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07/28/2014 - 12/06/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 05/15/2014
Credit:
15 - 16 semester / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/02/2015 - 05/02/2015
Deadlines:
Extended to: 12/01/2014
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15 - 16 semester / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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10/15/2015
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Get to know the Dominican people and significantly improve your Spanish skills in Santo Domingo. Through fascinating courses, an internship with a grassroots organization, and volunteer opportunities, you’ll learn about the the country’s rich history. Take your Spanish skills to the next level by studying and living with native speakers. Plus, learn about important topics like slavery and endangered mangroves both in class and out in the real world, while gaining valuable work experience.

Study abroad in Santo Domingo you'll:

  • Improve your Spanish language skills significantly through advanced-level courses
  • Have the chance to intern with a local development organization
  • See the colonial zone, an anthropological museum, ecological preserves, the Samaná Peninsula, and the Cibao region
  • Enjoy a specialized track in Caribbean studies, non-credit volunteer opportunities, and the support of peer advisors
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Bowman Travel Grants
  • Bowman Travel Grants

    For students who want to pursue study abroad in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, or Latin America, and who demonstrate financial based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships
  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships

    For students who want to pursue an intensive language program for one academic year in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Spain, or Taiwan

  • CIEE International Academic Internship Merit Scholarships
  • CIEE International Academic Internship Merit Scholarships

    For high-achieving students who want to combine an academic internship and study abroad

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Enroll directly at three local universities for a wide range of courses in the humanities and social sciences. Take advanced language and area studies courses as well. Interested in concentrating your studies on the Caribbean? You could take Social and Ethnocultural Identity of the Contemporary Caribbean, Authors of the Hispanic Caribbean, and Dominican-Haitian Relations.

Internship

Internships are a great way to gain professional, international experience while giving back to your host community. Through the CIEE Internship course, past students have assisted in union activities and outreach projects for the Alta Gracia Clothing Factory; participated in education and community outreach alongside future superstars with Major League Baseball’s Office of the Commissioner in Santo Domingo; and created entrepreneurial empowerment programs for people living with HIV/AIDS with the Community Service Alliance. You could do something equally as important.

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Excursions

Get out and experience the Dominican Republic’s culture, history, current economic realities, and natural environment firsthand. You might explore ruins of colonial ingenios (sugar plantations) in Engombe. In Boca de Nigua, see how the history of sugar and slavery went hand in hand. In Caño Hondo in Los Haitises National Park, you could replant endangered mangroves and visit caves with Taino pictographs. You’ll enjoy various daylong and one overnight excursion of cultural, ecological, and/or historical interest. Plus, the program incorporates cultural activities like attendance at local theater performances and baseball games, and trips to an outdoor market.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card, which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Fall 2014 (19 wks)
Extended to: 05/15/2014
07/28/2014
12/06/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$12,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, Dominican Peer Advisors, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$10,862
Housing ***
$1,575
Insurance
$113

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$500
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$125
Visa Fees **
$200
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$1,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

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Spring 2015 (17 wks)
Extended to: 12/01/2014
01/02/2015
05/02/2015
$12,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, Dominican Peer Advisors, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$10,862
Housing ***
$1,575
Insurance
$113

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$500
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$125
Visa Fees **
$200
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$1,200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

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Spring 2016
10/15/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015 (40 wks)
Extended to: 05/15/2014
07/28/2014
05/02/2015

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2015-2016
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$24,400

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, Dominican Peer Advisors, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$20,837
Housing ***
$3,150
Insurance
$113

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$500
Local Transportation
$500
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees **
$200
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,400

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • Spanish language course within the past year recommended
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

All students must enroll for a minimum of 15 U.S. semester hours. Recommended credit for the semester is 15–16 semester/22.5–24 quarter hours. Recommended credit for the academic year is 30–31 semester/45–46.5 quarter hours.

Contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students take a total of 15-18 credits. Depending upon the results of a Spanish language exam, students may be required to take Advanced Spanish I or II, or enroll in the Language and Culture in the Dominican Republic course at CIEE. Some students may test out of all language courses, though they may still choose to enroll in the Language and Culture in the Dominican Republic course if they wish.

Students who are required to take Spanish may take up to two additional CIEE courses and two direct enrollment courses at El Bonó or Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). Those students not required to take Spanish may enroll in a maximum of two CIEE courses and three direct enrollment courses at El Bonó or INTEC.

Students choosing the Caribbean Studies track may take up to three CIEE courses, including the Social and Ethnocultural Identity of the Contemporary Caribbean and Spanish language (if required based on language exam), and up to three elective courses through direct enrollment at El Bonó or INTEC, for a total of five courses. All students may take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Santo Domingo, which is offered at the CIEE Study Center, regardless of their other course enrollment.

