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CIEE: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic- Liberal Arts
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Located on the Southeast coast of the Dominican Republic just at the point where the Ozama River meets the Caribbean Sea, is the Dominican Republic’s capital city, Santo Domingo. With a population of approximately 3 million, it is the Dominican Republic’s largest city. Historically, Santo Domingo is the first city of the Americas. Here you can find the Ozama Fortress, the oldest European fortress in the Americas and Calle de Las Damas, the first street in the Americas. Santo Domingo has more than just history- there is salsa, merengue and bachata music spilling onto the streets, and plenty of delicious foods to try such as pastelitos (small empanadas), picapollo (fried chicken), and tostones (fried plantains).
In order to have an idea of what classes and internship opportunities are available, you should visit the CIEE website.
The CIEE Study Center in Santo Domingo gives study abroad students the opportunity to enroll in classes at Instituto Filosófico Pedro Francisco Bonó (El Bonó), and Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). When available, CIEE students may enroll in post-graduate social science courses at FLACSO. In addition, the CIEE Study Center offers specially designed courses for CIEE students in Spanish language and cultural, literary, artistic, political, and social aspects of the Dominican Republic the Caribbean. Students generally enroll in one Spanish language course and a variety of CIEE content courses, as well as in courses at the other host institutions. This arrangement permits students to combine the "specialized” atmosphere of CIEE with courses offered through INTEC, and El Bonó.
For those students who have an interest in focusing their academic studies on the Caribbean region, the CIEE Study Center offers participants an opportunity to pursue a Caribbean Studies track of study. Students who pursue this track must enroll in the required core course taught at CIEE, Social and Ethnocultural Identity of the Contemporary Caribbean; up to two elective courses taught at CIEE; and up to three elective courses at CIEE-affiliated universities in Santo Domingo. These latter courses must focus on the Dominican Republic or the Caribbean region.
Depending upon the results of a 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, may still choose to enroll in the "Language and Culture in the Dominican Republic" course if they wish. Students who are required to take Spanish may take up to two additional CIEE courses and two 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 three direct enrollment courses at El Bonó, or INTEC. Students choosing the Caribbean Studies track may take up to three CIEE courses, including the Social and Ethnocultural Identity of the Contemporary Caribbean and Spanish language (if required based on language exam), and up to three elective courses through direct enrollment at El Bonó, or INTEC, for a total of five courses. All students may take the living and learning seminar, offered at the CIEE Study Center, regardless of their other course enrollment.
Gain professional, international experience while giving back to your host community. After analyzing themes of social-cultural change, the characteristics and role of NGOs in the Dominican Republic, and exploration of challenges facing contemporary Dominican society, you’ll enter field service at a local grassroots development agency.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 15-18 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. You will receive 3-4 credits per class taken with CIEE. In some cases classes will only be worth 1-2 credits. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late July – Late November/Early December
Spring Semester: Early January – Early May
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
You will live with a Dominican host family and meals are taken at the place of residence. The families are middle to upper-middle class, with a working class option, and all live within walking distance of PUCMM. Housing assignments are made by the Office of International Students at PUCMM based on questionnaires that students submit to CIEE.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. CIEE has a limited number of computers available to students for academic purposes, but has wireless Internet access at the CIEE Study Center office. In addition, there are numerous Internet cafés in Santo Domingo that you can use.
Program Cost: 2014-2015
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the CIEE: Santo Domingo Liberal Arts Expenses Worksheet:
CIEE Santo Domingo Spring 2014 Expenses Worksheet
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Global Reach Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Center for Global Education Diversity Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
CIEE CIC-Partner Scholarships ($1000) - Available to Rutgers students participating on eligible CIEE study abroad programs. Applications will be released to students upon acceptance.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.