Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo Semester

Program Overview

Of the Dominican Republic's three major metropolitan areas, Santo Domingo is the largest and second largest city in the Caribbean. Located on the southern coast, it was founded between the years 1496 and 1498 as Nueva Isabela by Bartolomeo Columbus, brother of Christopher Columbus. It became the model for other Spanish colonial cities of the New World and the gateway to exploration of other regions in South America and the Caribbean. The most popular tourist site is in the heart of the city, Zona Colonial (Colonial Zone). The old city, located on the western bank of the Río Ozama, maintains its cobblestone streets, historical monuments, and wonderful old-world Spanish architectural structures by the colonial government beginning with Columbus. Today, Santo Domingo is a bustling and cosmopolitan city with over 2.5 million inhabitants and boasts activities for every interest. It is home to several large universities and a thriving tourist center of major hotels, restaurants, casinos and cultural events.

Photos 1&4 by: Rigotti Matteo

 


Academic Profile
Academic Profile

Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in Santo Domingo

Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) is located in the capital city of Santo Domingo, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas. With a population of over 2.2 million, the city is on the island's southern coast, and it has been proclaimed by UNESCO as the city of "Cultural Heritage of the New World," offering the first cathedral, fort, monastery, hospital, and university. The Catholic university campus in Santo Domingo has 4,200 students, and offers a broad range of undergraduate programs. It also hosts a special Spanish language institute.

The semester study abroad program in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is for students interested in learning to speak Spanish and for students who already have some Spanish language proficiency. There is no Spanish language requirement for our program in the Dominican Republic. Students can take one of three academic programs: Intensive Spanish for students interested in learning to speak Spanish, Direct Enrollment for students proficient in Spanish (all courses are taught in Spanish) and a Combination program where students can take some direct enrollment courses with 3-6 credits taught in English.

Course Offerings

The primary objective of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop oral and written Spanish skills, and to learn about Caribbean society and culture. This objective is advanced through university courses, home stays, and a community service program which places students directly within the mainstream of Dominican society. Students with beginning to advanced Spanish language skills can be accommodated. The academic program is 15 weeks in length for both the fall and spring semesters. For students entering with zero to intermediate level language skills, nine credits of Spanish will be offered. At least two other courses, taught in English, are available. Students with advanced Spanish language skills will have a modified program which will allow them to attend a selection of regular university courses over the full semester. All courses are taught at PUCMM in Santo Domingo. This program is open to students with at least a 2.5 GPA.

Academic Highlights

The primary objective of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop oral and written Spanish skills, and to learn about Caribbean society and culture. This objective is advanced through university courses, home stays, and a community service program which places students directly within the mainstream of Dominican society. Students with beginning to advanced Spanish language skills can be accommodated. The academic program is 15 weeks in length for both the fall and spring semesters. For students entering with zero to intermediate level language skills, nine credits of Spanish will be offered. At least two other courses, taught in English, are available. Students with advanced Spanish language skills will have a modified program which will allow them to attend a selection of regular university courses over the full semester. All courses are taught at PUCCM. This program is open to students with at least a 2.5 GPA. No previous Spanish language is required.

 


Activities and Opportunities
Activities and Opportunities

Housing

All students are placed in homestays where they will have single rooms. Students will be provided with two meals per day.

 


Program Details
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Semester Program Details

Duration

Fall 2013: Mid August- Mid Dec, 2013
Spring 2013 : Jan 7-April 21, 2013p>

Application Deadline(s)

Fall : May 1, 2013

Spring: October 1, 2013

Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to students with at least a 2.5 GPA. No previous Spanish language is required.

Language

Spanish and English

Costs

CCIS Members and NY State residents $7,846
Non-NY State residents                       $7,996

Costs Included

Instructional costs abroad, excursion package, room and board (2 meals/day), administrative fees, books,field trips  and CCIS health insurance

Costs Not Included

Airfare ($700), books ($120), tourist card and exit tax ($20), lunches and personal costs ($700)

All costs are subject to change.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

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Your Adventure in the Caribbean Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:


Maria I Basualdo
Study Abroad Coordinator

Broome Community College
(607)778-5030
Fax( 607)778-5554
E-mail: studyabroad@sunybroome.edu
Web:https://mycollege.sunybroome.edu/web/www/santo-domingo-pucmm

How do I apply?

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading the forms. To download, right click on the application or recommendation form and click "save as", then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, SAVE IT FIRST!!!! DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to the contact email address associated with the program in which you are applying. If for some reason you do not see the email address pop up when you click "submit", then email the application to the program sponsor listed here on this page.

YOU MUST NOTIFY YOUR HOME INSTITUTIONS' STUDY ABROAD OFFICE OR ADVISOR OF YOUR INTENTIONS AND ALSO PROVIDE THEM WITH A COPY OF YOUR APPLICATION. 

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CCIS Online Application & Instructions

CCIS Online Student Recommendation

(Students: DO NOT send the student recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL. The student recommendation form can be found under the "Apply Now" tab.) 

Note: Students from CCIS member institutions enroll through their home campus; students from non-member institutions enroll through Broome Community College/SUNY or other appropriate CCIS member institutions.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.