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Universitat de les Illes Balears


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Universitat de les Illes Balears is located in the sun-soaked Mediterranean Sea. The Balearic Islands form one of Spain's autonomous coummunities, and are a thriving tourist destination, making UIB a fantastic destination to study Tourism and Business Management. Students can take advantage of this bi-lingual location and learn Catalan while perfecting their Spanish!

The main campus is set in a natural habitat approximately 7.5 km outside of Palma, the capital of Mallorca. The islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera form the Balearic archipelago to the east of mainland Spain. Due to their strategic location, the islands have been a major crossing point for all commercial routes in the Mediterranean throughout history. Their culture, climate, clean beaches, calm sea, beautiful landscape, and cosmopolitan character have gained the islands their worldwide fame as an attractive tourist destination. The islands are easily accessible by air from the rest of Europe and also by sea from mainland Spain. Palma is a medium sized city of about 400,000 and has many advantages of a medium-sized city while offering permanent leisure and entertainment facilities.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester.

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: mid September to end of June; Semester 1: mid September to mid-February; Semester 2: mid-February to end of June. Please note that first semester dates do not usually work for U.S. students; early exams cannot be scheduled.

Fast Facts
Palma, Spain (pop. 400,000)
Student Enrollment: 14,000
Language of instruction: Spanish and Catalan, some English
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Sciences (Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics); Arts and Humanities (English Studies, Philosophy, History, History of Art, Catalan Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature); Health Sciences (Nursing, Physiotherapy, Psychology); Social and Legal Sciences (Business Administriation - optional pathway in English, Economics - optional pathway in English, Law, Early Childhood Teacher Training, Primary Teacher Training, Social Education, Geography, Pedagogy, Social Work, Tourism, Labour Relations); Engineering and Architecture (Agricultural Engineering, Construction Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Engineering, Telematic Engineering, Mathematics, Mathematics and Telemetric Engineering)

Courses taught in English
Certain courses in Economics and Business Administration are taught in English.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
All postgraduate level courses are closed to ISEP students.

Academic Notes
The most appropriate fields for ISEP students are Law, Education, Spanish, Economics, Business, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Tourism, and Psychology.

Students generally enroll in four to six courses and spend 25 hours a week in class. Semesters are 18 weeks in length.

Transcripts are generally released by mid March for Semester 1 by late July for Semester 2 and Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: A minimum of 6 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program. Native Portuguese speakers must have completed a minimum of 2 semesters of university-level Spanish prior to the start of the program.
Official Languages of the Balearic Islands: The Balearic Islands has two official languages, Spanish and Catalan. Courses may be taught in either language. Students must be flexible with course selection, as the language of instruction for courses might not be able to be determined prior to arrival. The ISEP Coordinator will also assist students with course selection.
Language Courses: Intensive Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year for multiple levels. Contact hours per course: 60 hours total. Although the courses are included in the benefits, an 80 Euro registration fee may apply to receive course credit. Catalan language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and semester. Contact hours per course: 60 hours total. University credit is not awarded, but students will receive a certificate stating their grade and the number of hours completed. These courses are also included in the ISEP benefits, though a 10 Euro registration fee applies.
Pre-Session:A pre-session, intensive Spanish language course is offered in the summer for an additional fee for multiple levels. Contact hours per course per day: approximately 4.5

Don’t meet the language requirement? Need to brush up on your language skills before enrolling in regular university courses in Spanish? Consider enrolling in the ISEP Direct Bridge Program before your ISEP Exchange. Students may participate in this program and gain the necessary language skills before their ISEP Exchange programs. Click the link above for more info!

Additional Information:For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
The University Schools of Hotel Management and Communication are closed to ISEP Students. Students may only select courses taught at the Palma UIB campus. The Menorca and Ibiza campuses are closed to ISEP students.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Junior-level standing preferred. Students should indicate interest in an internship placement on their application. Internship placement cannot be guaranteed in advance.

Hints for Researching Courses
UIB has implemented the EU-Bologna guidelines, thus standardizing higher education among participating institutions across Europe. As a result, UIB has translated its "diplomaturas and licenciaturas" into "grados."

As courses are taught in both Spanish and Catalan, students should be sure to check the language of instruction. The ISEP Coordinator will also assist students with course selection.

To review courses available:
1. Click on Course links
2. Click on the degree title you are interested in.
3. On the next page, click on Plan de Estuidos/Horarios located on the sidebar to the left. On the following page, click on asignaturas to view course titles, languages of instruction, and the semester they will be taught in.
4. Click on the course title to obtain more information, including a course description, which may be downloaded under guia docente.

Housing and Meals
ISEP students are placed in shared student apartments and receive a stipend to cover housing and meals. Students will spend the first seven days of arrival in the residence hall, while the UIB assists them in finding a shared apartment. For more information on housing options through UIB, please visit this link.

Personal Expenses per month are estimated at 300-350 euros. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

The International Relations Office organizes a week long orientation program at the beginning of each semester - end of September, beginning of February. This program covers academic advising, housing and general information. It also includes a tour of the campus to help students to get aquainted with the university. A Palma city tour and day trip to the village of Sóller are among other activities included in this program.

The university will provide arrival directions with the acceptance packet.

Student Activities
The International Relations Office organizes extra-curricular activities for all exchange students during the semester. Excursions may also be organized, at an additional cost. ISEP students are welcome to participate in activities offered at UIB.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
The ISEP Coordinator will assist students in finding local internships within their field of study only for the period of their exchange program. Students should indicate interest in an internship placement on their application. Students may participate in UIB's Volunteer Program.

Founded in 1978 as a public higher education institution, in recent years the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) has become an important cultural and scientific reference for Spanish society. With the main campus in Palma and the satellite campuses located throughout the Balearic Islands, there are over 13,000 students. UIB combines traditional classroom methodology with e-learning. Many international students attend UIB each year on a variety of different exchange agreements.