The CIEE program in Santo Domingo is a supported enrollment program offered during the fall, spring, and academic year to students with at least 5 semesters of Spanish. The Program is based at FLACSO, and students take classes here, as well as at three other local universities: Instituto Filosófico Pedro Francisco Bonó (El Bonó), Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), and Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) alongside of local students.Students live with host families and have the opportunity to participate in volunteer activities.
Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, is located on the southern coast of the island. It has a population of two million and is considered to be the main economic and political center of the country.
Students take a core Caribbean Studies course: Social and Ethnocultural Identity of the Contemporary Caribbean, up to two elective courses taught at FLACSO, and up to three elective courses at CIEE-affiliated universities in Santo Domingo: Instituto Filosófico Pedro Francisco Bonó (El Bonó), Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), and Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD). The UASD, a large public university, has an undergraduate population of 160,000 on its main campus in Santo Domingo. Classes tend to be very large and resources and infrastructure may vary from department to department. At FLACSO, students will find that class content and structure is closer to U.S. universities, and that the atmosphere is more intimate and relaxed. Class size is from six to 18 students.
While in the DR, students live with carefully selected host families to deepen their intercultural experience and have more opportunities to speak Dominican Spanish.
Students are encouraged to get involved with the local community through volunteer projects. Students in appropriate majors may apply for a development internship that works with local NGOs.
Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.
Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.
To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:
- To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved by the OGP on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
- To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.