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Program Overview

Program Overview

Join us in Santiago, and immerse yourself in the daily life of a rapidly developing Spanish-Caribbean country where fascinating historical, commercial, and ecological treasures intersect.

Study in the Dominican Republic and you will:

  • Explore the socioeconomic effects of tourism around the fabulous North Cost.
  • Take CIEE classes of Spanish and Culture at our Partner Institution Centro Cultural Dominico Americano (CCDA), a binational private institution of higher education endorsed by the U.S. Embassy in the country.
  • Deepen your understanding of the culture and language in the Dominican Republic first-hand by living with a host family at a reasonable walking distance from CIEE offices and to the CCDA site.
  • Explore the historic and cultural charms of Santo Domingo, and visit the world-renowned 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua.
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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 $5 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:

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

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Cultural Activities

You’ll participate in a range of field experiences designed to enhance and lend practical context to your classroom-based learning.

Real world observation and analysis of the key themes are central to your academic and cultural experiences. Unique opportunities to hear from and engage with people at the center and forefront of these issues complement and enhance your experience.

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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.

  • 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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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All students take one elective course in each session.

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About the City

About The City

Santiago de los Caballeros, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, is surrounded by mountains in the lush valley of the Cibao region. Places of historical, cultural, and ecological interest are nearby, and the city is just more than an hour’s drive to the Atlantic Coast. Known as La Ciudad Corazón (City of the Heart), Santiago is the commercial and cultural center of the fertile Cibao Valley region, housing more than 100 industrial free trade zone factories, the León Jimenez cultural center, and the commercial street of Calle del Sol. Although it’s a growing city with a population exceeding 800,000, Santiago retains many features of a small town.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Ryan Bowen

Resident Coordinator

Ryan Bowen earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish literary and cultural studies and religious studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. During college, he studied abroad in the Dominican Republic as a participant on CIEE’s Liberal Arts program in Santiago. An avid traveler, Ryan spent four years working with underserved youth from communities in New York and Washington state, traveled through east Africa, and rode across the U.S. on his bicycle. Ryan’s passion for the DR is complemented by a love for photography. He shares deep knowledge of the fascinating people and places of Hispaniola with students on CIEE Santiago study programs.

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Melba Gonzalez

Office Assistant

Melba González earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago (UTESA), and has been working with CIEE for nearly 20 years. Any questions you might have about the program, campus, city, where to get something, how to get somewhere, really anything at all – ask the always smiling Melba.

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Mercedes Munoz

Academic Director

Mercedes Muñóz earned an M.A. in Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility in 2012 from the Escuela de Organización Industrial in Madrid, Spain. Her major interests lie in the fields of service learning, social science research, and the advancement of cultural values, art, and education. She received her undergraduate degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra´s (PUCMM) Department of Social Communication, and was selected to study and work as the Spanish Teaching Assistant at Occidental College in Los Angeles in 2008-09. Upon her return to Santiago, she became the Director of PUCMM´s Office of International Students. Since January of 2014, she has been the Academic Advisor for CIEE´s Service Learning program and professor for two of our most important Service Learning courses: “Independent Research and Capstone Project” and “Community Partnership: Theory and Engagement". She is also a writer for the Dominican national news media, collaborates with several of the Dominican Republic´s leading NGOs and cultural organizations, and has her own radio station and blog called Champola. Mercedes laughingly says that, in addition to her work, she enjoys travel, languages, cooking, the beach, good conversations, and good coffee.

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Tian Song

Interim Resident Director

Tian Song, Resident Director, is responsible for the successful program administration of all semester, summer, and special programs in Santo Domingo. She teaches the Development Internship and Intercultural Communication and Leadership courses during the academic year. She earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and completed an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Santo Domingo team in 2014, Tian served as Manager of Student Services for the CIEE Shanghai Study Center where she enhanced and strengthened the overall academic, cultural, and residential life program offerings at the growing center. Before CIEE, Tian 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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Dorka Tejada

Faculty-led and Custom and Short Term Program Manager

Dorka Tejada earned her technical degree in agronomy in Loyola Dajabón, Dominican Republic, has taken numerous courses in Business Administration, and is currently studying hotel administration and tourism at UAPA in Santiago. She lived in the United States until she was 12 years old. Perfectly bilingual in Spanish and English, Dorka has worked as an administrator with CIEE, and in particular with the CIEE FAC programs since 2013. She and her husband sing in their church and enjoy traveling with their daughters Keren and Kamelia.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

CIEE classes are taught at Centro Centro Dominico Americano (CCDA), a private institution of higher education. Founded in 1962, CCDA has the support of the Embassy of the United States in the Dominican Republic. It is also one of the best bilingual academic institutions of higher learning in the Dominican Republic. It offers the academic resources, support services, and physical facilities of a superior level Latin American educational institution.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

To enhance the student experience and reinforce the themes of the program, students have the opportunity to live with carefully selected Dominican host families. Housing and most meals are included in the program fee. Housing assignments are made by the Office of International Students at PUCMM, based on questionnaires that students submit to CIEE. Families are middle- to upper-middle class, and there is a working class option. Students and their families are asked to speak Spanish exclusively, except for students who test into the beginning level of Spanish. For these students, at least one member of the host families will be able to speak some English. Living in a private home is considered the best housing arrangement in Santiago, both because it’s practical (there is no student housing on campus) and gives students a richer immersive experience. CIEE works closely with host families to provide students opportunities to integrate into the Dominican community.

