Study Abroad in Dominican Republic

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Studying Abroad in the Dominican Republic


21 Study Abroad Programs in the Dominican Republic


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With programs available in Santiago and Santo Domingo, ISA brings its remarkable study abroad experience to participants. Classes at the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago are primarily Spanish-taught with local students while the Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo offers more English-taught courses in several disciplines. Both programs include on-site support, excursions, home...


Since 1947, the Council on International Educational Exchange has been helping people all over the world to gain understanding, develop skills, and acquire knowledge through different varieties of programs abroad. Study in the Dominican Republic and intimately experience the culture and lifestyle of this nation. The study abroad program offers a variety of academic courses such as Liberal Arts,...


Participants have the chance to immerse themselves into the Spanish language with this study program in the Dominican Republic with Enforex. They will attend classes in the vibrant city of Santo Domingo on the Spanish course of their choice. This program is offered throughout the year.


Students can enjoy life in the Dominican Republic by joining an AmeriSpan Study Abroad program. These educational programs, offered throughout the year, are located in the city of Santo Domingo. Participants get the chance to study Spanish, and practice with the local, native speakers, while getting to know the country's unique culture and traditions firsthand.


Spanish Abroad, Inc. gives students the chance to take Spanish language courses in the Dominican Republic. They offer a wide variety of Spanish Language programs that aim to help students gain the necessary language skills effectively and rapidly.


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InteRDom is the premier expert in comprehensive and immersive internships, research, and study abroad in the Dominican Republic. The InteRDom "Build Your Program" feature allows undergraduate, graduate, and gap-year students to customize their semester, summer or year-long program and delve into the Dominican Republic's language, traditions, landscapes and customs. InteRDom works closely wit...


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WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO? The Dominican Republic faces many challenges when it comes to primary and preventative healthcare and dentistry for its people. It is common for medical conditions to remain untreated and to progress to an advanced pathological stage uncommon in wealthier countries. This observation and experience program allows you to assist and shadow dentists, whilst sharing and bu...


Study abroad in Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) offers a diverse courses in both undergraduate and graduate schools and several certificate programs and diplomas in the Continuing Education Department. UNIBE is known in paying special interest in the growth and well-being of students and ranked among the best 200 universities in Latin America. Aside from UNIBE's wide range of undergradua...


Do you want to learn Spanish quickly and efficiently? Do you want to do this staying at a safe and secure all-inclusive resort while being immersed in the Spanish language and culture of the Dominican Republic? Then KLS All-Inclusive Spanish Immersion Program is the one for you! You will be on your way to speaking and understanding the language faster than you ever thought possible!


Visit the Dominican Republic through ALIORE, Worldwide Workshops. Students can take a workshop on traditional salsa, music, and art. The program runs for up to three weeks and students receive three lessons per day, accommodation with a host family, and local transport costs. Participants from all over the world are welcome to the artistic experience.

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Studying Abroad in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic’s characteristic Caribbean lure includes alluring white beaches, vibrant music and dance, and exotic food. Its stunning mountain scenery, picturesque villages, and striking colonial architecture makes studying abroad in the Dominican Republic a true learning experience amid some of Latin America’s wildest natural beauty.

Geography & Demographics

Most people in Dominican Republic are descended from the Spanish, Africans, and the indigenous Taino. Today, the Dominican Republic is a mix of African, Caucasian and multiracial ethnicities. A class system continues to characterize Dominican Republic today, as does residual tension with neighboring Haiti. When studying abroad in the Dominican Republic, you’ll win favor with the locals by trying to speak as much Spanish as you can.

The nation’s capital city, Santo Domingo, is the oldest permanent settlement in the Western Hemisphere. Dominican Republic is a rather small country, its geographical area is only a little more than twice the size of the U.S. state of New Hampshire.

Being in the Dominican Republic is like experiencing non-stop summer, with a temperature that remains fairly consistent (averaging at 81-87º Fahrenheit). The summer months in Dominican Republic fall between May and October, the hottest time of the year, with the most rainfall occurring during May. The busiest tourist season is from December to April, when most travellers from the north are trying to escape the cold weather in their countries.

Food & Culture

Dominican cuisine offers a heady mix of Taino, Spanish, and African influences, with a twist that is distinctively Dominican. Meals here are usually high in starch and carbohydrates. Most dishes are simple and are made of locally grown ingredients readily available from trees, gardens, and in nearby stores, with fresh fish or locally grown meat.

A popular breakfast option in the Dominican Republic is the mangúl (mashed plantains topped with onions). They also commonly serve mazamorra (mashed squash served with onions). Another favorite breakfast meal includes fried salami, eggs, and fried cheese.

A typical Dominican lunch is la bandera Dominica (the Dominican flag), a meal that includes rice, beef stew and meat. A Dominican dinner is light, usually a variation of the breakfast meals, or sometimes just a sandwich.

Baseball is the greatest passion of the Dominicans. There are more than 500 native Dominican ballplayers in the U.S. major leagues.

Things to Do

Studying abroad in the Dominican Republic will absolutely take you out of the classroom, and what you choose to do when you’re out and about is up to you. You can go horseback riding, scuba diving, and riverboat fishing in Casa de Ocampo, a beach resort in La Romana. Or, join the national obsession and catch (or play in) some baseball games.

Visit the Columbus Lighthouse, a world museum that’s a colossal monument to the explorer Christopher Columbus. Get to know the Dominican Republic’s original inhabitants, the Taino people, by visiting Santo Domingo’s renowned museum, the Museo del Hombre Dominicano. Take in the great architecture and history of colonial Old Town at Puerto Plata. Drop by Fort San Felipe, the old Spanish fortress, or check out important historical buildings at the Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo.

Join in the Dominican nightlife by dancing merengue in Santo Domingo, or partying at the nightclubs along Avenida Venezuela or on the boardwalk, the Malecon. Blend in with the natives and order the local favorite, Cuba libre servicio (iced rum and cola). You will find the drink in one of the country’s many colmadons (grocery stores that double as bars).

Carnival in the Dominican Republic is always a spectacle. If you are studying abroad in the Dominican Republic during February, do not miss Carnival in La Vega, said to be the best Carnival celebration in the Caribbean. It’s held each Sunday in February, attracting hundreds of thousands of people per year. 

The salt-water lake Lago Enriquillo has an astonishing population of tropical birds and crocodiles. Mount Isabela de Torres offers a splendid view of the ocean and surrounding landscapes. Many mountain bikers come from all over the world to tackle the Cordillera Septentrional (the country’s northern mountain range). Offshore game fishing draws international tourists who catch dorado, sailfish, and marlin. Some of the best windsurfing in the Americas is found at the Cabarate on the north coast. Between mid-January and mid-March is whale watching season; at the Samana headlands, you can see thousands of humpback whales making their annual visit.

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