CIEE-Palma de Mallorca

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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Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice



Nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean, Palma de Mallorca is a bustling capital city with a laid-back island atmosphere. Its pristine beaches, rich history, fantastic nightlife, and one-of-a-kind gastronomy make it easy to see why Mallorca is a favorite among European tourists.   

The port city of Palma is dominated by an impressive Gothic Cathedral, the elegant Moorish Almudaina Palace, and the round Medieval Bellver Castle. Mediterranean in essence, the palm-fringed marina bristles with masts, and beyond lies a tapestry of Gothic, Medieval, Modernist, and Moorish architecture, tiny shops, and busy squares. The flat terrain makes for easy walking and biking. On the rest of the island, you'll see small villages, stone houses, and the impressive Tramuntana Mountains. In and out of the city, you'll be tempted to adopt the local active way of life and make the most of the beautiful landscapes and azure waters around you.


Spend your semester living and learning in Mallorca’s treasured capital, Palma, where you will immerse yourself in one of Spain’s most idyllic communities! Designed for students from all academic backgrounds, the Semester in Palma program is the perfect chance to earn credits toward your degree while immersing yourself in Spanish culture.  

When class is in session, you'll choose from a unique mix of flexible and diverse courses (in English or Spanish) at CIEE Palma and CIEE's renowned partner institution, Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB). You may also enroll in courses with a local flavor, like language, photography, cuisine, or sustainability initiatives. 

Outside the classroom, you'll have every opportunity to bask in island life by exploring all Mallorca has to offer. Immerse yourself in the local culture with optional credit-bearing internships, volunteering opportunities, or language programs. Don't stop there; round out your study abroad adventure by participating in co-curricular and extracurricular activities and off-the-beaten-path trips organized by CIEE to appreciate Palma’s impressive cultural attractions and landmarks.

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


The program is open to Purdue students in good standing 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.

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 Semester in Palma program encourages students to link their unique Mediterranean surroundings with their classroom studies. Coursework could include anything from learning about the tourism economy to environmental conservation. Classes are taken at CIEE Palma and the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB).

More information about courses can be found on the CIEE program page.


Featured excursion:

Enjoy an overnight excursion to Madrid, Spain’s capital and most populous city, where we visit Prado and Reina Sofia Museums, the Royal Palace, the Retiro Park, the old Austria Dinasty neighborhood, and the Puerta del Sol. During our visit, we will indulge in delicious tapas and famous churros with chocolate. Alternative overnights may include excursions to other locations in Spain, such as Seville, Granada, Valencia, etc.

Other excursions and activities:

  • Day trip to Alcudia to wander on top of the old walls of the city, discover the traditional flea market, visit Pollentia Roman ruins, and hike La Victoria to see the impressive views of the mountains over the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean 
  • Participate in a wine tasting at a traditional local family-owned winery to learn about the history of the family and their wine, visit the vineyards, and taste their delicious products 
  • Visit two local newspapers (Diario de Mallorca, Mallorca Zeitung) and learn about the role of written press in Southern Europe 
  • Visit the City Hall and the Parliament of the Balearic Islands to learn about Spanish and local Government structures


Homestays: Students live with a Spanish-speaking family, with or without another CIEE student, and immerse themselves in the city’s language and culture. Each student has an individual room. Breakfast and dinner are included.

Apartments: Students stay in furnished apartments in single or double rooms. Apartments have access to the kitchen and shared common spaces. They are located in safe areas near plenty of shopping and eating options, with direct access to supermarkets, restaurants, and public transport. Meals are not included.

All housing is within a 30-minute commute to the main square in downtown Palma. The local university is accessible by metro (15-minute ride) and bus (20-minute ride) from the main square. 

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.

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

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

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