Dominican Republic: Language, Culture & Society

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

  • Dominican Republic: Language, Culture & Society Photo
  • Dominican Republic: Language, Culture & Society Photo
  • Dominican Republic: Language, Culture & Society Photo

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors

Santiago, Dominican Republic — The main objective of the program is to offer students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the language and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will live in Santiago, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic with almost one million people. In addition to the two academic courses, the students will participate in a service-learning opportunity at a local community organization.

The students will also experience the rich Dominican culture through excursions to Santo Domingo, the first city in the New World established by European explorers; the mountain community of Jarabacoa, famous throughout the country as a center for the nature adventure traveler; the coastal village of Samaná, in the northeastern region; and Los Haitises National Park, renowned for some of the richest biodiversity in the Caribbean. Other cultural activities include group dance lessons, visits to museums, craft factories, and more.


Cultural Information

When can I go?

June 18 - July 30, 2015 (6 weeks)

Where will I live?

Students will stay with host families in Santiago and in hotels during excursions.

Who is eligible to participate?

This program is open to all majors, but does require a “C” or better in SPA 322 and a minimum 2.5 GPA. 

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2015 Program): 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 6 credits: 

SPA 312: Latin American Civilization and Culture II (3 credits) 

SPA 300: Reading and Telling Stories (3 credits)

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $4,216

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Most meals
  • Field trips and entrance fees
  • All ground transportation
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition ($2,742)
  • Additional meals ($350)
  • Personal expenses ($300)
  • Passport ($140)
  • ISIC card (Optional) ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $7,776

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:

Medar Serrata
Modern Languages and Literature 

B-2-247 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.