Dominican Republic

Program in Brief
This fall or spring semester program offers students in any major who have completed coursework in Spanish at the intermediate-level plus one advanced Spanish course, the opportunity to participate in a total immersion cultural experience. Two locations in the Dominican Republic are offered:

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Get to know the Caribbean region and the people who live there while furthering your education in the liberal arts by studying abroad in Santo Domingo. Known as the “First City of the New World” for being the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas, Santo Domingo is steeped in historical significance—history you’ll live during your semester or year abroad. Explore America’s first castle, the Alcazar de Colon; wander around the vibrant commercial and touristic area, the Malecon; and take a tour of local artifacts in the numerous museums located in the Zona Colonial district. Have a passion for baseball? What better place to study its history than in a country where it is played and followed often with a single-minded devotion.

Santiago, Dominican Republic
OPTION 1 (academic): In Santiago, you’ll immerse yourself in Dominican life both on and off campus, through a combination of intensive coursework, homestays, volunteer opportunities, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions. From coursework in language, politics, regional literature, and art, to rural work retreats, study abroad in the Dominican Republic offers you the unique opportunity to not only learn about the country’s society and culture, but become a participant in them.

OPTION 2 (service learning): The Dominican Republic provides you with the analytical tools to engage in participatory service, and the skills to process and reflect upon your experiences and actions. Through a combination of coursework, field work, internships, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, studying abroad with the competitive service learning track in Santiago offers you a uniquely challenging, immersive, and rewarding intercultural experience.

There is a mandatory set of pre-departure orientations at LVC for all students planning to participate in the program.

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in private homes, where only Spanish is spoken. Host families are responsible for providing student meals.

  • LVC tuition and fees*
  • LVC room and board costs
Travel and personal expenses are NOT included in these fees. Fees subject to change.

*Institutional aid is limited to a maximum of 33% for the Santiago Service Learning track.

Program Dates
Fall semester: late August–mid December
Spring semester: early January–early May
  • Application timetable: Applications should be received by March 15 for fall semester; October 15 for spring semester.
  • $25 deposit is due w/ application.* 
  • Accepted students owe $475 program deposit.* 
  • Packet-of-forms is due April 15 for fall semester; November 15 for spring semester.
*The $500 program deposit will be credited to the student's account in the Business Office for the start of the off-campus semester. The $500 deposit will be forfeited on student withdrawal from the program.

Language of Instruction

Eligibility Requirements
Students from any major who are in good social and academic standing (2.75 GPA) and have completed coursework in Spanish at the intermediate-level and one advanced level course.

Group Excursions
Enjoy an extensive agenda of day-long and extended excursions throughout the country including visits to agricultural and industrial projects; a Dominican tobacco company; the Valley of Constanza, high in the central mountains; and the Samaná Peninsula.