Dominican Republic: Movement Science

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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  • Dominican Republic: Movement Science Photo
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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors

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 travel to Santo Domingo, a city with gorgeous architecture and a rich history. They will tour museums and enjoy local markets, and spend the night before heading to beach the next day. Students will also visit Jarabacoa, in the mountainous region, to enjoy horseback riding and waterfalls.  Students will also spend a night in Samana where they will take a boat trip, and enjoy the beaches.

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 9th - June 13, 2014 (5 weeks)


Where will I live?

Program participants will stay with host families.

Who is eligible to participate?

This program is open to students that have completed BMS 202, 208, or 250. A minimum GPA of 2.5 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.

The deadline for the 2014 program has passed. Applications for the 2015 program are not yet being accepted but will be due by February 1, 2015.

Non-GVSU Students: Visit for detailed information on how to apply.


What credits will I receive?

Students will register for a total of six (6) credits: 

MOV 300: Kinesiology (Anatomy pre-requisite is required)

3 credits


LAS 210: Exploration of Latin America (Fulfills World Perspectives Gen Ed requirement)

3 credits


How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $3,662

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Field trips and entrance fees
  • All ground transportation
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition ($2,742)
  • Personal expenses ($250)
  • Passport ($140)
  • ISIC (Optional) ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $6,822

Additional Program Cost Information

Cost Comparison for GVSU Cost of Attendance for Spring/Summer 2014, based on 1/2 Time Enrollment (In-State Undergraduate): $6,966

Financial Aid

Contact Nick Bromley in the Financial Aid Office at with questions. Include in the email your G-number and the name of your study abroad program. 

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.

Visit for additional information on grants and scholarships. 


Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director:

Heather Gulgin

Movement Science 

MAK B2-222




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