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Newsletter III, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Fall 2014

We are half through the semester at the University of the Balearic Islands. I think it is a good moment to share with you some of the activities we have been doing since our last newsletter. And we will do it with images and a little bit of history…

Torre des verger

Sierra de Tramuntana, World Heritage Site since 2012. We got to visit the towers built in the 17th century to defend the villages on the coast from surprise corsair attacks, which usually happened in the nights. In 1558 Menorca lost half of its population due to these attacks. Therefore, the importance of these towers which were used to communicate with fire the imminent attack to all the other towers along the coast.


In this excursion, we visited La Granja, a mansion and a farm with Muslim origins, which was rebuilt as we see it in the 17th century. We were able to learn about traditions and even try delicious buñuelos, a Mallorcan pastry which is eaten to celebrate the Day of the Virgins, a non-PC tradition in Mallorca, in which men sing to women and all together eat buñuelos. Evidently nowadays women sign serenades to men and of course men can cook buñuelos!

La granja

La granja 2

La granja noria

Tasting mallorcan buñuelos

We were also able to see how traditional blown glass is made at Lafiore factory, using a technique brought to Mallorca by the Phoenicians 200 years Before Christ.


During these months, we have visited the Cathedral, the Almudaina Palace, La Lonja, the Arab Baths, and the cloister convent of Santa Clara (where we got to buy pastries made by the nuns). We learnt the differences between Romanic and Gothic architecture, as well as the history of the Muslims and Christians in Mallorca. We wandered around the narrow streets (Arab design), and were able to see an arch from the Roman period of the city of Palma, which was actually founded by the Romans in year 123 BC.

Baños arabes

Palma Cathedral is known as the Cathedral of Light because Mediterranean light goes through the 87 stained glass windows and the 8 impressive rose windows, one of them the biggest of the Gothic world. It is also known as the Cathedral of Space, because it is said that with 43m of height is the gothic cathedral which with less stone embraces more useful space.


Under La Almudaina Palace, rest prehistoric remains from the Talayotic period, as well as part of the Roman city, and the Muslim fortress. It is said that this is the building which, together with the Cathedral, can better tell the whole history of the city of Palma from its origins to contemporary Palma, as this is the place where the king and queen of Spain receive most important visits to Mallorca.


In September, students went on an excursion by boat from Soller to Torrent de Pareïs.

Sa calobra 1

Sa calobra 2

Language classes visited the family own Macià Batle winery and vineyards, and finished with a wine and food tasting.


Winery 2

Macia 2

Macia 1

Macia 3

On the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), students visited the cemetery with our Guardian Angel David. Students were impressed by the massive attendance of people to decorate with flowers the graves of their Dead Beloved ones. 

Dia de los muertos 2

Dia de los muertos

Our students keep learning about business and other matters at their internships: teaching "English as a Foreign Language" to children in a public local school, learning about how a small five star hotel functions at Urban Hotel Santa Clara and Hotel Palacio Ca Sa Galesa, and learning about development with non-profit Fundación Vicente Ferrer.

On their own, the group of students travelled to Menorca, which is not the typical trip our students usually do. They loved the island and had a wonderful experience with people from there as you can see below.

Menorca 4

Menorca 5

Menorca 6

Happy Thanksgiving and till next time! 

From Antonia Ferriol and the CIEE team in Palma de Mallorca 

Elizabeth ho en la catedral

One of our fall students enjoying her day 

by the Parque del Mar, down the Cathedral 


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We are half through the semester at the University of the Balearic Islands. I think it is a good moment to share with you some of the activities we have been doing since our last newsletter. And we will do it with images and a little bit of history…

Sierra de Tramuntana, World Heritage Site since 2012. We got to visit the towers built in the 17th century to defend the villages on the coast from surprise corsair attacks, which usually happened in the nights. In 1558 Menorca lost half of its population due to these attacks. Therefore, the importance of these towers which were used to communicate with fire the imminent attack to all the other towers along the coast, signed in the map.

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Newsletter II, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Fall 2014

Greetings from Antonia Ferriol, RD of CIEE Palma de Mallorca!

A month has passed since the day our students were nervous to meet their homestays at the orientation hotel, and since that first night when they were excited and a little bit afraid to try the different kind of Mallorcan tapas and pambolis. Now our students are settled in their Spanish home, know how to move around the intricate streets of Palma, have started to meet with their intercambio, and are attending regularly their CIEE and university classes.