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About the City

About The City

The capital city of Santo Domingo is the oldest European city in the New World. The city, often called, “the first city of the New World,” is steeped in historical significance. A UNESCO World Heritage site celebrates the 16th-century Colonial Zone. There are numerous plazas and churches throughout the colonial district, which give a distinct flavor to the city. But this is also a modern city. Skyscrapers gleam over swaying palm trees as azure waters kiss the beach. With a population of two million, it is considered to be the main economic and political center of the country. It is a city of contrasts, where one can observe rapid economic growth and challenges to human development.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Maria Gonzalez

Resident Director

María Filomena González, resident director since 1999, earned her bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) and her master’s degree in Latin American studies from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma-Mexico City. She has taught history courses at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo since 1979 and El Bonó since 1992, among other Dominican universities. She has written history textbooks for primary and secondary school systems in the Dominican Republic, and adapted the social science curriculum to the large Dominican community in the Sixth School District in New York City. Her academic focus is early 20th-century Dominican history, and she has conducted oral history research on the rural struggle against the first North American military occupation in the Dominican Republic. She recently completed another master’s degree in archives from the UASD. Maria’s current research revolves around 18th-century daily life and notarial protocols during the period of political unification of the Island of Santo Domingo.

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Como en muchos países en desarrollo, la Historia Oficial tiene mucho peso en la República Dominicana. Los mitos, estereotipos, manipulaciones y prejuicios que presenta este tipo de Historia hacen muy difícil reconocer la verdadera identidad del pueblo dominicano. Contrastar las diversas interpretaciones de la Historia Dominicana y superar la Historia Oficial es uno de los retos de este programa. Por eso los y las estudiantes pueden seleccionar asignaturas en las diferentes universidades e instituciones de educación superior, según sus necesidades y preferencias al lado de estudiantes dominicanos permitiendo una inmersión total en la cultura universitaria dominicana y desarrollando un sentido crítico sobre la realidad dominicana. Además de sus clases, los y las estudiantes viven con una familia dominicana y pueden realizar una pasantía en ONG’s que trabajan directamente en comunidades y barrios populares. La pasantía sirve como actividad de aprendizaje, apoyo a las comunidades y promueve una mayor integración de los y las estudiantes al medio dominicano.

— Maria Filomena Gonzalez, Resident Director

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Tian Song

Assistant Resident Director

Tian Song is the Assistant Resident Director. She has worked for CIEE since fall 2011 and previously served as Manager of Student Services for the CIEE Shanghai Study Center before joining the Santo Domingo team in summer 2014. Born in Chengdu, China, Tian grew up in the United States and completed her B.A. from Vanderbilt University with High Honors in English and a minor in Piano Performance. In 2009, she received an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining CIEE, she worked in the Global Education Office at Vanderbilt University as a Study Abroad Advisor and oversaw the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Exchange Student Program.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

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The study abroad program is hosted by the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO). FLACSO is linked to other research and teaching centers throughout Latin America and was founded by UNESCO.

The opportunity to enroll in more than one Dominican university is unique and provides insight into the diversity of the Dominican educational system.

El Bonó is a small Jesuit institute of higher learning specializing in philosophy and social sciences. It was founded in the 1980s as the Jesuit Order separated from the official Catholic Seminary to create an academic setting that encouraged freedom of expression, critical thought, and a philosophy more in line with Latin American Liberation Theology.

Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) is a private university founded in the mid-1970s by a group of professionals and businessmen who were disenfranchised with the level of freedom of expression and critical thought in the Dominican university system of the era. The university was founded to promote academic excellence in the areas of social sciences, humanities, medicine, business, and engineering.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students live in Dominican homestays in middle-class neighborhoods throughout Santo Domingo and receive three meals a day with their host family. Housing and meals are included in the program fee. Weekly laundry and linen service is also provided.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Santo Domingo even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

The program begins with a mandatory one-week orientation onsite that introduces you to the culture of the Dominican Republic and academic program at CIEE, and provides practical information about living in Santo Domingo. During the orientation, you'll receive academic advising and instructions about registering for classes at the universities so you select appropriate courses. You'll be aided by peer counselors and given information about local activities with Dominicans. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the study abroad program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. CIEE has a limited number of computers available to students for academic purposes, but has wireless Internet access at the CIEE Study Center office. In addition, there are numerous Internet cafés in Santo Domingo that you can use.

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Culture

Culture

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Each semester, one overnight excursions of cultural, ecological, and/or historical interest is taken. Educational excursions in the past have included an overnight to Caño Hondo in Los Haitises National Park to observe the humpback whales, a visit to the Mirabal Sisters Museum, and exploration of the Centro León art museum in Santiago.

