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CIEE Palma de Mallorca Liberal Arts Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Palma de Mallorca, Spain




5 Semesters college-level Spanish, 2.75 GPA, must have valid passport at the time of application.

Application Due:

3/1 for fall/ academic year
9/15 for spring

Program Cost:

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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 some General Education Areas. Credit earned on this program may satisfy requirements for the International Business Certificate; some courses satisfy requirements for the Spanish major or minor.

Program Dates

This program's calendar depends on the specific courses that a student takes. In the fall semester the program begins in early September and ends in mid-December or mid-February depending on course selection. If students prefer to return to the US in December, the resident director will work with the student to identify courses that will allow for early exams. In the spring semester, the program begins in late January and ends in late-May or June. The academic year program encompasses both semesters.

For More Information

Please come to the Study Abroad Resource Room for a CIEE program catalog that contains much more detailed information than available on our webpage.

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.

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.

Living Arrangements

Students live in a Spanish home where they have breakfast and dinner with the family (included in the program fee). On the weekend, all three meals are included in the program fee. Living with a host family allows students to understand local culture on a personal and detailed level as well providing language learning benefits

Local Transportation

Students take the bus or light rail to the University from their home, a ride of approximately 20-30 minutes.


Minimum pre-requisites include five semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) and a cumulative grade point average of 2.75. Students must have a valid passport at the time of application.

Application Deadline

The online application for the spring session of this program will be available from 8/1 to 9/20. Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.

The application deadline for fall and academic year programs is February 21st.

How to Apply

Before starting an application for this program, students should must meet with their study abroad advisor 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.

Click here to apply.

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


The program fee for spring programs is available by September 15. The program fee for fall and academic year students is available on February 15. This program fee includes an optional on-site airport greet, tuition, housing and all meals in homestays or a monthly meal stipend in University residencias, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, travel insurance, and the UI administrative fee. The program fee does not include transportation to Spain, personal expenses, books and supplies, visa expenses, and local transportation.

Orientation Information

All participants attend a pre-departure orientation specific to the program as well as a general study abroad orientation. CIEE also conducts online orientations for their students.