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University Campus, picture by Dan Smith

CIEE language classes (Beginning Spanish, Intermediate Spanish, and Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics) visited the 15th century castle of the city of Palma.

Castle 2

This castle is well known for its museum of history of Palma, for being the only Gothic round castle in Spain, wonderfully preserved, and for its incredible views of the Bay of Palma.

No wonder its name Bellver means “Beautiful view”.


This semester, CIEE students are enrolled in the following CIEE and UIB classes: Urban Geography, Tourism Marketing I, Memory and Cognition, Personality and Adaptation, Innovation Management, Philosophy of Politics, International Meetings and Event Planning, Palma in the Mediterranean, Beginning Spanish, Intermediate Spanish, Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics, and Introduction to Everyday Catalan.


Four students are undertaking internships this semester. Keara is teaching "English as a Foreign Language" to children in a public local school, and so far she says she loves the experience. Bailey and Elizabeth are interning at the reception in Urban Hotel Santa Clara and Hotel Palacio Ca Sa Galesa. And Charlotte is interning at a non-profit organization which works with Anantapur in India, named Fundación Vicente Ferrer.

Group meeting

You can see here pictures of some of the activities we have been doing so far:

Nit de l'art


Night of the Arts in Palma: Open Museums


Biking along the Bay of Palma

Festa del vermarGrape Harvest at the Village of Binissalem

Finally, last weekend we spent three days in the capital of Spain, Madrid. On top of the usual visits to the Museo del Prado and Museo Reina Sofía, the Retiro Park, and a guided tour of the historic center of Madrid, we ate churros con chocolate and tapas, and visited the Egyptian Debod temple.



Chocolate churros
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Plaza españa

Palacio cristal


This coming weekend we will explore Sierra de Tramuntana, World Heritage Site since 2012. So in our next newsletter, we will share with you some great stories and more pictures.

Have a great semester!

Antonia Ferriol

CIEE Palma de Mallorca




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CIEE Palma de Mallorca Fall 2014 - FIRST DAY IN PALMA

Bailey, Charlotte, Cullen, Daniel, Elizabeth and Keara arrived yesterday into Palma de Mallorca. How exciting to meet at the Orientation Hotel and then wander around the old streets of Palma for the first time!

Plaza Mayor


Plaza Mayor 

The first time that a person sees the Mediterranean Sea from the top of the 16th Century walls of the old City of Palma, with the impressive Gothic Cathedral behind and the deep blue sea on the front, one can’t stop marveling and thinking how lucky Mallorcans are, being able to see this view every single day.

We ended the day having delicious Spanish tapas such as pulpo a la gallega, gambas al ajillo, pimientos de padrón, fiambres, tumbet, queso manchego, and more. And then of course a chocolate dessert, mouse de chocolate con nata, which has chosen unanimously by the six students.

Today students are spending the morning discovering Palma downtown with one of the Guardian Angels, David. And in the afternoon we have orientation sessions to help them prepare for a wonderful experience in Mallorca.

Have a great semester!
Antonia Ferriol, RD

CatedralCathedral (La Seu)


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Newsletter I: CIEE Summer 2014 in Palma de Mallorca


During Summer Session I 2014 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, students have been studying the following topics:

-       Spanish Language at different levels

-       Spanish for Business and Tourism: an Introduction to Tourism in Mallorca (Business, in Spanish)

-       Spain Today (Politics and Society, in Spanish)

-       Mediterranean Cuisine (Cooking and Wine Tasting, in English)

-       Internship in a business company or in a hotel department (Business or Hospitality Internship, in Spanish)



This year we are so glad and excited to have a great number of students in session I. Our staff  worked since the beginning to help them all feel comfortable and integrated in this study abroad experience. 

Rientation session

Our students learnt about the history of the beautiful city of Palma, its culture, gastronomy, architecture, and of course the basics of how to move around the city. We also explained them all the activities (excursions, field visits…) they were going to take, and went in detail about the map where they could find the addresses of their homestays, as you can see on the right. Students met their homestays, and gave them two kisses the Spanish style! 

During orientation, the CIEE summer group spent a lot of time with our Guardian Angels (Rita and Juanma). They are Spanish Students who help CIEE students with buying cellphones, getting around the city, going out for tapas, finding out about the amazing nightlife by the harbour of Palma, and discovering the closest beach used by Palma locals, a well-kept secret. 

