Name: Antonia Ferriol
CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain
After a week of orientation in Mallorca in which CIEE talks about the city of Palma, the locals (Spanish mallorquines), the university UIB and much more related to the CIEE study abroad program...
after living a little bit longer than one week with a Spanish homestay and trying so many different Mediterranean meals...
after investing fifteen hours of language class to review intensively Spanish grammar and conversation...
CIEE Palma de Mallorca students are ready to start regular classes at the university and also eager to explore more and more of this beautiful Mediterranean island's culture.
Students and RD Antonia in front of the University building where the CIEE Palma de Mallorca office is located
First orientation day: CIEE housing coordinator Susan, explains Palma de Mallorca city map to the students
Today, CIEE Palma students are all settled and living comfortably with their Mallorcan homestay. Some students decide to spend lots of time in the house and become a true member of the family, some students prefer to go out with friends more often, but in any case all the students integrate well with their Spanish family and share a family life-style in the Spanish way. Bellow you can see the moment in which a student meets her family during orientation
During the beginning of the second week, CIEE Palma students are invited by the Spanish university (UIB) to several events organized for international students, coming from all over Europe (Erasmus), and around the world. These events include a welcome reception and an excursion to the Modernist town Soller with one wood old train from 1912. On Friday, all international students will go out to eat tapas in downtown Palma.
CIEE Palma de Mallorca students have taken an intensive language class (15 hours), which reviews the most important aspects of advanced Spanish grammar, and immerses students in speaking Spanish at an academic level before going into regular university classes. CIEE Palma de Mallorca students sign a Language Commitment and are also assigned language partners or intercambios if they want to practice more Spanish on a regular basis with other Spanish students. This week some students have started regular university classes. A few students will start next week.
Students doing an activity in the intensive language class
On Friday we will visit the Gothic Castle of Bellver (XIV century round castle on a hill with incredible views of Palma) and in the afternoon we will learn the basics of Salsa.
From the very beginning, CIEE Palma students meet the Guardian Angels, Spanish university students who help US students to learn the basics of Palma. This year we have four students collaborating with CIEE, as this is one of the aspects of the program CIEE students love the most because it helps them to make good Spanish friends from the start.
Students on campus with language professor Tamara, and Guardian Angel Spanish student Carlos
After only nine intense days, CIEE Palma students have been exposed to speaking Spanish at all times (a total of 216 hours of Spanish!), and they are eager to continue the semester in Palma de Mallorca and experience the new Spanish culture.