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  • Locations: Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
  • Restrictions: U of A applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year U of A Application Deadline U of A Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 11/01/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 11/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** If you are applying for an external program, please note the U of A application deadline listed may be different than the external program provider's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor: Bumpers College: Veronica Mobley, College of Architecture & Design: Brian Poepsel, College of Education & Health Professions: Veronica Mobley, College of Engineering: Brian Poepsel, Fulbright College: Katie Sabo, Walton College: Sarah Malloy Program Type: External
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Credit Hours Available: Between 12-18 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Architecture, Business (Economics), Community Health Promotion, Comp Lit and Cultural Studies, Human Development & Family Sci, Humanities, Law, Public Policy, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish Program Duration: Academic Year, Semester
Credit Type: Transfer Credit Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: Spanish Open to non-U of A students?: No
Open to Graduate Students?: No Housing Options: Homestay
Program Description:

Service Learning


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Program Overview

Ever wonder what fair-trade labels mean to the workers who attach them? In the Dominican Republic – one of the poorest countries in the Caribbean – your experiences will shine a light on this and more. Examine their socio-economic challenges, and help improve their lives. Through coursework, fieldwork, internships, activities, and excursions, you’ll also improve your Spanish skills, and add valuable skills like research methodology, grant writing, critical analysis, and public speaking to your resume.

Unique Experiences


and learn through collaborative experience on grassroots and community-based projects.


to an ongoing rural partnership in organic farming and environmental justice.


for a community in need with capstone service project that includes field research.

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Excursions & Activities

  • Visit free-trade zones, schools, clinics, NGOs and more – last year’s visits included a fair-trade clothing factory and sugar plantation.
  • Unwind at tropical Samaná Peninsula, where you’ll marvel at mangroves at Los Haitises National park, swim at one of the DR’s most beautiful beaches, and visit Salto El Limon, and the magical Lemon Waterfall.
  • Get skills you need for a global career by earning a Teach English as a Second Language certificate or completing a course in community service.
  • See the economy in action with weekend excursions. Visit Dajabón, an economic development zone on the Haitian-Dominican border region. Visit Santo Domingo and Haina to learn about the slave and sugar trades.
  • Explore national parks like Lago Enriquillo, Bahia de las Aguilas, and el Hoyo de Pelentito.
  • Take one-day trips to Jamao del Norte, the Hermanas Mirabal Museum, and La Vega during Carnaval season.


  • Rural stays. Halfway through the program, students stay in a rural community and learn about community development. Work with the first school of organic agriculture and ecology in the DR to learn sustainable environmental practices and alternative strategies for common problems in urban and rural areas, and fine-tune your capstone project.
  • Work retreat. See how grassroots development works with this weekend away.
  • Internships. Team up with one of our partners (below) and help communities with a range of issues from education to legal assistance while you gain great experience.

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Two-week orientation – an introduction to Dominican culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in and around your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

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