A trip to an outdoor market along the Dominican/Haitian border is also included as part of the coursework for the Haitian-Dominican Relations class. One-day excursions are also offered to national reserves, such as Bonao and Fábrica Alta Gracia; a colonial sugar mill; a religious syncretic altar; and caves with Taíno pictographs. Cultural activities in the city have included theater performances, classical music concerts, and visits to museums and baseball games.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Program

Established in 1998, the CIEE Study Center in Santo Domingo gives students the opportunity to enroll in classes at Instituto Filosófico Pedro Francisco Bonó (El Bonó), and Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). When available, CIEE students may enroll in post-graduate social science courses at FLACSO. In addition, the CIEE Study Center offers specially designed courses for CIEE students in Spanish language and cultural, literary, artistic, political, and social aspects of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. Students generally enroll in one Spanish language course and a variety of CIEE content courses, as well as in courses at the other host institutions. This arrangement permits students to combine the "specialized” atmosphere of CIEE with courses offered through INTEC and El Bonó.

The program is suitable for advanced undergraduate students with strong language skills and a background in the social sciences or in Latin American studies.

The CIEE Study Center is housed in an elegant home in the Gazcue neighborhood of Santo Domingo. It provides a safe and beautiful space for students to study, share experiences, and gather for program and cultural activities. The new facility boasts large classrooms, plenty of office and study spaces, a computer lab, wireless Internet, and several outside terraces and lawns.

Caribbean Studies

For those students who have an interest in focusing their academic studies on the Caribbean region, the CIEE Study Center offers participants an opportunity to pursue a Caribbean Studies track of study. Students who pursue this track must enroll in the required core course taught at CIEE, Social and Ethnocultural Identity of the Contemporary Caribbean; up to two elective courses taught at CIEE; and up to three elective courses at CIEE-affiliated universities in Santo Domingo. These latter courses must focus on the Dominican Republic or the Caribbean region.

Academic Culture

Academic culture in Dominican universities is different from that of universities and colleges in the United States. Direct enrollment in Dominican universities is one of the richest opportunities not only for academic learning, but also for immersing oneself in the language, meeting Dominicans, and learning about Dominican culture and society. However, it also brings many challenges, which include adapting to and learning from a more formal academic culture and dealing with limited or hard-to-find materials.

CIEE study abroad students enrolling at INTEC can choose classes from the Faculties of Social Sciences and Humanities, with a smaller number of classes selected from the Faculties of Business and Natural Sciences. Students at INTEC tend to be middle- and upper-middle class women and men from Santo Domingo. Classes range in size from 30 to 40.

Most of the 100 students at El Bonó are young men from different countries in the Caribbean studying philosophy on scholarship as part of their training to become priests. The classes are small (20–30) and lecture-based.

At CIEE, students will find that class content and structure is closer to universities in the United States, and that the atmosphere is more intimate and relaxed. Class size is from six to 18 students. A tutor is available at CIEE to assist participants. At each institution, students can expect three to four contact hours a week for each class and should dedicate an hour of preparation for each hour of class.

Students are expected to rely on the advice of the resident director for their final course registrations during orientation. All communication with home institutions is the responsibility of the student. The add/drop period varies from institution to institution. Students need to keep track of each institution’s deadlines because after the deadline, course selections are final. There is a three-week break between the spring and fall semesters.

Nature of Classes

CIEE courses taught are for CIEE study abroad participants only. At INTEC, and El Bonó, participants enroll directly in host university courses and take classes with Dominicans.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Spanish at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Dominican society.

Grading System

Letter grades of A-F are given without pluses or minuses. Students are assessed based on a combination of mid-term and final exams, papers, oral presentations, and small quizzes. Attendance is mandatory and incompletes are not accepted.

Language of Instruction

Spanish

Faculty

Faculty is from CIEE-affiliated host institutions: FLACSO, El Bonó, and INTEC.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

CIEE Courses

The following are special courses developed specifically for CIEE students.

Humanities and Social Sciences

ANTH 3001 SDDR

Social and Ethnocultural Identity of the Contemporary Caribbean
(required core course for Caribbean Studies track)
This course deconstructs the idea of the Caribbean as a subject, through the critical study of and reflection on the disciplines and texts that traditionally have been used to address this theme. It is explored by looking at the myths, sensibilities, and assumptions generated by aspects of the intellectual canon responsible for generating the notion of the “modern Caribbean.”

INDE 3100 SDDR

Independent Study
Students working on a senior thesis or specialized research project for their home institution may also organize a three-credit independent study or tutorial through FLACSO. Independent tutorials in the area of social sciences and/or certain themes of religion, particularly related to the Hispanic Caribbean region, are also available for qualified students. These are limited in scope, and it is highly recommended that students request permission from their home university in advance.

