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Dominican Republic: Spanish
*Please note: The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2022. Details below are subject to change.
SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - This program offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world while living in the oldest European settlement in the Americas. Santo Domingo is at once a bustling urban center and a relic of the Spanish Caribbean colonial past. Students will experience the rich Dominican culture through excursions to the coastal village of Samaná, in the humpback whale breeding ground of Samaná Bay; Los Haitises National Park, renowned for some of the richest biodiversity in the Caribbean; Santiago de los Caballeros, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic and the economic center of the fertile Cibao Valley; and the gorgeous beaches of Guayacanes, in the east coast, and Sosúa-Cabarete in the north. Cultural activities include dance lessons, museums, archeological sites, and more.
- Expand knowledge of Spanish Language and Culture
- Participate in service-learning opportunity with a local organization
- Excursions include Samaná, Santiago de los Caballeros, Playa Guayacanes, Sosúa-Cabarete, and more
- Activities include dance lessons, visits to museums, and archaeological sites
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The next application period opens August 1, 2021
Program Dates and Application Deadline
Estimated Program Dates: June 2022 - July 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022 (Opens August 1, 2021)
Students will register for a total of 6 credits:
SPA 312: Latin American Civilization and Culture II (3 credits) AND
SPA 308: Spanish Phonetics (3 credits)
Independent studies credits are available for this program.
*Fulfills Spanish major requirements, and General Education Global Perspectives requirements.
Fulfills (1) General Education Issues requirement. Reflection required.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Program participants will stay with host families.
Cost and Scholarships
2020 PROGRAM COSTS:
Program Fee: $3,739
- Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
- Most meals
- Field trips and entrance fees
- All ground transportation
- GVSU Tuition - 6 credits ($3,396)
- Passport ($150)
- Personal expenses ($300)
- Additional meals ($350)
- ISIC card - optional ($28)
TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $7,856
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: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/10186
Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.
To contact the Financial Aid office, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Excursions include Samaná, Santiago de los Caballeros, Playa Guayacanes, Sosúa-Cabarete, and more.
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