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CIEE-Palma de Mallorca Business and Tourism

Program Location Palma, Spain
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31020
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Spring 2016 01/31/16 to 05/28/16
Past Dates
Fall 2015 09/05/15 to 12/19/15

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CIEE-Palma de Mallorca Business and Tourism
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The Business and Tourism study abroad program in Palma de Mallorca is designed for students with an academic interest in studying business, tourism, and/or hospitality alongside Spanish students in a direct enrollment environment, with a global perspective, and the goal to develop management skills for future leadership in the tourism and hospitality industry. Students are offered the opportunity to participate in an internship and to be exposed to a professional tourism work atmosphere in a foreign environment where they can apply the business vocabulary and skills gained in class in real-life professional situations.

Location: The city of Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the Balearic Islands and the number one tourist destination in Europe.  Twelve million people visit Mallorca each year and 81% of the local GNP is tied to tourism.  Some of Europe's major tourism enterprises have their headquarters in Palma:  Sol Melia, Iberostar, Viajes Iberia, Riu Hotels, AirEuropa, Air Berlin and Barcelo.

The city has inspired artists, and writers for centuries. The city stands out over the rest of the island with her tiny traditional shops and Modernist facades as well as tall buildings crowding the bay shore, in direct contrast to the small romantic villages with stone houses found in the northern mountains. Blessed with a gentle climate and cosmopolitan urban life, mixed with traditional culture, no wonder Palma has become an international melting pot, with about 25 percent of its inhabitants coming from other countries.

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


CIEE-Palma de Mallorca Business and Tourism
Mallorca's attractive terraced houses.

The program is open to Purdue students 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 for the internship.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: HTM

If students complete courses while abroad from Purdue colleges that have not approved the program, they might be able to earn transfer credit for those courses. Students interested in pursuing transfer credit should discuss this with both their academic advisor and their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

The program is designed for tourism, hospitality and recreation management students as well as business students with interest in these areas. 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.

Students have the option to intern 130-225 hours hours during the semester. There is a prerequisite of two semesters of Spanish for the internship. Please see the CIEE website for details and options.


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 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 listed below includes tuition, fees, housing and meals.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2013

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$8,700.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.10
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00
Purdue Study Abroad Scholarship (Semester) [More Info]- $3000

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,950.00
Local Transportation$300.00
Books and Supplies$300.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $2,800.00 -$4,000.00
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 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 on-line 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 Business and Tourism
Palma de Mallorca coastline.

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

Country map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin