Dominican Republic: Movement Science (2020 Program)

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors

Please note - This program will next be offered in Spring/Summer 2020


Santiago, Dominican Republic — 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.

When can I go?

May 5 - June 9, 2017 (5 Weeks)

Where will I live?

Students will stay host families in Santo Domingo.  

Who is eligible to participate?

2.5 GPA is required. 

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

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

** 2019 Program application will open late summer 2018 **

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2019 Program): February 1, 2019

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

What credits will I receive?

Students will register for a total of 6 credits:

MOV 300: Kinesiology* (3 credits)  

LAS 210: Exploration of Latin America** (3 credits)

*Anatomy pre-requisite is required

**Fulfills World Perspectives General Education requirement 

Language of instruction: English

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $3,393

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Field trips and entrance fees
  • All ground transportation
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition - 6 credits ($3,036)
  • Passport ($140)
  • Personal expenses ($250)
  • ISIC card - optional ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $6,847

Financial Aid

To contact the Financial Aid office, email 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


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:

Visit for additional information on grants and scholarships.

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director:

Heather Gulgin
Movement Science Department
B-2-222 Mackinac Hall

All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.