Students also enjoyed a biking experience. The chance to bike along Palma’s bay and delight with the view of the sea is a unique memory to keep in their mind forever.


All our summer classes have a hands-on component and put students in contact with relevant local examples related to the content of each particular subject.



This class did a thorough field visit to three very different hotels owned by the famous Spanish hotel chain Sol Melià: Antillas Barbados (family and children oriented), Beach House (a design driven beachfront hotel, connected with Nikki Beach, a restaurant and a bar with the finest international gourmet cuisine), and Sol Wave House (flow boarding and innovative experience hotel which is the first Tweet Hotel in the entire world).


In each hotel, we were received either by the Director, the Event Organizer Manager, or the Marketing Management Director. Lectures introduced us to the special characteristics of each hotel, the type of audience, sales techniques, relevant marketing strategies, services offered, differentiation and innovation goals, etc. They were complemented by the answers to the questions made by students (all in Spanish, of course).


We were impressed by the two innovative artificial wave machines for flowboarding, the infinity pool, the landscape view from the beautifully designed rooms, its new concept of hotels which offer a lifestyle experience on top of comfortable and original rooms and services; but especially they shared with us its new project called “Sol Wave House #SocialWave community”. The only hotel in the world where Twitter and Hotel are connected with a Tweet Experience Hotel. The idea is enjoying the company of friends, meeting new people, being aware of exactly what’s going on around, ready to tweet when you make your reservation and savour a unique experience.


Language classes are small and students learn by doing in and outside of the classroom. Students use the language in class by exploring different tasks and having to use the language to express what they are discovering. Intermediate Spanish students play games which make the class playful and experiential.

La foto

The entire group went together to visit Medieval Bellver Castle where students learnt about the history of Palma, and applied their recently learnt vocabulary while doing a scavenger hunt activity, a visit combining culture and history with language learning.

Castillo bellver


This year we had the opportunity to count with a Biology research student from McDaniel College, Alexa Riland. Her research is in charge of Dr. Guillem Mateu and the purpose of the course is to learn to conduct, analyze, and present scientific research. The student meets weekly with her tutor to present on research methods, data collecting and sampling procedures, analytical issues, and conclusions.  In the end, the student presents her research results in an open symposium for peers and the Palma marine science research community.The research topic deals with the use of foraminifers (protozoans with a mineral test) as bioindicators to determine the health status of Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows.


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Before classes, we started with an amazing excursion in order to motivate our students to explore the island. The excursion was to “Sa calobra”, a spectacular beach located in the Tramuntana mountain range on the north of the island. It is hard to access with timetable buses, so we decided to go by boat (Barcos Azules) because we thought it was the best way to get there by far. The trip was 1 hour from Port de Soller to Sa Calobra.

Barcos azules

When they arrived they could see a small beach covered in stones in front of a restaurant. They followed the paved path which took them to a short, narrow tunnel well-lit from which they emerged on to the main Sa Calobra/Torrent de Pareis beach.



Curiosity: Based on this report, Palma is ranked in the whole world number 2 city to live, number 7 in sunshine days (300 days per year), number 2 in being close (3 miles) to an international airport with direct flights to most important cities, and number 16 in political risk, just to mention some of the ones who might interest most to students.


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Newsletter III: CIEE Summer 2014 in Palma de Mallorca

Session II included a wide diversity of activities, classes, excursions and field study visits. The first week, students had to absorb all the information about the program. We know is a challenge to adapt to a new place with differences in terms of culture and language, and we can say that all students succeeded in falling in love with the island and its traditions, while making local and CIEE friends with whom they have built an unforgettable study abroad experience.


Apart from the orientation and the meeting with the homestays, students were introduced as well to the Guardian Angels. During this summer session we had the pleasure to count with four Spanish students: Rita, Juanma, Tere and Marc. They helped CIEE students to find the easiest way to move around the city, and this is something students appreciate a lot because it gives them confidence and security.


Students shared not only the experience of walking around downtown, but also the opportunity to experience different activities together such as biking along Palma´s bay, watching Spanish movies to get closer to Spanish culture as portrayed in films, going out to eat Tapas on Tuesday night, and exploring beautiful beaches near Palma.



Students of Session II met those CIEE students from session I who stayed in Palma, not only because they shared classes together, but because they shared excursions and activities organized by CIEE.

