Dominican Republic: Movement Science

*Please note:  The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2023. Details below are subject to change.

This program takes place in Santiago, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic with almost 1 million people. The program is designed to prepare Movement Science, BMS and Pre-Professional Health majors to work with diverse populations by introducing students to the culture and education of one of the most beautiful countries in the Caribbean. It will combine lectures with visits to a physical therapy clinic, and an exercise/sport facility that will allow students to experience health professionals and the use of Kinesiology in the Dominican Republic.  Students will stay with host families to deepen their cultural immersion. Previous experience in Spanish is not required since most families speak some English.

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2.5 GPA Required
English Language Requirement
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2023

Estimated Program Dates: May 2023 - June 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

(5 weeks)


Dominican Republic

Students will register for a total of 6 credits:

MOV 300: Kinesiology (3 credits)  

LAS 210: Exploration of Latin America (3 credits)

Language of Instruction: English

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives

Fulfills (1) General Education Issues course requirement AND (1) Foundations course requirement OR 

Fulfills entire General Education Issues requirement 

Reflection required for Issues requirement



Students will stay host families in Santo Domingo.  

Cost and Scholarships

Dominican Republic


Program Fee: $3,934


  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Field trips and entrance fees
  • All ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition - 6 credits ($3,504)
  • Personal expenses ($250)
  • Passport ($150)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $7,894


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT: up to $1,500. All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships:

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To contact the Financial Aid office, email [email protected] with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

Financial Aid FAQs


Anatomy pre-requisite is required for this program. 

2.5 GPA is required. 

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU students.

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2023
Heather Gulgin
Program Director

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