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Press release
Language.  Palma,  03/09/2017

The first Language Stay on the Balearic Islands gets under way

The Institut Ramon Llull (IRL), in conjunction with the University of the Balearic Islands, is organising a Summer Language Stay in Palma from 3 to 15 September. The programme is aimed at people keen to improve their knowledge of the Catalan language and culture and to discover the city of Palma and the island of Mallorca.


The Language Stay on the islands will be attended by 20 students from the University Network of Catalan Studies Abroad. The students will be making their way from Germany, the Czech Republic, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Poland, the United Kingdom and Sweden, and will follow language courses and take part in leisure activities associated with the island’s cultural tourism.

The programme consists of 30 hours of Catalan language classes and 15 hours of training on cultural aspects – sociolinguistic as well as artistic, literary and historical – of the places where the Catalan language is spoken. In addition to the classroom sessions, various leisure activities will be organised in the evenings and weekends, among them a visit to the Tramuntana chain of mountains, a cookery class on Mallorcan cuisine and a number of talks on the history, natural environment, music and literature of Mallorca.

The inauguration of the Stay will take place on Monday 4 September and will be attended by Josep-Anton Fernàndez, Head of the Language and Universities Division of the IRL, Francesca Tur, Minister of Culture, Participation and Sports of the Government of the Balearic Islands, Llorenç Huguet, Rector of the University of the Balearic Islands, and Marta Fuxà, Director-General of Language Policy for the Balearic Islands. 

The Summer Language Stay on the Balearic Islands is one of the initiatives organised as part of the Government of the Balearic Islands’ readmission into the IRL. In addition, the Institut is running a range of programmes for students such as the Catalan Language University Campus, co-organised with the Government of Andorra, and the Language Stay in Valencia, co-organised with the Valencian Language Academy. With this new project, the IRL reaffirms its commitment to diversifying the places where the Summer Stays are held, while at the same time adding to the range offered to students from universities abroad.

The Stay will have twenty students from eleven different countries 

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The Institut Ramon Llull is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.
Generalitat de Catalunya Govern de les Illes Balears Ajuntament de Barcelona
The IRL forms part of the Fundació Ramon Llull, which was established by the Government of Andorra, the Ramon Llull Institute, General Council of the Eastern Pyrenees, the city of Alghero, Balearic Islands Towns and Entities Network and the group of Valencian Cities, and has its central offices in Andorra.
Fundació Ramon Llull