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Program Overview

Program Overview

You don’t need any Spanish experience to study business in the Dominican Republic with CIEE this January. Take a course (in English) on the complexity of business issues, regional systems, and trends in the Caribbean, and go on excursions that connect your studies to real life. You could visit free-trade zones, organic coffee, sugar, or cacao farms, talk with trade experts, or see a musical group perform at the ruins of a 16th-century monastery. It’s all waiting!

Study abroad in the Dominican Republic and you’ll:

  • Investigate the most relevant business and economic issues in the Caribbean
  • Live with a Dominican host family
  • Visit free trade zones and fair trade companies
  • Go to theater performances, concerts, and baseball games
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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/

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

Excursions

While in Santo Domingo, you’ll go to local theater performances, concerts, and baseball games and take part in daylong and weekend excursions. You might visit the ruins of colonial sugar plantations in Engombe, and see how the history of sugar and slavery went hand in hand in Boca de Nigua. In Caño Hondo in Los Haitises National Park, you could replant endangered mangroves and see pictographs made by the indigenous Taíno people. A lesson on trade liberalization and privatization of markets might take you to a clothing factory in the free trade zone that pays wages three times higher than other factories in the area.

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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

Students are required to take one course.

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About the City

About The City

Santo Domingo, often called “the first city of the New World,” is steeped in historical significance. The 16th Century Colonial Zone is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Santo Domingo boasts the first street, cathedral, university and hospital in the Americas. But it is also a modern city. With a population of close to three million, Santo Domingo 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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Marcelle De Los Santos

Administrative Assistant

Marcelle De Los Santos, Administrative Assistant, has been a member of the CIEE Santo Domingo team since 2014. Marcelle is completing a degree in architecture from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) and also teaches English at the San Isidro Air Force Base in East Santo Domingo.

As Administrative Assistant, Marcelle manages daily study center matters, homestay placements, excursions, and student health needs. Marcelle enjoys the opportunity for intercultural exchange that working with CIEE facilitates, as well as the opportunity to help and support students in their transformative experience.

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Hector Lopez

Héctor López, Student Coordinator, has been a member of the CIEE Santo Domingo team since 2002. He graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) with a degree in architecture, having completed courses in tridimensional design, small space distribution, and construction project administration, supervision, and control. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo.

Héctor supports CIEE students in their cultural adaptation and provides assistance with public transportation, excursions, and cultural activities. He also assists with the coordination of student internship and volunteer work and is responsible for liaising with local institutions and partners for all programs in Santo Domingo.

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Tian Song

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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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Students take all courses at the CIEE Study Center in Santo Domingo. The building is a converted large and charming colonial residence in the Gazcue neighborhood of central Santo Domingo. It’s equipped with classrooms, study areas, wireless Internet, a kitchen, outdoor seating, a computer lab, and other amenities for students, staff, and instructors.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Students live in Dominican homestays in the historic neighborhoods throughout Santo Domingo, all within a 15- to 20-minute walk from the CIEE Study Center. Housing and most meals are included in the program fee. All students eat three meals each day with their host family. Weekly laundry and linen service is also provided. The homestay is essential to the student’s learning process and integration into life in Santo Domingo. The opportunity to live with a Dominican family not only allows students to deconstruct stereotypes and observe real life in action, but it also creates opportunities for dialogue about issues raised in their courses. Wherever possible, homestays include at least one member who speaks conversational English.

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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. Meeting with students online, the resident director 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 objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

A three-day orientation session at the beginning of each program session introduces students to the city of Santo Domingo, the most basic and fascinating aspects of Dominican culture, and this program. Orientation includes specially designed sessions on health and safety, local living logistics, and community engagement opportunities.

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Internet

Internet

Students are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. The CIEE Study Center is equipped with free wireless Internet, as are many local restaurants and shops. USB-enabled 3G modems can be purchased locally, and students can purchase Internet time for a reasonable price in order to have Internet access wherever there is cell phone coverage. The center also has a computer lab available for student use.

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Culture

Culture

The academic program is supplemented by field trips and excursions to various points of interest around Santo Domingo and the Dominican Republic. Excursions and activities are chosen to provide students with an overview of the cultural diversity offered in the city and surroundings, and to complement the overall academic theme of the program.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

Courses meet Monday through Friday for three hours each day. Professors may schedule course-related field trips on Fridays and occasionally on weekends. Students should expect to have daily reading assignments and weekly quizzes or presentations. Most courses combine lectures and class discussions with outside-of-class trips and excursions to help students gain a better understanding of the local culture.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

The required course is taught in English. As all students live with local CIEE homestay families, there are daily opportunities for students to practice Spanish with their homestay family and other local community members.

Grading System

Assessment
Learning outcomes will be assessed through personal reflections, evaluation feedback and self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi. Students will be assessed through a combination of active participation (in class and outside of class), daily discussions, presentations, and final projects and/or papers.

Grading System
Students generally are graded on the basis of exams, homework, participation and attendance, much like they are in the United States. Exams, quizzes, research papers and individual and group oral presentations or projects may be assigned. Grades A-F are assigned with no plusses or minuses.

Language of Instruction

English.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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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 Study Center Syllabi

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

BUSI 3001 SDDR
Business Integration Models in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean

This course will investigate and analyze the various business models that the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean countries have implemented in relation to free trade zones, the tourist industry, and fair trade companies. Students will also explore the historical perspective of the DR’s development of the sugar cane industry. Students in this class will be able to visit free-trade zones, examine fair trade companies or organic farms specializing in the main industries (sugar, coffee, cacao, tobacco), or talk with professionals or enterprises that have a direct stake in the tourism industry.

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