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Study in Santiago this summer and immerse yourself in the daily life of a rapidly developing Caribbean country where fascinating historical, commercial, and ecological treasures intersect. You’ll get a taste of daily life in the city known as La Ciudad Corazón (City of the Heart) through excursions, a homestay with a local family, and real-world experience that brings classroom teachings to life.
EXPLORE THE SOCIOECONOMIC EFFECTS
of tourism around the fabulous North Coast.
at Centro Cultural Dominico Americano or Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM)
DEEPEN YOUR UNDERSTANDING
of the culture and language in the Dominican Republic first-hand by living with a host family.
industrial free-trade zone factories100
average daily temperature78.5
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Find yourself surrounded by mountains in the lush valley of the Cibao region. Santiago de los Caballeros, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, puts you steps away from places of historical, cultural, and ecological interest - not to mention, about an hour’s drive to the Atlantic Coast. Santiago is the commercial and cultural center of the fertile Cibao Valley region, housing the León Jimenez cultural center and the commercial street of Calle del Sol.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
- Explore the historic and cultural charms of Santo Domingo
Visit places of historical, social, or ecological relevance such as Puerto Plata, Jarabacoa, or Rio Blanco.
You’ll participate in a range of field experiences that lend practical context to your classroom-based learning. Unique opportunities to hear from and engage with people at the center and forefront of the country’s issues complement and enhance your experience.
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Homestays: Students get a taste of everyday life in Santiago by staying with Dominican host families. Families are middle- to upper-middle class.
All meals are included.
Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
Where You'll Study
PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA MADRE Y MAESTRA
CENTRO CULTURAL DOMINICO AMERICANO
AcademicsClick to Open
Students immerse themselves in the language, history, and culture of the Dominican Republic and gain in-depth insight into the region and people. Content courses are taught in English, and students can elect to enroll in an optional 1-credit Communicative Spanish course. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.
Centro Cultural Domínico-Americano (CCDA) is one of the best bilingual academic institutions of higher learning in the Dominican Republic, offering students the academic resources, support services, and physical facilities of a superior level Latin American educational institution.
Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra was founded in 1962 and 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.
CIEE Santiago is conveniently located on the PUCMM campus.
There are no specific language requirements for this program.
Students enroll in one required course per session.
Total credit: 3-4 per session U.S. semester/4.5-6 per session quarter credits
CIEE courses: 1-3 U.S. semester/1.5-4.5 quarter credits; 15-45 contact hours
Deadlines are taken seriously here. Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates, and CIEE will not alter deadlines or exam dates for students who have made conflicting travel plans. Attendance is mandatory and Incompletes are not accepted.
Classes are for CIEE students only.
Letter grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and F are given. Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including essays, coursework, presentations, and final examinations, papers, or presentations.
Language of Instruction
CoursesClick to Open
- Students may enroll in the elective Communicative Language class during one session.
- “(GI)” denotes courses that originated at CIEE’s Global Institutes and are offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Sites.
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.
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Scholarships & Grants
CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.
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.See more scholarship info
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Dates & 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.
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