- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.50 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program for majors other than Hospitality Management
- Junior standing for Hospitality Management students
Join Spanish students in specially designed Spanish or English-taught classes, and visit Palma hospitality and tourism businesses to develop critical management skills, industry vocabulary, and a global business perspective. Experience a professional work atmosphere while pursuing a for-credit internship in a company or hotel in Palma. In addition to Spanish, you can also study Spanish literature, education, psychology, and international law. Or intern at a Palma school teaching English as a Second Language.
This program is designed for business, tourism, hospitality, or international studies students. Participants examine the various aspects of business, tourism, or international law in a direct enrollment environment with local Spanish students both in English and in Spanish, and in courses taught by CIEE faculty. Students from all other majors are also welcome, as they can enroll in regular university courses in Spanish and in English from studies offered at Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) – including anthropology, biology, education, engineering, health, international law, philosophy, psychology, Spanish literature and linguistics. CIEE Palma also offers an internship in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).
In Palma, you'll learn by doing field-study activities outside the classroom, exploring Spanish culture, and visiting different companies and institutions dedicated to international business, tourism, and recreation. CIEE language courses are taught by UIB teachers who specialize in Spanish as a second language. All other courses are taught by UIB faculty and business professionals.
Students enroll at UIB, which is a modern university hosting 13,000 students. Palma’s economy depends on tourism, so the university emphasizes tourism studies, business, economics, human resources, and environmental sustainability. The Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research ranks the UIB Tourism program first in Spain, second in Europe, and seventeenth in the world.
Fall: early September - mid December
Spring: early February - late May
Refer to CIEE's website for the specific dates, if available.
Palma de Mallorca is the top tourist destination in Europe, and headquarters for some of Europe’s major tourism enterprises, such as Air Europa, Barceló, Iberostar, TUI, Hotel Beds, Sol Meliá, and Viajes Iberia. The port city is dominated by a gothic Cathedral, an elegant Moorish palace, and a medieval castle. The palm-fringed marina bristles with masts, and beyond lies a tapestry of gothic, medieval, modernist, and Moorish architecture, tiny shops, and busy squares. Flat terrain makes for easy walking and biking. Beyond the city are small villages, stones houses, and the impressive Tramuntana Mountains. No matter where you are, you’ll be tempted to act like a local and adopt an active lifestyle so you can make the most of the landscapes and azure waters around you.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.