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CIEE: Santiago, Dominican Republic (Third Party)

The Program

This program is designed for students with two-years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent and an interest in Caribbean area studies.

The Academics

The CIEE Study Center at PUCMM, established in 1987, has a dual focus that enables students to achieve advanced

Spanish language skills while studying various aspects of the Hispanic Caribbean Basin area. The program is designed for students who have taken two years of college-level Spanish and require training in advanced conversation and grammar.

All participants must take a minimum of five courses during the semester. Students take a required language course, the CIEE core course, and two or three Caribbean or Latin American area studies courses, ESL, or community service. At the start of the semester, all CIEE students are tested to ascertain their oral and written Spanish level. Students are then placed in one of three distinct academic tracks (Level I, II, or III) according to their language proficiency, each with a different configuration of both required and elective courses available.

Academic year students have an approximately three-week break between the first and second semester. Those with strong motivation, independence, and a high level of Spanish may choose to continue for a second semester at the CIEE Study Center in Santo Domingo.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
EDCI 4099 Independent Study DE PUCMM-ING 381 T + DE PUCMM-ING 381 P English as a Second Language: Teacher Training Methodology + Practice Methodology 3 6/30/2017
LLCS 1193 Foreign Study CLST 3001 DRAS Seminar on Living and Learning in Santiago 2 6/30/2017
LLCS 3293 Foreign Study LAC-387 Culture and Society of the Hispanic Caribbean 3 6/30/2017
LLCS 3293 Foreign Study LAST 3003 DRAS Contemporary Dominican Rep: Political & Socioeconomic Proc. 3 6/30/2017
All Spanish language courses to be accredited on an individual basis

The Experience

Santiago de los Caballeros, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, is surrounded by mountains, and just a 90-minute drive from the Atlantic coast. Known as la Ciudad Corazón, Santiago is the commercial and cultural center of the fertile Cibao Valley region. Although it is a growing city with a population exceeding 700,000, Santiago still retains many features of a small town, in particular, friendly people.

Founded by noblemen of Columbus’s early expeditions, the city has a rich historic and cultural tradition, including the creation of the commercially popular merengue music. Like most Dominican cities, Santiago boasts a diversity of lifestyles. Street vendors walk through residential neighborhoods carrying fruits, vegetables, and other goods in large baskets on their heads. Other merchants ride donkeys loaded with baskets of goods and announce their wares in a nearly musical chant.

Click here for information on applying to a CIEE program.


Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Social Sciences, Humanities
Language of instruction: Spanish Prior language study required: 4 semesters
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.5