During summer session II, we offered the following four classes:

 Mediterranean Marine Environment

Advanced Spanish

Globalization, Human Migration and Tourism: the case of the Balearic Islands

Internship Seminar

Some of our classes in Palma are focused on providing students a different and in depth perception of Mallorca’s history, economy, and natural environment. Interactive experiences make our classes alive, and help students connect with the local Spanish community, so they learn Spanish, history, biology, economy and tourism from direct exposure to Palma de Mallorca's heritage and current daily life.




The purpose of the visit to the main market in Palma is using Spanish language in a real and everyday life environment. The market is noisy and live. It says much about the local way of living. Students have to communicate with people at the market, ask what they want, and recognize Mallorca’s local products.



In this activity, students need to find places, monuments, objects, and cultural stories, and popular legends. It’s challenging, especially if you don’t know well the directions around the city. It requires talking with people on the streets in order to find out where places are. A real interactive activity which students enjoyed very much.


Exploring and understanding the importance of Palma’s Cathedral is essential to learn part of Mallorca’s history and culture. The jewel of Palma, “La Seu”, an astonishing and spectacular cathedral located in front of the sea, is one of the most prestigious and appreciated cathedrals in Gothic architecture. Afterwards, students visit La Almudaina, a royal palace with Arab origins, currently used by the Spanish monarchy as official residence for important diplomatic events.







The study field activity consisted on visiting Sa Dragonera Natural Park. Six kilometers long and crowned by an ancient watchtower, Sa Dragonera takes its name from its shape, said to resemble a dragon. It’s possible to visit it in summer by boat from Sant Elm. Flora and fauna of Dragonera are similar to those of Mallorca, although in the island students can find some protected species.

11The Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences is dedicated to the study, conservation, and the divulgation of nature within the Balearic islands



LIMIA LAB (Laboratorio de Investigaciones Marinas y Acuicultura)

located in Port de Andratx


Cabrera Archipelago Maritime-Land National Park is an important ecosystem for the fauna and flora. There are more than 450 plant species and it is a strategic point for many birds during their migration.


The aquarium in Mallorca operates with one main objective to spread awareness, knowledge and admiration for the beauty of the marine world.





Students visit the tourist destination of Magaluf, the Mecca of mass tourism, most probably the most well-known Spanish resort in the United Kingdom, in order to get to know the ins and outs of a mature sun and beach tourist destination first hand.


The second visit of this class provided a taste of the countryside. Students visited Mallorca's hinterland, normally portrayed as one of the last unspoiled picturesque territories of the Island. The tour consisted of a mishmash of contrasting experiences such as walking through villages of the area, dropping by a market, meeting local organic producer.

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And the last trip was to the historic centre of Palma, the capital of Mallorca and of the Balearic Islands. The aim of this visit was to show how tourism morphs the city, how the centre became such and what makes it historic.



 Three students interned at different companies in Mallorca. One student worked at Amara Marketing performing the following tasks: TV Channel 4 in Mallorca: helping prepare material for a website for this TV channel, finding vimeo videos, looking up events and posting them in their website, research on logotypes and presentations for Trablisa, and translation support for TV commercials.

Another student worked at Puro Hote doing contracts, budgets, and fliers for clients and for Opium Bar, helping to design a visual manual for the cafeteria, translations, reservations, templates, running errands, and assisting with events.

And the third student did her internship at Brujula Technology Solutions ( dedicated to technology development for tourism companies such as Barceló, Iberia, Sol Melià. She entered reservations info for Barcelo Hotels and solved complaints, audited their website offers and put info in excel sheet (she had to look for cheaper prices on the competitors, and eliminate past offers).

The three students loved the most the people and the work environment. 



The first excursion of Session II was to Santanyi, Cala Figuera and Cala Mondragó.


Santanyi is a small town where art seems to play a central role and you can find many types of galleries and workshops in the narrow alleys of this quiet country town.

Cala Mondragó is an unspoiled beach in the south of the island, declared natural park.


The astonishing blue color of the Mediterranean sea impressed students, which described Cala Mondragó as their favorite in Mallorca by the end of the summer.


The group explored Tramuntana Mountain Range and its little villages, recently declared Natural and Historical World Heritage Site.


From Andratx to Deià, students visited different watch towers (Torre des Verger, Es Grau), a viewpoint (Sa Foradada), and the town and beautiful beach of Deià.





As everything in life, there is an ending, a time to look back and be thankful for the experience. Now it comes a time of reflection about those things we learnt, about the people that shared moments with us, and about what it is that everyone takes back home with them forever. 


