Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

Language + Culture

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Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2018
  • Credit: 15-16 semester hours / 22.5-24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 2 – Apr 18, 2018 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-16 semester hours / 22.5-24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 20, 2017 – Apr 18, 2018 (35 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-16 semester hours / 22.5-24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Where better to improve your Spanish language skills than the beautiful Santiago, Dominican Republic? Situated in Santiago de los Caballeros, the second-largest city in the country, you’ll live with a local family, go on field trips and excursions that bring your studies to life, volunteer with local ONGs, and study at the best academic institution of higher learning in the country.

Unique Experiences

  • Explore

    the great outdoors in the central mountains of the Cibao region, visit the Samaná Peninsula or Montecristi.

  • Stroll through the museums

    of Santo Domingo, the capital of the D.R.

  • See the Haitian/Dominican border

    and a UNESCO World Heritage site

  • students at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

    15,000
  • miles from the national capital

    82
  • people living in this city, the second largest in the D.R.

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Location & Culture

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Founded in 1495 by 30 caballeros (knights), Santiago de los Caballeros has all the charm of a small neighborhood. You’ll find small-town delights right around the corner — street vendors, friendly locals playing dominos and listen to merengue and bachata music — while still being a stone’s throw away from national parks and museums like.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Go on a weekend trip to the growing eco-paradise that is the Samaná Peninsula and Los Haitises National Park.
  • Visit Santo Domingo and its Zona Colonial including the first Cathedral of the Americas.
  • Embark on day trips to explore the Hermanas Mirabal Museum in Salcedo; the town of La Vega during Carnaval season; the market-town of Dajabón on the Haitian-Dominican border, and the Centro Leon Museum in Santiago.
  • Depending on the courses you take, visit agricultural and industrial projects, free trade zones, a Dominican tobacco company, other local museums, clinics, schools, or nonprofit organizations.

PROJECTS

Volunteering. Help out at a local school, orphanage, or home for mentally or physically challenged children. Twice a semester, you’ll also do service work in a rural community alongside locals.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestay There is no student housing on campus, so students live in middle class or upper class Dominican homes, all within walking distance of PUCMM (working class is an option too). Housing assignments are made based on questionnaires that students submit to CIEE. Students and their families are asked to speak Spanish exclusively.

  • MEALS

    Homestay: Meals are eaten at the place of residence and are included in the program fee.

Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE STUDY CENTER

    Santiago

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    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA MADRE Y MAESTRA

    Santiago

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What you need to know

The program details

Prepare for a full calendar — with plenty of educational excursions throughout the country, a weekly calendar of local activities, and rural and urban volunteer opportunities, this program is packed with exciting opportunities that supplement classroom content. You’re also encouraged to participate in student opportunities offered by PUCMM designed to allow you to intimately experience Dominican culture and geography outside of the classroom setting.

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra. Founded in 1962 as an institution dedicated to serving the social and economic development of all Dominicans, PUCMM has been ranked as the best academic institution of higher learning in the Dominican Republic. Just 15 minutes from downtown Santiago, PUCMM's campus has four academic schools: Social Sciences and Administration; Science and Humanities; Engineering Sciences; and Health Sciences. The CIEE Study Center is located on the PUCMM campus.

All courses are taught in English except for the Spanish language courses.

Courses are taught by CIEE and PUCMM faculty.

Academics

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Academics

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    All students are required to take one Spanish language course and other elective courses offered by PUCMM in English. You'll take a Spanish language placement test during orientation and register for classes during this time.

  • GRADING

    Students get grades of A, B, C, D, F, or FN (failure for absences), with no pluses or minuses.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    The CIEE elective course is for students only. Electives through PUCMM’s division of Spanish for Foreigners include CIEE, local, and other international students. Field trips are often integrated into academic classes.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-16 semester/22.5-24 quarter hours

Students enroll in 15 to 19 credits worth of courses.

  • One Spanish-language course.
  • Maximum of 16 credits at PUCMM.
  • Other elective courses offered by PUCMM in English.

Fall 2017 Courses

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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.

All students are required to take one Spanish language course. Course levels are determined by an on-site placement exam administered during the program orientation. In addition, students take 3-4 elective courses.

CIEE SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSE (TAUGHT IN ENGLISH)

ELECTIVE PUCMM COURSES (TAUGHT IN ENGLISH)

AFRO-CARIBBEAN CULTURES
This course will examine the roots that culturally define Afro-Caribbean people in their diversity, uniqueness, and unity, with a special focus on the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. Students will analyze and compare key examples of political ideology, religion, and art from each of the various Caribbean regions.

