CIEE-Palma de Mallorca: Semester and Internship in Palma for HTM

Program Details

Program Location Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31030
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
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CIEE-Palma de Mallorca: Semester and Internship in Palma for HTM



This program has been specifically designed for Purdue HTM majors.  By participating in this program, HTM students can complete 320 hours of a supervised internship at a hotel in Palma de Mallorca as well as earn 12-15 credits towards their Purdue degree.

ALL PARTICIPANTS will complete the regular CIEE Business and Tourism program during the semester, taking courses at the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) and completing 200 hours of internship (20 hours per week) during the semester. 

FALL SEMESTER PARTICIPANTS - Students will arrive in mid-August, prior to the start of fall classes, and intern 30 hours per week until classes start. At the end of the program in December, they will have completed a grand total of 320 internship hours.

SPRING SEMESTER PARTICIPANTS - At the completion of the spring semester classes in June, students will continue to work 30 hours per week until mid-July, earning a grand total of 320 internship hours.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.


CIEE-Palma de Mallorca: Semester and Internship in Palma for HTM

The program is open to Purdue HTM majors who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture. 

Two semesters of college-level Spanish is recommended. 

Must meet prerequisites for the course, HTM 30200 Hospitality and Tourism Industry Internship.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: HTM (HHS) and SLC, COM, POL, IDIS & HIST (CLA)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

The program is designed for tourism, hospitality and recreation management students. CIEE study abroad students are provided the opportunity to study various aspects of business, tourism and hospitality in a direct enrollment environment with local Spanish students and courses taught by CIEE faculty. CIEE courses include an important hands-on experience to observe first hand different companies and institutions dedicated to tourism.

Classes meet two times a week, and are scheduled Monday through Friday. Most 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; no detailed calendar is usually provided.

Purdue students will earn between 12 and 15 credit hours by completing the courses offered by CIEE.  In addition, they will earn 1 credit hour for HTM 30200: Hospitality and Tourism Industry Internship.  For more details, please email Professor Howard Adler (


The program is supplemented with cultural activities and field trips throughout the city of Palma and the island of Mallorca. Field trips include: a hiking excursion including an overnight stay in a refuge in Mallorca’s mountains; visits in Palma including Cathedral, Bellver Castle, Almudaina Palace, Arab Baths, City Hall, museums, and historic district. Day excursions include visits to historical and natural sites around Mallorca such as the towns of Valldemossa, Deia, Sóller, Pollença, and Alcudia.

Organized cultural activities designed to bring Amer ican and Spanish University students together, including conversation exchanges with Spanish students, a Spanish cooking class, a salsa class, games, movies, and tapas nights, beach picnics, and participation in traditional celebrations around the island.

Students take part in a three-day trip to Madrid. The following visits are related to the academic component of the program: guided visit to the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, the Madrid Stock Market, tour of the historical center from a perspective of cultural heritage tourism; Prado and Reina Sofía Museums; Royal Palace; and the Congress.

Field visits are organized to complement the student’s academic studies, particularly the CIEE language and content courses, through firsthand exposure to sites related to business, tourism, and hospitality. Sites may include areas of mass tourism and over-development on Mallorca, rural eco-tourist sites, sun and beach hotels, and environmental and governmental agencies.


Students live in a Spanish speaking home where three daily meals are provided. On weekdays, the mid-day meal could be a sandwich to take to the university or equivalent. There is only one student per homestay. Housing is in the center of Palma within walking distance to public transportation to the university. Students take the metro (14 minutes) or a bus (20 to 30 minutes) to the University. Homestays are an important contribution to the students’ commitment to cultural and linguistic immersion.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The program fee includes tuition, housing, internship placement and oversight, excursions, on-site orientation, and all meals.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2019

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $18,245.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,200.00
Local Transportation $400.00
Visa $160.00
Books and Supplies $300.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $3,500.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

CIEE-Palma de Mallorca: Semester and Internship in Palma for HTM

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For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email