UNDERTHE WATERMediterranean Marine visit to Blue Cave in Cabrera


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Newsletter II: CIEE Summer 2014 in Palma de Mallorca



This newsletter tries to summarize the second half of summer session I and the first half of summer session II.

Our students of summer session I in Palma continued to learn and enjoy Mallorca’s lifestyle, as well as Spanish culture and gastronomy while living with their homestays. Classes continued regularly in and out of the classroom. During the second part of session I, CIEE Palma proposed the following new experiences to students, and they all joined us with no exceptions.




Our students in Spain today visited Pilar and Joan Miró’s Cultural Foundation and Museum in Mallorca. It is a unique Miró’s museum in the world, as it is the only one museum where visitors can contemplate the artist’s creative surroundings, through direct contact with the studios in which Joan Miró worked from 1956 until his death in 1983.

Bellow you can see our five students posing in front of Miró’s sculpture in the gardens of the museum.


This same class organized a very special kind of “treasure hunt”, which consisted in looking for monuments, places or objects located in the city, following the instructions given by the professor. The aim was using the language while learning history. The students had to ask locals to find out the location of the monuments. In the end, they had to take a photo to prove that they were able to find the treasures of Palma.

In the picture, students in front of one of the lions in Paseo del Born.



Students enrolled in Intermediate Spanish and Spanish for Business and Tourism shared an activity that took place in the centre of Palma. The activity consisted in a photo marathon guided by the professors. In the end, best group received a funny prize.

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Summer session I students went together to the winery and vineyards of Jose Luís Ferrer in Binissalem, a local producer of a Mallorcan brand wine. Each class had a different assignment depending if it was a language class or the Cooking and Wine Tasking class. In general, students had to formulate questions to the guide, take pictures, and listen to the presentation to write a report. No need to say that students loved this experience.

Students learnt that Joseph Ferrer, was a pioneer in the island of Mallorca: introducing new techniques in the cultivation of the vine, bottling wine for later sale, ageing wines in oak barrels with the intention of improving the quality and evolution of their wines, creating great white wines based on native varieties, and exporting great Mallorcan wines to Europe and the USA.




Students learnt to cook Spanish meals, from paella to coca de verduras, gazpacho, tortilla de papatas, etc. They had the opportunity to count on a spectacular professor and cook, chef Alan Norte Leeks, who transmits passion and effort to his profession. Students learnt the history of gastronomy in the Mediterranean and the secrets of Mediterranean diet.




Students on session I and II travelled to one of the following cities for a three day weekend: Barcelona, Berlin, London or Paris. These cultural trips were complemented by seminars on intercultural reflection prior and after the trip took place. Students loved the opportunity not only to discover these cities, but also to meet CIEE students who are studying in other European cities.



The second part of Session I included another group excursion around Mallorca to discover Alcudia, Natural Beach of Muro, the Watch Point of Colomer and Formentor Natural Park and beach. First, students visited the walled city of Alcudia and its medieval neighbourhood. Students wandered as well around the craft market happening that day in the city. Students saw the captivating views of the northwest of the Island from Colomer point view. Finally, they had time to relax and share as a group one of the best beaches of Mallorca, Formentor. Enjoy the views!



As all things have an end, this wonderful experience finished with a farewell in famous Can Joan de S’Aigo, a 17th century chocolate cafe where we tried ensaïmadas, homemade icecream, and other traditional Mallorcan delicacies. Thanks for being part of our program!


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Final group photo of Session I. Good Luck students!


Ten students from session I continued into session II. Others had to leave, and it was the beginning for the new arrivals. So here again we were busy organizing the orientation, homestays, and new activities.

FotoStudents waiting to meet their homestays

This year students from summer session II were lucky, because they had the opportunity to experience a local celebration, Saint John’s night.

The tradition on this special night is that people go to the beaches of Mallorca to welcome the summer and celebrate the magic night of Saint John (Sant Joan). A series of rituals are staged, which, according to the legend, give luck all throughout the year to the people that perform them. One of them is the traditional jumping over small bonfires. Another meeting place is Parc de la Mar and Ses Voltes in Palma, where fire shows and music concerts are programmed.





This is only the beginning of the journey for students of Session II. They adapted to their classes, homestays, and the city, and tried hard to learn the culture and the language. Next Chapter soon…

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Newsletter III, CIEE Palma de Mallorca Spring 2014: Academics

We are almost reaching the end of the semester.