INRE 3001 SDDR

Dominican-Haitian Relations
This course provides an introduction to the topic of Dominican-Haitian relations, examining its historical dimensions, and the structural realities of both societies along with political and cultural factors that have influenced the relations between both nations. Students come to understand the diverse factors that explain the complex relationship between the two neighboring countries.

INSH 3100 SDDR

Development Internship
This course is divided into both a theoretical approach, consisting of various activities, and practical field service experience. The theoretical portion is organized around a concurrent series of academic sessions analyzing themes of social-cultural change, the characteristics and role of NGOs in the Dominican Republic, and exploration of challenges facing contemporary Dominican society. The practical portion is based on required field service at a local grassroots development agency. All internships are monitored, and the final grade is based on a detailed job evaluation as well as other criteria.

Students receiving credit for the internship must complete 72 contact hours in the internship placement, attend all concurrent academic sessions (equivalent of 30 hours), maintain a weekly journal, attend weekly meetings with the internship coordinator (equivalent of four hours), meet with the tutor for the final paper (equivalent of two hours), and write a final research paper on a topic related to their internship site for which they will work with an assigned tutor during the semester (two hours). At the end of the course, students give an oral presentation to their peers (equivalent of two hours). Contact hours: 112 hours (for credit). Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Spanish Literature and Language

All students take a language placement exam upon arrival. Based on the results, students are placed in Advanced Spanish I or II. The remaining courses, Language and Culture in the Dominican Republic, Authors of the Hispanic Caribbean, and Spanish Linguistics are optional courses geared to very advanced students.

LAST 3100 SDDR

Language and Culture in the Dominican Republic
This course provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about Dominican culture in its different manifestations, including language, religion, folklore, arts, and literature. By studying such topics, students also improve their oral and written Spanish language skills. Students are graded on participation, short essays, and oral presentations in class. Also included are several academically relevant outings. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

LITT 3002 SDDR

Authors of the Hispanic Caribbean
Students read and discuss the works of some of the best known authors of the Hispanic Caribbean, as well as works from lesser known authors. Why some Hispanic Caribbean authors have become more known internationally than others is among the themes discussed. All text is read critically and analytically, with special attention given to the historical and social context, and the way(s) in which the author reflects or ignores these realities.

SPAN 3003 SDDR

Advanced Spanish I
The purpose of this course is to improve linguistic competencies in comprehension, and oral and written expression in the Spanish language, and in particular, the subtle variations in Dominican modes and how certain linguistic forms are used in various socio-cultural contexts. Focus is on the use of complementary pronouns and the correlation of verb tense in formal and informal communication. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SPAN 3004 SDDR

Advanced Spanish II
The purpose of this course is to improve linguistic competencies in comprehension, and oral and written expression in the Spanish language, and in particular, the subtle variations in Dominican modes and how certain linguistic forms are used in various socio-cultural contexts. Focus is on the use of distinct linguistic constructions that communicate subjectivity and understanding of how to communicate the circumstantial relations between ideas and actual events in terms of appropriate language usage. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE Elective Course

CLST 3001 SDDR

CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Santo Domingo
The Seminar on Living and Learning in Santo Domingo is designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how Dominicans are different from, and similar to, themselves and others. The course offers opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of the Dominican Republic. Contact hours: 21. Recommended credit: 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours.

Instituto Filosófico Pedro Francisco Bonó (El Bonó) Courses

Not all courses are available every semester and are subject to change.
Ancient and Medieval Literature
Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
Ancient and Medieval Social History
Contemporary Atheism
Cultural Anthropology
Dominican Literature
Dominican Social History
Dominican Social Thought
Faith and Popular Culture
Historical Process of Latin American Religiosity
Historical Process of Occidental Religiosity
History of Political Ideas
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Social Sciences
Latin American Literature
Latin American Social History
Latin American Thought
Logic
Means of Social Communication I
Modern and Contemporary Literature
Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
Modern and Contemporary Social History Philosophy of Science
Process of Dominican Religiosity
Social Doctrines of the Church
Social Philosophy
Sociology
Theory of Knowledge

Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) Courses

Not all courses are available every semester and are subject to change.
Adolescent and Adult Conduct
Animal Conduct
Bio-Geography of the Dominican Republic
Cognitive Psychology
Contemporary Social Thought
Dominican Socio-Historical Processes
Ecology
Economic Development
Economic Principals
Economic Theory I
Enterprise Economics
Environmental Contamination
Environmental Education
History of Psychology
The Human Being and Nature
The Human Being and Society
International Economics I
Introduction to the Dominican Fauna
Introduction to Planning and Management of Natural Resources
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Studies of Environmental Impact
Learning Psychology
Macroeconomics I
Microeconomics I
Organizational Psychology
Sexuality for Life
Social Psychology
Social Science Research I

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