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Orientations

Orientations

A comprehensive orientation activities at the beginning of each program session introduces students to the city of Santiago, the most basic and fascinating aspects of Dominican culture, and details of the session itself. Orientation includes specially designed sessions on health and safety, local living logistics, and cultural engagement opportunities. All orientation activities are based on the Spanish profiles of students and are run by CIEE Study Center staff members, who use orientation sessions as opportunities to get to know each student.

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Internet

Internet

Students have access to the Internet at the CIEE Study Center´s combination library, study room, and computer room, as well as in PUCMM´s computer lab, in many of the campus´ buildings, and at Internet cafés throughout the city. Many host families have Internet access in their homes, although it’s not required. Students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops and flash drives to prepare and save their work.

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Culture

Culture

As an integral part of the program and course offerings, students participate in a diversity of field experiences designed to enhance and lend practical context to their classroom-based learning. The study abroad program offers an extensive agenda of educational excursions throughout the region and provides weekly calendars of local socio-cultural activities in Santiago and the surrounding area.

Real world observation and analysis of the key themes of each session will constitute a central pillar of students' academic and cultural experiences. The classroom experiences will be complemented and significantly enhanced through unique opportunities to hear from and engage with a diversity of people at the center and forefront of these issues.

Additionally, students will be required to reflect on their experiences and observations both in and outside of class activities, including their personal experiences related to the local language and culture. Examination of individual observations will diversify and deepen the experience of each student and the participant group as a whole, and allow students to relate their coursework to their own lived experiences in Santiago. Oral and written reflection will be factored into class assignments and discussions with the goal of encouraging participants to be mindful of the course/program themes during their time in the Dominican Republic, and helping them to make sense of what they see, hear, experience, and learn.

Students will also be actively encouraged–on an extracurricular basis–to take advantage of the wide array of events available in Santiago that will bring to life the themes of the program, and at the same time enhance their cultural experience abroad.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

CIEE classes are coordinated and taught through the CIEE Study Center at the Centro Cultural Domínico Americano (CCDA) and are designed for CIEE students.

Nature of Classes

All program courses are offered by CIEE at the Centro Cultural Domínico Americano (CCDA) and are for CIEE students only. Classes and coursework are delivered in Spanish and English, depending upon the class chosen by each student.

Grading System

Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including essays, coursework, presentations, and final examinations, papers, or presentations. Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for students who have made conflicting travel plans.

Grading Scale

Letter grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and F are given. Students are assessed based on a combination of participation, papers, oral presentations, and a final exam. Attendance is mandatory and Incompletes are not accepted.

Language of Instruction

English and Spanish

Faculty

Professors are from the CIEE study center contracted from the Department of Applied Linguistics and the Area of Spanish for Foreigners at (PUCMM) or from CCDA.

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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.

Session I

  • Beginning Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Culture & Society in the Hispanic Caribbean (taught in English)

Session II

  • Beginning Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Cinema & Society in the Hispanic Caribbean (taught in English)

Session III

  • Beginning Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Introduction to Dominican Folklore (taught in English)

CIEE Courses

CAST 3001 DRSU (ENG)

Culture & Society in the Hispanic Caribbean(offered during first session only)

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, social, and economic 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. This course will be offered in English.

CINE 3001 DRSU (ENG)

Cinema & Society in the Hispanic Caribbean(offered during second session only)

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 the films. These and other reasons motivated the university to provide a 3-credit course featuring movies from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. The course serves to deepen students’ knowledge about this fascinating 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.” This course will be offered in English.

Introduction to Dominican Folklore (offered during third session only)

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.

SPAN 1001 DRLC

Beginning Spanish (offered during all three sessions)

The main objective of this course is to provide beginning Spanish language learners with the tools needed to develop and improve their oral and written abilities in Spanish, with the major focus on their oral skills. Prior knowledge of pronunciation and the most basic grammatical structures of the language is required. This course has an essentially communicative orientation, through which students perfect their oral and aural comprehension, ability to communicate in a variety of contexts, expand their vocabulary, learn “Dominicanisms,” and strengthen their knowledge and use of the most important grammatical structures of Spanish, while exploring social issues of Hispanic and specifically Dominican life.

SPAN 2001 DRLC

Intermediate Spanish (offered during all three sessions)

This course offers students the necessary tools to develop their communicative competencies and thus reinforce previous knowledge about the often complex aspects of Spanish grammar. A wide variety of exercises helps students develop their written and oral comprehension and writing skills, as well as acquire an expanded and contextualized vocabulary. Additionally, the course includes a vareity of theme-based readings that compare and contrast Hispanic-American culture in the different regions of the Caribbean, especially the Dominican Republic. An intermediate-level knowledge of Spanish grammatical structures and an ample vocabulary is required.

SPAN 3001 DRLC

Advanced Spanish (offered during all three sessions)

This course has been designed with the objective of offering advanced-level Spanish language students a general vision of Dominican Spanish along with linguistic studies that encompass its phonetic, morphosyntactic, lexic, and semantic aspects. Opportunities are offered in diverse communicative contexts with the aim of assessing the relevant linguistic data and Dominicans´ distinctive forms of speaking. The course requires a clear understanding and use of complex grammatical structures and advanced levels of both written and spoken Spanish. Students will participate in interactive lectures and accompanying presentations (both by individuals and by groups) on a wide variety of grammatical and cultural topics; will read, analyze, discuss, and write about short articles, short stories, and films and documentaries; listen to and analyze, discuss, and write about songs by the regions´ most popular singers and groups; interview Spanish speakers both on and off campus; act out diverse cultural and intercultural situations in class; and participate in daily conversation practice.

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