Our Spring students have been busy with written projects, oral presentations and preparing for final exams.

CIEE classes ended by the last week of May, but most students were leaving by mid or end of June because they decided to take their final exam with the other Spanish students in their classes.

Out students spent Easter Break either travelling around Europe or exploring Mallorca with their friends. In both cases, they had a great time and when they came they filled Facebook with beautiful pictures. After the vacations, student restarted classes and internships.

Let me show you with images the last days of classes:


Lyna is doing her final presentation in front of the "Meetings and Events" class, about an interview to a DMC in Mallorca



Anderson is doing his final presentation about his internship in TESL at an elementary school.



Christa and Michelle are doing their presentations on their internship experience, one at Hotel Purdo in the events department, and the other one at M3Forums. 


And after all the presentations, we had some cookies brought by Christa!


These wonderful women are presenting their "Revista Que Guay" for the class "Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics". And afterwards, they surprised us with a horror film they had made about a short story written by Olivia.



One of the activities in the language class.


Professors discuss with students their projects.


Professor explains to the group his perspective on what students are presenting.

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Newsletter II, CIEE Palma de Mallorca Spring 2014

Group in madrid

It’s the middle of the spring semester, and now that students are settled in their Spanish home and university classes, we just officially changed the hour in Europe to start welcoming the spring-summer season! Many things have happened since our first email, so what have we been up to?

Since the first excursion to Soller by train organized by the university for all the international students, CIEE Palma students have now formed their own group of friends from all over the world. With them, they are discovering the many beautiful landmarks and secrets of Mallorca. Our students do many activities as well with our Guardian Angels, students who collaborate with CIEE to introduce students to Mallorcan young lifestyle, such as Tuesday tapas night. They showed them the nice bike route along the coast of Palma, and hiked with them to the Hermit of Valldemossa. Bellow you can see David showing to some students how to take the metro to the university.

All our classes include an experiential component out of the classroom. Among other places, students have visited Bellver gothic castle, the Arab Baths, and the Cathedral of Palma. In all these places, students need to take a hands-on attitude and participate actively in the visit, not only to practice real life Spanish, but also to learn about the culture from the direct contact with the locals.

This year the Business and Tourism program is offering for its first time the course International Meeting and Event Planning, which is taught by two well-known professionals of this business sector in the Balearic Islands. We have invited to join this CIEE class five Spanish students from the university, so the class has become as well a nice way for our students to get to know Spanish students, not being anymore a class only for CIEE students. This class has enjoyed speakers such as Mark Damon, the Head of Soccer at Real Club Deportivo del Mallorca, and Madeleine Heckel, in charge of sponsorship of nautical events such as SuperYatch, Palma Vela and Copa del Rey. Students loved the experience of hearing from them how sport events of this magnitude are organized.

Meetings and events presentation

During the student individual mid-semester meeting with the RD, all of them shared how interesting was the one-day field visit to the following different events venues: Son Termes, Melia Palacio Atenea, Melia Victoria, Puro Beach and Celler Sa Premsa. See bellow images of two moments during this visit:

Group picture

Field visit

This spring semester, CIEE students are enrolled in the following CIEE and UIB classes: Historia el siglo XVIII, Historia de las ideas estéticas, Literatura española contemporánea: fin de siglo, Introducción a la literatura hispánica, Literatura del modernismo: estética literaria y diálogos con otras artes, Cultura Europea, Protección Internacional de los Derechos Humanos, Historia de las religiones del mundo clásico, Economía española y mundial, Zoologia I, Environmental Economics of Tourism, Tourism Promotion Management, Business Internationalization, Strategic Management, Management Skills, International Meetings and Event Planning, Spanish Politics and Society, Intermediate Spanish, Advanced Spanish for Business and Tourism, Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics, and Introduction to Everyday Catalan.

Ten students are undertaking internships this semester. Anderson is teaching "English as a Foreign Language" to children in a public local school, and so far he says she loves the experience. Christa is doing her internship at Puro Hotel in the Events department. Christian is learning cost control management at two Five Star hotels from Starwoods chain, Hotel Castillo Son Vida and St. Regis Mardavall. Lyna is interning at the reception in Urban Hotel Santa Clara, Bailey is learning marketing skills at Saint Mitchell Hotels, Michelle is working with an events agency helping organize forthcoming events in Mallorca, Bella is supporting her team at an events agency which organizes disc jockey concerts, Rachel is working in the restaurant at Hotel Costa Azul, Kira is learning at the sales and marketing department in Lowcostholidays, and Karlissa is interning at the online travel agency Logitravel.

