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  • Locations: Palma, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: 1-Sophomore and Above Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Course Prerequisite(s): None Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment, Homestay
Click here for a definition of this term Internship Option: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Volunteer/Service Opportunities: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Research Option: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Max Credits To Receive/Transfer: 20
Click here for a definition of this term Disciplines of Classes Available: Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Biology, Business, Business and Management, Communications, Computing Science, Culture and Environment, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Human Service Studies, International Relations, Government & Society, International Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Women's/Gender Studies Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor/Manager: Catherine Hinken
ELR Unit: 2 units
Program Description:
AboutAcademicsDatesCostScholarships / GrantsHousingEligibilityApplicationsVisaOrientationsInformation / Links
This is a new program starting Fall 2020. Students with questions should contact the program manager at 336-278-6700 for more information.



About the Location

A bustling port city, Palma is the capital of both Mallorca and the Balearic Islands. Palma has a rich history that's reflected in its eclectic architecture and one of a kind Mallorcan culture, traditions, and cuisine. Flat terrain makes for easy walking and biking in this vibrant commercial and cultural center. With the Mediterranean Sea and Tramuntana Mountains at your doorstep, there’s no shortage of azure waters and picturesque landscapes to explore.


Who is this program right for?

The Spanish department has approved this program for Spanish majors. 

This program is ideal for students at all Spanish language levels, looking to take a mixture of classes with local students and other CIEE study abroad students. While CIEE markets the program as "Business and Tourism," this program is a great fit for business and non-business majors alike. Students takes courses alongside locals at CIEE’s partner school, Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB), where students canchoose from a wide range of courses including business, science, engineering, literature, social sciences, and humanities. Courses are offered in both English and Spanish. There is an opportunity for an internship or research on the program. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

What is this program like?

This program requires students to take 4-5 courses for a total of 16-20 Elon credit hours.  One key feature of the program is that it is designed to push students to improve their language skills, therefore students with prior Spanish study may be required to take some or all of their courses in Spanish.  All students are required to take a Spanish language course. In addition to the Spanish language course, students must take at least one CIEE content course, 1 UIB course, and then 1-2 additional courses of the student's choosing. Courses at both CIEE and UIB may be offered in either English or Spanish.

This program also includes a variety of different excursions throughout the semester, aimed at to help students encounter Mallorca and Spanish culture in both an exciting educational setting. Some example excursions include hiking and outdoor activities on different parts of the island, visiting historic sites such as the Gothic Catherdral in Palma and the Arab Baths, field visits, and lessons in cooking, salsa, etc. 

Academic Notes

  • Students intending to take upper-level business electives while on this program should have a solid foundation in their Fundamentals/Principle courses. Many of the business courses on this program are upper-level electives, which require a pre-requisite of the Fundamentals/Principles course. 
  • Students with beginner- to intermediate-level Spanish (up to three semesters) take classes in English. Students with intermediate to advanced Spanish (four and five semesters) take a combination of classes in English and Spanish. Advanced students (those with six or more semesters of Spanish) take all of their coursework in Spanish. Spanish majors should intend to take their classes in Spanish. 
  • Class attendance is mandatory and absences affect grades. CIEE instructors provide detailed syllabi and students should expect daily homework assignments. University professors normally combine lectures, tutorials, seminars, and, in the sciences, laboratory classes, and expect independent work from students. At the university, it is common to get a syllabus with an outline of themes, a list of recommended readings, and grading criteria, but no detailed calendar. In most cases, at least half the final grade is based on a final exam.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • View the course listings for the program.
  • Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.

General Program Dates

Fall Semester: Early September - late December
Spring Semester: Early February* - early June

*Academic year students should expect to return in mid-January to complete final examinations



Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:

  • Fall Budget Sheet
  • Spring Budget Sheet 

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC.  For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

CIEE offers scholarships to students studying abroad on CIEE programs. Information is available on the CIEE website.



The recommended housing option for this program is with Spanish-speaking host families.  Students may choose to be the only student in a host family, or to be paired with another student. Homestay housing includes three meals daily as well as laundry service.  All host families are carefully screened by CIEE. Homestays are a wonderful opportunity to imporive Spanish language skills, experience Spanish culture on a personal level, and are located a short distance to the center of Palma. 

Alternative housing options are shared apartments, in Palma, where students will live with other CIEE students and local Spanish students. Meals and laundry service are not included in the apartment option, but students will have access to a kitchen where they can prepare their own meals.

Additional Eligibility Notes

No previous Spanish is required. Students must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA.


Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by CIEE.


A visa is a special page inserted into a passport to show that the holder has received permission from the government to remain in the country for an extended period of time.  Students may be required to appear in person at the Spanish consulate with jurisdiction over their home state in order to apply for a visa.  In many cases this will require transportation to and a hotel stay in the appropriate city.  Students should take these expenses and time commitments into account when applying for this program.  Students should also be aware that the visa process will require surrendering their passports for a period of up to eight weeks, during which time students will not be able to travel outside of the United States.  There is also a fee associated with applying for the visa.
To find the consulate with jurisdiction over your home state, please click here.
Students will receive more information about the visa process during orientation.


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.  Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Click here for the semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule.

Additional Information and Links

Want to know more?  Like the Global Education Center on Facebook to chat with alumni and prospective students and receive study abroad updates.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can read the profiles of our current Global Ambassadors and reach out to them via email. They're more than happy to talk with you about a wide variety of topics including academics, mental health abroad, identity while abroad, finances, etc.

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Spanish Embassy in D.C.

U.S. Embassy in Madrid
U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 11/15/2018
12/04/2018 09/02/2019 12/21/2019
Academic Year 2019-2020 11/15/2018
12/04/2018 09/02/2019 05/30/2020
This program will begin accepting applications for fall 2020.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.