 2.75 GPA.

Application Due:

3/1 for fall/ academic year
9/24 for spring

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Established in 2006, the CIEE study center at Universitat de les Illes Balears provides an academic program for students with an advanced level of Spanish who are interested in tourism studies, business, humanities, Spanish literature and language, and social sciences. This program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) on behalf of a consortium of which the University of Iowa is a member. UI participants on the program join a group of students from other U.S. colleges and universities.

Academic Program

The academic offering consists of a combination of CIEE Study Center language and content courses and regular courses at UIB with other Spanish students, and an internship for credit. A full course load is considered four to five courses of three semester hours each. All instruction is in Spanish.

UI students earn resident credit which may be applied toward the following General Education Areas: Foreign Language, Historical Perspectives, International & Global Issues, Literary, Visual & Performing Arts and/or Values, Society & Diversity. Credit earned on this program may satisfy requirements for the International Business Certificate; some courses may satisfy requirements for the Spanish major or minor. To see an updated list of course offerings for this program, go here . (Click on the grey 'All Courses' bar to view classes)

2014-15 Program Dates

Fall 2014: 8/22/2014-12/19/2014

Spring 2015: TBA

** Final exams for direct enrollment courses typically take place in late-January. Students needing to leave in December must choose from a more restrictive list of direct enrollment courses that allow early exams. This program, in the spring semester, runs from mid-January to mid-May or late-May/early-June. CIEE courses end mid-May. Direct enrollment classes end late-May or early-June.

For More Information

More information about this program is available on the CIEE Palma Liberal Arts webpage. If you are interested in learning more about how this program fits in your academic plan, please make an appointment with Study Abroad Advisor Aubree Compton.


Situated on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, Spain is a strikingly beautiful and diverse country. The country has the second largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the largest number of World Heritage cities. Spain’s distinct regions means there is has something for everyone, from lush forests to towering mountains, stunning beaches to vibrant cities, Mediterranean islands and African enclaves. Widely known for excellent food and art, friendly locals, relaxed lifestyle, Flamenco culture, bullfights, fantastic beaches, and lots of sunshine, Spain has been one of the cultural centers of Europe for thousands of years and remains one of the most popular destinations in the world for study and travel.

Palma de Mallorca

The Balearic Islands Archipelago, comprised of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, is situated in Southwest Europe in the Western Mediterranean basin. The city of Palma, the capital of the Balearic Islands, is located on the island of Mallorca and nicknamed "la roqueta" (little rock) by the islanders. The population of Mallorca is just over 660,000, half of whom reside in Palma. Palma is a dream city on an island full of well-kept secrets, endowed with a rich past dating back to prehistoric ages. Mallorca enjoys a mild climate, a beautiful landscape with mountains and beaches, and urban life and culture.

Universidad de les Illes Balears

Universidad de les Illes Balears (UIB), a public institution with 15,000 students, was founded in 1978 and is the descendent of Mallorcan universities dating back to the 15th century. UIB is rooted in the culture of the Balearic Islands, with a strong commitment to serving society, sustainability, and respect towards the environment. UIB enjoys a modern campus with libraries, a bookstore, computer labs, sports facilities, banks, medical services, restaurants and cafeterias. The UIB campus is 7.5 km outside of Palma, in the director of the beautiful Sierra de Tramuntana mountains and the historic town of Valldemossa. UIB has wonderful sports facilities similar to those found on a U.S. campus including an indoor swimming pool, a gym, tennis, basketball, football and volleyball courts and numerous activities and courses that run throughout the year.

Living Logistics

Students live in Spanish-speaking homes where all meals are provided. Each home houses one student. In the homestay, students are considered to be part of the family and have the same rights and responsibilities as other family members. Homestays are located throughout the center of Palma and within walking distance to public transport to the University.

**Academic year students have the option of living in an apartment during their second semester. It is required that students share an apartment with other Spanish speaking roommates. Students who choose this option are responsible for finding, leasing, and managing the apartment on their own.


Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops. The majority of homestays have internet access and all participants will be able to use the internet at the Sa Riera university building where CIEE classes meet. There are also internet coffee shops and a few free wireless points located throughout the city.

Cultural Immersion

Social Activities

CIEE organizes several cultural activities throughout the semester to bring American and local university students together. These activities are a great way to meet local Spanish students while learning about the local culture. Such activities include: guided tours to local points of interest, intramural sports, nature and hiking, and participation in tradition island celebrations.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in a Conversation Exchange program with Spanish students, which helps provide American students with an opportunity to put their knowledge of the Spanish language to use in a social setting.

Volunteer Opportunities

Those who wish to volunteer during their time in Palma will find several opportunities for volunteer work with local children, senior citizens and the disabled. The Student Services department will provide more information about this possibility during the CIEE on-site orientation in Palma.


Students interested in working in tourism or business will have the opportunity to be placed in internships with local companies. Such companies include tourism and travel agencies, hotels, tour operator offices, museums, banks and non-profit humanitarian organizations. For-credit internships are overseen by a UIB professor. On-site work is complemented by a weekly academic component.

Teaching Opportunities

A TEFL assistantship is available to highly motivated students in the field of education who wish to gain teaching experience in a primary school in Palma. Participants will receive academic training focused on education and intercultural experience. All assistantship participants are required to work a minimum of 50 hours in a school throughout the semester. Weekly academic sessions (14 hours total per semester) establish a meeting point dedicated to the disussion of various concepts of the Spanish educational system and TEFL techniques.


CIEE organizes 4 informal workshops dedicated to the participant's personal development while living abroad. Workshops address an array of themes such as cultural identity, the Spanish university system, local gastronomy, how to come back from Spain, etc.


Local visits and excursions will introduce students to the rich cultural diversity of the Balearic Islands and the rest of Spain. Field trips include hiking excursions in the mountains of Palma, visits to local cathedrals, Arab bath houses and other cities of importance on the island. Students will also take part in a 3-day study trip to Madrid, Barcelona, Granada or another major Spanish city.




For students with 4 or more semesters of college Spanish (or equivalent). A minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required.

Next Steps and Application

Students interested in participating in this program must meet with Spain study abroad advisor Aubree Compton prior to application to discuss their program selection and receive information about supplemental materials that are required for an application. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353.

After receiving permission from your study abroad advisor to apply to this program, click here to begin your application.

Final admissions decisions are made by CIEE in Portland. Well-qualified candidates endorsed by Study Abroad are seldom rejected.

Application Deadline

The application deadline set for University of Iowa students is March 1 for fall and academic year programs and September 24 for the spring semester program.


The estimated program fee for the Fall 2014 semester is $16,943 for Iowa residents and $18,587 for non-residents. This fee includes all tuition and fees, airport meet and greet, housing and all meals in homestays or a monthly meal stipend in residence halls, orientation, cultural activities, excursions, international health insurance and the University of Iowa administrative fee. The program fee does not include transportation to Spain, personal expenses, books and supplies, visa expenses, and local transportation.

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the University of Iowa Study Abroad Office and your CIEE Program Advisor. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Application Administrative fee: $0
Course Fee: $300
After Cancellation Deposit Deadline (varies by program) Administrative fee: $400
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with CIEE
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: 100%
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with CIEE

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Pre-Departure Orientations in Iowa

Students participating in CIEE study abroad programs will have three separate pre-departure orientations:

The first orientation is for University of Iowa students attending this and other CIEE Spain programs. During this orientation, students receive information on registering for their program on ISIS, payment and billing, course approvals and other practical matters. Students also have the opportunity to ask questions about academics, Spanish culture and other general topics from someone who has lived, studied and worked in Spain.

The second required orientation is the general study abroad orientation for all University of Iowa students going abroad (called 'TIPS'). This orientation covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as Health and Safety, Communication, Money, Goals and much more. This event is usually held on a Saturday afternoon in late autumn/spring.

Finally, CIEE will hold an online pre-departure orientation specifically for students participating in the Palma Liberal Arts program prior to departure. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with their future peers and the resident director in an online setting.

On-Site Orientation in Spain

Upon arrival in Palma, students will attend a mandatory week-long orientation. During this session, participants will be introduced to the country, culture and academic program, and are provided with practical information about living in Palma. This orientation serves to inform students of issues relevant to their experience and help them make a gradual transition to Spanish island life. The orientation includes both structured cultural activities with UB students and independent sightseeing. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the duration of the program.