Hoteles Saint Mitchell 1

This semester CIEE Palma did a day-excursion to Formentor, Pollensa and Muro. Students wandered around the stone streets of Pollensa, one of the first Christian cities of Mallorca, as in 1229 became a village under James I the Conqueror, who donated the territory to nobleman Templar knights and to the Bishop of Mallorca, giving to that little village an enormous economic power. Students enjoyed the traditional non-touristic Sunday market in downtown Pollensa, where they could see artisans work, food, plants and flowers. The group visited Nuestra Señora de los Angeles church, and learnt about its Greek-roman style with Barroc decorations, founded in 14th century by the Templars. Afterwards, the group hiked the stairs to the Calvary, 365 stairs from the 18th-19th centuries at one of the most traditional Easter locations in Mallorca. Up to the hill, there is an Oratory from the 18th century, one of the most exceptional views of the village of Pollensa, and a small walk of ten more minutes to a Roman Bridge.


  Formentor hike

The bus

After the village of Pollensa, the group admired the natural views from Formentor cliffs. And we ended the excursion at the natural beaches of Formentor and Muro, where some students decided to run, and even the bravest ones, swim.


Part of the group in formentor

Muro and alcudia beaches


Group in alcudia

 Finally, last weekend we spent three days in the capital of Spain, Madrid. On top of the usual visits to the Museo del Prado and Museo Reina Sofía, the Retiro Park, a guided tour of the historic center of Madrid, eating churros con chocolate and the popular calamari sandwich, we were in Madrid on a very eventful weekend, when key politician of the transition in Spain Adolfo Suáez died (some students were eager to hear in real life what they were learning in CIEE class Spanish Politics and Society, others learnt some new history for them on the spot). It was also a weekend with an important game between the two soccer teams Madrid-Barcelona, with people manifesting in squares to protest against Government social cuts, and even a popular marathon.


Reina sofia

Museo del prado

Palacio cristal resting 

This coming weekend we will sail in two sailboats from Palma bay to Cabo Blanco natural area, so in our next newsletter, we will share with you some great stories and more pictures.

Have a great semester!

Antonia Ferriol

CIEE Palma de Mallorca


Fall 2013, Issue 2: CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA

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As promised, this is the story of our three-day trip to


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We stayed in a family owned hostel, Hostal Moni, decorated with Andalusian style, and with a big terrace on the top where we had breakfast every morning overlooking the roofs of Albaizín neighbourhood, the old Arab quarter of Granada.

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On Friday, we visited San Bartolomé Church, Plaza Larga, Puerta de las Pesas, the Mezquita Mayor, the El Salvador Church, and of course the Mirador de San Nicolás to see the Alhambra coloured in orange by the afternoon sun.

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We went down to the Cathedral walking by the Cuesta del Chapiz, stopping every once in a while to contemplate the Alhambra rising on our left side, on the other side of the river.

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We visited the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, where we literally saw the coffins of Isabel I and Fernando II Catholic Kings of Spain in the XV century and authors by their marriage of the unification of Spanish kingdoms Castilla and Leon.

We had some time to wander and shop in the little Morroccan stores in downtown Granada. And afterwards we had the best kebabs of Granada in Baraka, of course with a very sweet Morroccan style mint tea.

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In the night, we went to see a classic Flamenco show, with two spectacular dancers, a guitar player and a singer "cantaor". Students were so impressed as to say they had never ever seen something so intense and such a beautiful dance. We waited for the female dancer to come out, just so we could take a picture with her.

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On Saturday we spent the day at the Alhambra, the Generalife's Gardens, and the Palacios Nazaríes. And in the afternoon we tried the typical dessert of Granada, the famous piononos. In this case, I think pictures are the best way to tell our story:


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Fall 2013, Issue 1: CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA

Greetings from Antonia Ferriol, RD of CIEE Palma de Mallorca.

It's a bright sunny Tuesday (75ºF) in Palma de Mallorca, with one of those blue Mediterranean skies reminding us that Summer season, no matter what the calendar says, is not finished yet...