CARIBBEAN HISTORY
This course introduces the history of the region, with a focus on the Hispanic Caribbean, but includes some history of the non-Hispanic Caribbean as well (English, French, Dutch) in order to better understand the history and development of the Caribbean Region as a whole.

LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA
As the Civilization of the Imagination, cinema is recognized as one of the most effective mediums for the diffusion of human ideas and for understanding the reality of the world’s peoples. Furthermore, it is an excellent vehicle to inform us about the social, political, and cultural reality, in both the past and the present, of the countries that produce films. These and other reasons motivate Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra to offer, within the division of Spanish for Foreigners, a semester-long course called “Latin American Cinema,” which serves to deepen students’ knowledge about this region of the world. Parallel to the concepts mentioned above, theoretical cinematographic concepts will be presented and a compendium of the history of this “7th art form.”

CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN THE HISPANIC CARIBBEAN
This course deals with the various cultures that comprise the Hispanic Caribbean as a socio-historic unity within the Caribbean cultural group, considering the specificities and diversities in which their cultural richness lies. We will examine the historic and social processes of the formation and development of the various societies and state forms in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. In addition, we will study the manifestations and representative movements of political thought, philosophy, and pedagogy, as well as artistic and literary production in the Hispanic Caribbean.

DOMINICAN-HAITIAN RELATIONS
This course will examine, in an introductory form, the reality of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, emphasizing the historical structure of both societies as well as historical, political, economic and cultural factors that have influenced the relations of both nations. There will also be complementary activities, such as a visit to a batey and/or the border region (Dajabón) and viewing videos, among others.

GENDER AND SOCIETY OF THE HISPANIC CARIBBEAN
In this course, the situation of women in the Hispanic Caribbean will be analyzed from a human development perspective. For some of the course’s themes, we will make comparative analyses of the situation of women in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. At the same time, we will review the variables of health, education, work, politics, and art, starting from the level of development of the individual countries referred to above, comparing the different variables associated with the condition of gender. Student participation requires extensive field work in Santiago and in nearby sites as we visit, investigate, and compare those elements that cause the gender differences.

HISPANIC CARIBBEAN LITERATURE (PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH)
This course offers a panoramic vision of Hispanic Caribbean literature from the colonial era until the contemporary literature with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Representative works will be read, analyzed and presented from each era corresponding to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. The analyses will be complemented with secondary readings of a diverse nature.

INTRODUCTION TO DOMINICAN FOLKLORE
This course presents a complete and systematic panorama of the different aspects and branches of the study of folklore, with special emphasis on those areas of Dominican folklore that are particularly rich and colorful, including religious observances and festivals. In addition to the natural richness that folklore exhibits, the course will be developed within a wide theoretical framework, emphasizing Dominican references. Various videos will be shown, there will be short excursions that vividly illustrate concepts discussed in class, and students will share brief presentations of their own research, applying the research concepts that are studied in the class.

POVERTY AND DEVELOPMENT: DOMINICAN CASE STUDY
In this course, the concepts of poverty and development are studied through an analysis of national and international factors that deepen poverty and impede a country´s and/or a region´s progress and socio-economic development. Special emphasis is placed on the socio-cultural contexts of the Dominican Republic, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The focus is on neoliberal economic policies, statistics related to international financial organizations, strategies and alternatives for socio-economic and human development in Latin American and Caribbean societies, and external debt and its impact on the poorest countries in the region.

TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
This 4-credit course is addressed to speakers of English who are seriously interested in the ESL / EFL teaching field. It is intended to provide the student teachers with the appropriate and necessary instructions, strategies, and techniques that will enable them to succeed in their English teaching practice. The course is comprised of 28 hours of in-class theory and 56 hours of hands-on practice teaching the regularly enrolled university students at PUCMM, and requires an extensive written report at the end that incorporates elements of both theory and experiences learned through the practicum.

Scholarships

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Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Orientation conducted in Santiago and lasting approximately one week
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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Program

Spring 2018 16 weeks Academic year 2017-2018 35 weeks Fall 2018

Application Due

May 1, 2018

Start Date

Jan 2, 2018 Aug 20, 2017 TBD

End Date

Apr 18, 2018 Apr 18, 2018 TBD

Fees & Housing

$11,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $9,133 **

Housing = $2,250 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $11,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $500

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $175

Visa Fees = $200 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,200

Total Estimated Costs = $2,775

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

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

†† average cost

$26,300
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $21,333 **

Housing = $4,500 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $26,300

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $500

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $350

Visa Fees = $200 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,400

Expenses during break = $600 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $4,950

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

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

†† average cost

††† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

$11,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $9,133 **

Housing = $2,250 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $11,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $500

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $175

Visa Fees = $200 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,200

Total Estimated Costs = $2,775

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

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

†† average cost

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