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UF in the Dominican Republic - Language, Culture, and Service Learning
Santiago, Dominican Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Budget Sheets Summer A
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Graduate, Undergraduate
Minimum GPA:
Program Advisor: Leslie Johnson
Type of Credit:
Open to non-UF students:
Yes Program Type: Service Learning, UF Sponsored
Liberal Arts and Sciences Field of Study: Cultural Studies, Foreign Language Studies
Program Description:

UF in the Dominican Republic 

Language, Culture, and Service Learning
Summer A 2018: May 12-June 23

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Do you have a heart for service? Are you ready for a challenge?

About the Program

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies invites you to participate in an intensive experience that will expand your linguistic and cultural fluency through service work, homestays, and intensive language or cultural study. Service learning gives you the opportunity to learn about yourself and the community. Service placements are based on community need, student interest, and Spanish language level. There are opportunities to do literacy work, for recreation with children and youth, and to shadow doctors in medical clinics. UF in the DR is organized in conjunction with International Studies Abroad (ISA).

Check out this video of the 2016 program!

About the Location

Santiago de los Caballeros, in the mountains of the northern Cibao region, is the second largest city in the DR and the country's cultural center. Santiago's one million inhabitants are famous for Carnaval, merengue, their role in the country's history and their agricultural economy. 


  • Santo Domingo, the history-filled capital of the Dominican Republic and the first city in the New World established by Europeans. We will spend two days exploring the city.
  • 27 Charcos: The Damajagua River cuts through the tropical forest and has eroded the limestone bedrock to form 27 pristine waterfalls. A destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • One-day excursion to the Casa Museo de las Hermanas Mirabal, where we will learn about Dominican resistance to the Trujillo dictatorship. We will then visit the Reserva Cientifica Loma Quita Espuelas, to see sustainable management of primal forest and go for a dip in the waterfall.
  • You will also visit:
    • the Alta Gracia Apparel factory that makes fair trade college gear for US universities
    • the Fábrica de Muñecas sin Rostro, where they make the famous symbols of Dominican ethnicity
    • the Centro León in Santiago, a local world-class arts center
    • Las Cuevas de Pomier in San Cristobal, where we’ll explore a cave with 5,000 pre-Colombian drawings
    • the workshop of an artisan who makes masks and costumes for the annual Carnaval

Expand your linguistic and cultural fluency by living with families, doing service work in the community, reflecting on your experiences, and intensive language study.

Understand the history, culture, and social issues of the DR

Give back to the community through service work


  • Service learning through community service. Click here to view reflection from past students.
  • SPN 2271: One whole year of Intermediate Spanish in only six weeks. Successful completion fulfills the pre-requisite for SPN 2240, the first course that counts toward a major or minor in Spanish. Accelerated Intermediate Spanish is only offered on this program, not on the UF campus.
  • SPN 3930/LAS3930: Cultura Dominicana: a chance to learn about the history, the economy, the art, literature, popular culture and music through study, dialogue with local experts, and visits to local cultural sites.

Course Information

Required Course:

  • SPN 3948/LAS 3930: Spanish Service Learning (3 UF GPA credit hours)
Choose One:
  • SPN  2271: Accelerated Intermediate Spanish (3 UF GPA credit hours). Prerequisite: One year of college Spanish (SPN 1131), equivalent test score, or permission of program director
  • SPN 3930/LAS3930: Cultura Dominicana (3 UF GPA credit hours) Prerequisite: Completion of SPN 3300 or SPN 3350
Total number of credits offered: 6
Taught by UF Faculty for UF GPA Credit


  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Students from any major may apply
  • Students in good standing


You will be housed with local Dominican families in neighborhoods near the largest university in Santiago.

Financial Aid

Most financial aid that you would receive on campus during the summer can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program; however, all financial aid eligibility is determined by Student Financial Affairs. You must speak with your financial aid advisor to determine what aid can be applied to the cost of this study abroad program, including scholarships.

2018 Pricing

2018 Undergraduate Program Fee: $4,896

A $350 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application. The remaining fees are due no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you receive financial aid, you can defer payments until it disburses. Deferment decisions will be based on the amount of aid to be received. 

What's Included:

Tutition for 6 UF GPA credits, transportation to and from Santiago airport, on-site orientation, group welcome and farewell dinners, 36 hours of service-learning in the community, homestays that include three meals daily and laundry weekly, excursions and other local outings, guided tours and entrance fees, international health insurance, and emergency medical assistance. 

What's Not Included:

Round-trip airfare, additional personal travel, and personal expenses.

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Leslie Johnson

Faculty Program Directors                         
Kathy Navajas                                            Paula Fernández-Hernández


This program is currently not accepting applications.