And here we are planning our next activity: a hike into the mountains of Sierra de Tramuntana, (from the harbour of Sóller to the Bohemian village of Deià) a World Heritage Site for its natural beauty and historical villages. Of course, we will be sleeping in a cabin in the woods by an impressive lighthouse.

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So, what have we been up to?

First week

We navigated the city of Palma, learnt the ins and outs of the narrow streets of the city, its gastronomy, its people, its art (on the second day, Palma celebrated the night of the Art, so all museums were open and free, offered music, new exhibitions... Palma was a huge urban gallery hop!). We placed particular emphasis on showing students how to use public transportation and let them experience Mallorcan traditions, by means of trying typical food and spending time with their familia española.

As usual, the most anticipated event of this week was meeting the Spanish Familias, with whom students will share their lives for the rest of the semester. Everybody looked really excited, so here I would like to share some pictures of this important event:

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Orientation 1

We introduced students to two Spanish university students, DAVID and ALI, who will help them feel integrated into the young Palma society. On the second day, David and Ali went shopping with CIEE students, and helped them acquire their cellphone and other things they needed for classes. Students already talk about David and Ali as their true "guardian angels". With David and Ali, students went biking, and hiking in the mountains of Valldemossa to an old hermit.

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Intensive Spanish

Liberal Arts students arrived one week earlier in order to take Intensive Spanish, review grammar aspects, and start using as much Spanish as possible before regular university courses start. It is impressive that this year all students compromised very seriously with speaking Spanish at all times, even among themselves. To this day, I have only heart Spanish in the group. So... CONGRATULATIONS! But not only LA students are using Spanish. For some reason, this year Business and Tourism students have come to Palma with enough Spanish to compromise themselves as well to use only Spanish during CIEE actitivies. CONGRATULATIONS again!

Also, this year most of the students have already met their language exchange partner with whom they will meet at least once a week to speak in Spanish and in English, a great opportunity to get exposed first hand to the local culture, and to make a friend.


International students

On the second week, students attended the Welcome reception, organized by the University for all international students. In this event, students were able to meet students from France, Germany, Italy, China, just to mention a few. On top of this, Spanish University students have created an Association to organize activities which bring together Spanish and International students. Among other things, they organize a soccer championship, a night out to eat tapas, an excursion by bus to the cliffs of Formentor and natural beach of Muro, with a stop in Lluc Monastery, and another excursion with an old wood train into the mountains of Soller. CIEE students were able to join many of these activities, and this helped them feel integrated into the university community by making their first friends.

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Classes at the University

After academic advising, and making sure each student had the right class, students went to their first university class. This year, students have enrolled in the following CIEE and UIB classes: Spanish Politics and Society, Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Literature, Intercultural Communication, Spanish for Business and Tourism, Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Marketing Management, Psychology of Development, History of Psychology, Contemporary Spanish Literature, European Union Law, Sustainable Tourism, Business Strategy, Progress of Spain in the International Order, Seminar on Living and Learning, and Introduction to Everyday Catalan.



Four students are doing internships this semester. Karah is teaching English as a Foreign Language to children in a public local school. So far she says she loves the experience and is trying to learn from her mentor professor Silvia the magic of making children be quiet and pay attention in class!

Two other students, Christa and Jenni, are doing their internship at Puro Hotel , one of them in the marketing department and the other in the Events department. Both are not only working at the offices, but helping with several events organized by the hotel, in the coming months.

And Henri is working with a small company named Telm Produccions, which organizes events for children in schools of Mallorca. He will help in these events, and also in the marketing and web design of the company.


This Saturday, the group visited La Granja, an old farm which has become a museum about the rural history and traditions of this Mediterranean island.

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Afterwards, the group visited the town of Deià, and had lunch at the beach, by the coast of Sierra de Tramuntana, recently declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the great value of its unique historical, artistic, and ethnographic heritage. We had the opportunity to admire the landscape of the typical Mediterranean forest: pines, holm oaks, carob trees, fig trees... By the end of the day, we visited the ruins of a watch tower from 16th century, and also the tower of the souls, an example of piracy of the 17th century.

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Class Field visits

Language classes have brought students to the well preserved Bellver castle, a round gothic castle with incredible views of the city of Palma.

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And to Palma Cathedral, an impressive Gothic building by the sea.

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And of course students took a class on how to cook Paella and crespells, a traditional Mallorcan dessert.

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Coming next

We went to Granada for three days and had a wonderful time, so in our next newsletter, we will share with you some great stories and more pictures.

Have a great semester!