CIEE: Santiago - Liberal Arts, Dominican Republic

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Improve your Spanish while gaining insight into the realities of life in the developing world of the Dominican Republic. In Santiago, you’ll immerse yourself in local culture, both on and off campus, through a combination of intensive coursework, ... read more

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A student studying abroad with CIEE: Santiago - Liberal Arts, Dominican Republic
June 22, 2019 Worth Every Minute
How can I possibly some this up... I learned some social dynamics/inequities have not only a local or national context, but also a global continuity. I learned that this world is a big, beautiful place absolutely worth exploring. I learned that human connection spans across borders and oceans and to be open to fully embracing a... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Learned a lot about Dominican and Haitian Culture. Improved my Spanish x100 while exploring a beautiful island. Learned a lot about my own culture and how it differed from others. Absolutely worthwhile! - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
I learned more spanish and a completely new culture. It was definitely worth while. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Absolutely. Again, this study abroad experience is great for students that are proactive and willing to work hard. I learned a lot through volunteering outside of school and engaging my host family. I hope to go back soon. - Trinity University View Entire Review
After this program, I can honestly say that I am graduating with a well-rounded Spanish language and cultural experience. - DePauw University View Entire Review
Personally, it made me realize just how much of a control freak I am. The Dominican Republic is not conducive to that way of being, and it has taught me patience like I never would have imagined. Academically and in terms of career goals, I now have a very clear idea of what I would like to do with myself after I graduate. Up... - Clark University View Entire Review
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It was amazing. I am a different person than when I left. - Rice University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CIEE: Santiago - Liberal Arts, Dominican Republic
I learned a great deal about how history can shape people's interactions with one another. (Dominican-Haitian Relations). I felt it was worthwhile. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I got a chance to tutor elementary school children and it was great. It almost makes me want to switch from studying law to education. - Fordham University View Entire Review
I gained a deeper understanding of myself, my privilege, and my relationship to materialism. I began to grasp the complexity and difficulty of understanding and participating in a foreign culture. I also better understand the problems and benefits of service abroad. The experience was fully worthwhile - Fordham University View Entire Review
Yes. Because of my study abroad experience I now understand human rights from a completely different perspective. My life and my perspective on the world has been totally changed. - Barnard College View Entire Review
I loved this program. I did not come into this program with the mindset of "hey I'm a junior in college let's go study abroad!" I came into this program with the mindset of therapy, recooperation, and self healing based on previous events that happened before I left for the DR. Because of this, I did not have a typical study abr... - Clark University View Entire Review
Past Review
The immersion, hands down. Classes were great and they definitely supported us in our field assignments, but the time we spent in our communities was invaluable. I don't know of many other programs where cultural immersion as academically and socially crucial as it was for us. We were and will always be outsiders in the Dominica... - Clark University View Entire Review
Past Review
Absolutely! I gained a new outlook not only on health care and public policy, but also on aspects of life we take for granted in the United States. Complete foreign language and culture immersion taught me to laugh at myself and maintain a sense of humor no matter what happened. Lastly, I made lifelong friends with Dominican stu... - Rice University View Entire Review

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Improve your Spanish while gaining insight into the realities of life in the developing world of the Dominican Republic. In Santiago, you’ll immerse yourself in local culture, both on and off campus, through a combination of intensive coursework, homestays, volunteer opportunities, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions. In class you’ll study the language, politics, regional literature, and art. During rural work retreats, you’ll become part of life in the Dominican Republic – and the Dominican Republic will become part of you.

Study abroad in Santiago and you'll:
- Interact with Dominican society through homestays, university courses, rural and urban volunteering activities, language partners, and activities with Dominican and Haitian students
- Consider an optional community service or Teaching English as a Second Language course (earn a TESL certificate), both of which include a hands-on practicum
- Contrast the daily realities of the Dominicans and Haitians who share the campus and city
- Learn outside the classroom on class trips including visits to free trade zones, sites of ecological and historical-cultural importance, and a weekend excursions to the Samaná Peninsula and mountains of Constanza

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Latin American Studies
  • Caribbean Studies
  • Spanish Language, Literature
Minimum GPA:
2.75
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