Dominican Republic Santiago
|Semester:||Fall, Spring, or Full Year|
|Estimated Dates:||Fall: mid-August to mid-December, Spring: early January to late April|
|Program Focus:||General Culture with Language Component|
Completion of Spanish 202. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a 3.0 GPA in Spanish course study are required.
In cooperation with the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), Lewis & Clark offers this study program at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), Santiago Campus, which focuses on the history, culture, and current socioeconomic and political issues in the Dominican Republic. The program includes a week-long orientation that features discussions about the culture, history, and practices that are particular to the Dominican Republic, as well as other practical information about the program and country. This program also features an optional practicum in which students gain exposure to development issues and social service programs. Students gain a better understanding of Dominican society and improve their Spanish language proficiency by taking part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment and speaking Spanish at all times. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE Santiago staff on an individual and group basis throughout the study abroad program.
Santiago de los Caballeros is a city surrounded by mountains in the lush valley of the Cibao region of the Dominican Republic. Known as the “City of the Heart,” this commercial and cultural center known for its relaxed and refined atmosphere—as well as the most vibrant celebration of Carnival in the country. While studying in Santiago, you can explore the commercial street of Calle del Sol, visit one of the more than 100 industrial free trade zone factories in the area, and learn to dance the meringue.
Onsite Staff: The Resident Coordinator of the CIEE Santiago program is Ryan Bowen. Ryan 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.
Requirements Fulfilled: This program fulfills the two-course international studies general education requirement and the overseas requirement for the Latin American Studies minor.
Credits: Credit earned varies based on courses completed. Students may earn up to 19 credits. (Overloads are not permitted.)
Curriculum: Students may take a maximum of 16 credits at PUCMM, including a Spanish language course; the program’s core course, Contemporary Dominican Republic: Political and Socioeconomic Processes; and PUCMM’s elective courses. They may also take the optional 2-credit CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Santiago. Based on the results of an on-site language proficiency examination at the beginning of the program, students are placed into one of three advanced language levels, which determines the required language course and electives they may take. Students are required to enroll in the Community Partnership Internship, Poverty and Development Dominican Republic Case Study, Social Research Methods, a Spanish course at their level, and the Capstone Project. Students also have the opportunity to take a 1-credit direct enrollment course elective at PUCMM. A sampling of the courses and course descriptions are available on the CIEE Courses webpage for the program.
Excursions: The program offers an extensive agenda of educational excursions throughout the country and provides weekly calendars of local socio-cultural activities in Santiago and the surrounding area. Offerings include rural and urban volunteer opportunities, numerous day trips, and class trips designed to supplement classroom content. Past weekend excursions have included visits to the Valley of Constanza, the Samaná Peninsula, the Bonao area, and Playa Ensenada. Day trips include visits to sites such as the Capital and its Zona Colonial; the Hermanas Mirabal Museum in Salcedo; La Vega during Carnaval season; and to the market town of Dajabón, the principal commercial and economic development zone on the Haitian-Dominican border.
Many field trips are also integrated into academic classes. These may include visits to agricultural and industrial areas, free trade zones, a Dominican tobacco company, local museums, clinics, schools, and nonprofit organizations.
Housing: Students live in private Dominican homes with families and meals are eaten at the place of residence. The families all live within walking distance of PUCMM. Students and their families are asked to speak Spanish exclusively.
Cultural Partners: As part of the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Santiago, students share their culture, and learn about a new one through a series of directed homework assignments with a Dominican or Haitian cultural partner. During the semester, students might also talk with Dominican and Haitian university students during a university English class – an educational experience for both program participants and the local students.
Service Work: Two times each semester students will do service work in a rural community. CIEE has a long-standing relationship with many of the service sites. While safe, accommodations for these optional retreats are rustic, often testing the ability of students to adapt to the Dominican rural reality. Students work right alongside local community members.
Overseas Program Fee (includes tuition, room & board, excursions, and supplemental health insurance): Semester - $31,112 / Full Year - $62,224
Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and transportation costs not covered by the program fee.
Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to STI): $500 - $1,000
Estimated Travel Document Fees: $200 - $250
Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,275.50*
*All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding Health Insurance Information & Overseas Programs.
Application Process: This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary application to CIEE and will receive a separate notification letter of admittance. Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these similar materials to CIEE. Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.
For more information about the application process, click here.
Travel: Students usually fly into Cibao International airport (STI), where they are met by CIEE Santiago staff and transported to the program orientation.
Visa: Students will be required to apply for a visa in order to participate in this program. More information will be provided upon admission to the program.
Country-Specific Health Information: Click here to view specific health information for people traveling to the Dominican Republic.
State Department Country Information: Click here to visit the State Department’s Dominican Republic page.