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Program Description


CIEE - Palma Ocean View
Photo courtesy of CIEE

   Quick Facts

  • Learn Spanish with a focus on tourism and business vocabulary while living on the Mediterranean coast; all levels offered
  • Study business; tourism; hospitality; meeting, event & recreation management in English (or Spanish), with Spanish and other international students at a highly ranked university - Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB)
  • Experience a professional work atmosphere from a global perspective while completing an internship for credit in a company or hotel
  • Explore natural and cultural sites, international and new-technology companies, areas of mass tourism and over-development, rural eco-tourist sites, and hotels


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.

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. The perfect combination of dynamic metropolis and relaxed holiday ease, it's easy to see why Palma is a top European tourist destination and home to industry leaders, such as Air Europa, Barcelo, Iberostar, TUI, Hotel Beds, Sol Melia, and Viajes Iberia.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* if your program is more 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

Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) is a young university with an enrollment of 13,000 students. 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.

Palma de Mallorca’s economy depends mainly upon tourism, which has resulted in a stronger emphasis in academia and research on tourism studies, business, economics, human resources, and environmental sustainability. The UIB Schools of Business and Tourism offer two degrees, one in Business and the other one in Tourism, in English, in which CIEE students enroll. The Tourism degree offered has been ranked as number one in the country. The Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research ranks Tourism and Hospitality research at UIB as #1 in Spain, #2 in Europe and #17 in the World.

CIEE courses are for CIEE study abroad students only. The majority of students in regular university classes are Spanish. CIEE class size is small. Business classes at the Universitat de les Illes Balears range from 20 to 50 students. All classes are taught in English or in Spanish.. CIEE students with a high level of Spanish can enroll in regular university courses in Spanish, as well as in CIEE content courses offered through the Liberal Arts program.

Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday and meet twice a week. Some 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; a detailed calendar is usually not provided.

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

Put your new Spanish language skills and academic knowledge to work with a for credit internship. Work in the human resources or corporate social responsibility department at the headquarters for Riu Hotels, the second-biggest Spanish hotel chain. Help with marketing analysis, database maintenance, and research at Amara Marketing, a small local marketing agency. Or assist at the reception desk at Puro Hotel, an urban spa hotel famous for its lounge music bar and international events. You’ll gain important skills, and experience Spain in a whole new way.

Internships grant 3 credits (for 130 hours of work in a company), or 6 credits (for 225 hours of work in a company). 6 credit internships are only offered in the Spring on an as available basis. Students must seek approval through their department at ASU to determine the credit they will receive. 

CIEE Palma- Classroom

CIEE - Palma UIB 2

CIEE - Palma Company Visit

CIEE - Palma Cooking
Photos courtesy of CIEE


CIEE - Palma Family
Photo courtesy of CIEE

Program Housing

Students have two housing options: they can live in a Spanish-speaking home where three daily meals are provided; or in an individual room at a hostel with breakfast included.
Homestays: Homestays are the most 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 firsthand. Homestays are in the center of Palma and within walking distance to public transportation to the university, and no more than a 20-minute walk to the main central square. Students have their own room and are placed on an individual basis. However, those students who specifically wish to share housing may request to live with another program participant with each student in their own separate bedroom. All meals, laundry, and internet access are provided.
Shared Apartment: Students can opt to stay in an apartment that is not affiliated with the university in central Palma. Apartments may have double or single rooms and have shared kitchens and laundry facilities. Students live with other CIEE students and a Spanish student. In apartments, meals are not included, but students will have kitchen facilities to prepare their own meals (or eat on or off campus).

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 Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year 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 Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year 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
Spring Semester 2020 09/25/2019
Rolling Admission 02/10/2020 06/06/2020
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.
Fall Semester 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
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.
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2021 09/25/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
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.

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed