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Program Description


CIEE - Palma Ocean View
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   Quick Facts

  • Take classes which include visits to sites of socioeconomic, natural, and cultural importance related to tourism, the marine environment, history and traditions of the Mediterranean, and contemporary history, politics, culture, and gastronomy of Spain
  • Become immersed in Spanish culture through a homestay, the inclusion of Spanish university students in CIEE activities, and language exchange partners
  • Participate in 1 or 2 summer sessions, completing 1 course (3 credits) per 4-week session


CIEE - Palma City

CIEE Palma- Excursion
Photos courtesy of CIEE

Location Details

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.

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. In 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.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will not require a visa if your program is less than 90 days in length.* Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Established in 2006, the CIEE Study Center at the Universitat de les Illes Balears provides an academic summer study abroad program for students interested in Spanish Mediterranean culture. Participants also have the opportunity to develop or improve their Spanish language skills, while learning about Spain through living in Palma. CIEE courses include a substantial interactive and practical component. Learning by doing is promoted with field study activities outside the classroom. Course offerings are limited during the summer, to learn more about what classes will be offered, please visit CIEE's website.

Class sizes are small, and all professors in the CIEE Language and Culture summer program are accustomed to teaching U.S. students. The program comprises three sessions, and students may choose to participate in one or multiple. Courses meet every morning or afternoon, Monday through Friday.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Course Levels, Credit & Grades
Students earn 3 credits per summer session.

The CIEE Palma Study Center follows U.S. grading and credit standards. Attendance requirements are strict and grades will be impacted by missed classes.

  CIEE Study Center ASU
Course Levels CIEE 1000 & 2000 level courses Lower division
CIEE 3000 & 4000 level courses Upper division
Credits 3 credits* 3 credits*
*Courses offered may vary in credit amount. CIEE Study Center classes will convert to ASU credit on a 1:1 basis.
CIEE Palma- Classroom

CIEE - Palma Cooking
Photos courtesy of CIEE


CIEE - Palma Family
Photo courtesy of CIEE

Program Housing

In Palma, students have two housing options: they can live in a Spanish speaking home where three daily meals are provided; or in a shared room at a hostel with no meals included.

Homestays: Housing is in the center of Palma. Students can walk from their homestays to Sa Riera, the University building in which classes meet (no more than a 20 minute walk). Homestays are an important contributing factor to the students’ commitment to cultural and linguistic immersion. By living with a Spanish family, study abroad students practice in day-to-day life Spanish language, and experience Spanish culture first-hand. Most homestays do not speak English.

Hostel: Share a room with one or three CIEE students in a hostel unaffiliated with the university, in central Palma. Each floor has a shared bathroom. The hostel has common living spaces, a kitchen, and laundry area. WiFi,  bi-weekly cleaning, and linen service included.  The hostel is a 10-minute walk from the city’s main square and a 15-minute walk from UIB downtown building where classes and CIEE offices are located. No meals are included.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/18/2020 07/13/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
This program offers two summer sessions:
Summer 1 runs from 05/18/2020 - 06/15/2020.
Summer 2 runs from 06/15/2019 - 07/13/2020.
Students may participate in either session or both sessions.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.