Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Liberal Arts

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Information for term Liberal Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 3 – Apr 28, 2018 (17 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 16 semester hours / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Your many unique experiences in Santo Domingo will add up to so much more than their sum. Live and learn with Dominican people. Speak in Spanish 24/7. Pitch in for causes close to your heart. Exploring in and out of the city. You’ll come to know this Caribbean country – and yourself – in a whole new way.

Unique Experiences

  • Experience

    everyday family life in Santiago with a homestay – and watch your Spanish language skills improve dramatically.

  • Take courses

    with Dominican peers at two local universities in the humanities and social sciences, or concentrate your studies on the Caribbean.

  • Visit

    the cobblestoned Colonial Zone, lush ecological preserves, breathtaking Samaná Peninsula, and the culturally rich Cibao region in the north.

  • parks and gardens

    14
  • universities

    18
  • Dominican Professional League baseball teams

    2

Location & Culture

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Often called the first city of the New World, Santo Domingo is loaded with historical significance. The 16th Century Colonial Zone is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and this capital city has bragging rights to the first street, cathedral, university, and hospital in the Americas. With a population of nearly three million, Santo Domingo is also a modern city and the economic and political center of the country.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Take an overnight excursion to a notable destination, such as Caño Hondo in Los Haitises National Park to see humpback whales, the Mirabal Sisters Museum, and the Centro León art museum in Santiago.
  • See an outdoor market along the Dominican/Haitian border as you learn about relations between the two countries.
  • Explore more cultural and historical sites, like a colonial sugar mill, a religious syncretic altar, and caves with ancient Taíno pictographs.

INTERNSHIPS

  • Don’t miss your chance to gain professional, international experience while you give back to the Santiago community. Here’s what some students have done:
  • Help with union activities and outreach projects for Alta Gracia Clothing Factory.
  • Support education and outreach with future stars and Major League Baseball staff in Santo Domingo.
  • Create entrepreneurial empowerment programs for people with HIV/AIDS with the Community Service Alliance.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays. Students live in Dominican homestays in middle-class neighborhoods throughout Santo Domingo, and receive three meals a day with their host family. Weekly laundry and linen service is also provided.

  • MEALS

    All meals are provided by your host family.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE STUDY CENTER

    Santo Domingo

  • B

    EL BONÓ

    Santo Domingo

  • C

    INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO DE SANTO DOMINGO (INTEC)

    Santo Domingo

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What you need to know

The program details

This program allows advanced students with strong language skills and backgrounds in social sciences or Latin American studies to enroll in classes at Instituto Filosófico Pedro Francisco Bonó (El Bonó) and Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), in addition to courses at the CIEE Study Center. CIEE courses focus in Spanish language and cultural, literary, artistic, political, and social aspects of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean.

All students sign off on the CIEE Community Language Commitment, agreeing to speak only Spanish to foster language proficiency and understanding of Chilean society.

CIEE Study Center. An elegant home in the Gazcue neighborhood provides a safe, beautiful space for students to study and gather for activities. The new facility includes large classrooms, plenty of office and study spaces, a computer lab, wireless Internet, and terraces and lawns.

El Bonó. This a small Jesuit institute specializes in philosophy and social sciences. It was founded in the 1980s as the Jesuit Order separated from the Catholic Seminary to encourage free expression, critical thought, and a philosophy more in line with Latin American Liberation Theology.

INTEC. This a private university founded in the mid-1970s by professionals and businessmen who valued freedom of expression and critical thought. INTEC was founded to promote academic excellence in social sciences, humanities, medicine, business, and engineering.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    CIEE. Class content and structure is closer to universities in the United States, and the atmosphere is more intimate and relaxed. Classes include six to 18 students, and are only open to CIEE students. A tutor is available to assist participants. El Bonó. Most of the 100 students at El Bonó are young men from different countries in the Caribbean studying philosophy on scholarship as they train to become priests. Class size 20-30, and classes are lecture-based. INTEC. Students choose classes from the INTEC Faculties of Social Sciences and Humanities, and a smaller number of classes 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. At each institution, students can expect three to four contact hours a week for each class, and plan to dedicate an hour of preparation for each hour of class.

  • GRADING

    In language classes, students are graded based on results of quizzes, exams, and homework assignments, and class participation. In content courses, grades are based on class participation, a mid-term exam, research papers, oral presentations and a final exam. Some include compulsory field trips with special assignments.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Students should expect to adapt to a more formal academic culture and dealing with limited or hard-to-find materials. Students are expected to rely on the resident director’s advice during orientation as they choose courses. Students are responsible for communication with home institutions. Add/drop periods vary, and students need to keep track. There is a three-week break between the spring and fall semesters.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent)

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-16 semester/22.5-24 quarter hours
  • Total credit, academic year: 30-31 semester/45-46.5 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 45 hours; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise noted

Students take a total of 15-18 credits. Depending upon the results of a proficiency 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.

  • Students who test out of all language courses, enroll in a maximum of two CIEE courses and 3 direct enrollment courses at El Bonó or Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC).
  • Students who are required to take Spanish language class can take up to 2 additional CIEE courses and 2 direct enrollment courses at El Bonó or INTEC. Those students not required to take Spanish may enroll in a maximum of two CIEE courses and 3 direct enrollment courses at El Bonó or INTEC.

Spring 2018

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Refer to Spring 2017 or Fall 2017 for an overview of course options. Our final courses will be listed shortly.

Fall 2017

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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.

CIEE COURSES

The following are special courses developed specifically for CIEE students.

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

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 other Spanish Literature and Language content courses are geared to very advanced students.

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

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

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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
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week orientation – an introduction to Dominican culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • 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.

No Hidden Fees

Program

Spring 2018 17 weeks Academic year 2017-2018 40 weeks

Application Due

Start Date

Jan 3, 2018 Jul 26, 2017

End Date

Apr 28, 2018 Apr 28, 2018

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 = $250

Books & Supplies = $125

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 = $500

Books & Supplies = $250

Visa Fees = $200 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,400

Expenses during break = $1,200 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $5,550

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

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