Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Dominican Republic


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Program Location: Santiago and Santo Domingo
Duration: Fall or Spring
Program Dates:

Santiago Liberal Arts

Santiago Service Learning
Santo Domingo

It is recommended to wait to book flights until the program has issued specific arrival information.

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Program Overview:

Santiago Liberal Arts

This 16-week semester includes an orientation, 15 weeks of language and area studies and an evaluation/exam period. Students are required to take two language courses as well as 2-3 electives, chosen from either specialized courses for foreigners or direct enrollment with Dominican students. The program also includes an extensive agenda of educational excursions and chances to engage or volunteer with the local community. Courses are hosted at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Meastra (PUCMM); subjects include economics, sociology, and international relations, among others.

Santo Domingo Internship Program

The Santo Domingo program is geared towards advanced studies of the Dominican Republic, the Caribbean, and the Spanish language. Students have the opportunity to enroll in courses at three different Dominican universities, specially hosted by the Facultad Latinamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLASCO), a prestigious faculty consortium. In addition, students may work in a supervised internship with a local grassroots development organization and produce a final academic project.

Santiago Service Learning Program

The Service Learning Program is designed for students with an interest in Latin America and experience with service-oriented and volunteer projects. Research courses, language study and practicum service work are integrated and specially designed for study abroad students, culminating in a final capstone project.

Clark Credit

Participating students receive four units per semester (16 credits), provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, final papers are submitted. Students participating in the language and culture program in Santiago are required to take two language courses as well as 2-3 electives, chosen from either specialized courses designed for study abroad students or direct enrollment in PUCMM classes. For the internship program in Santo Domingo, students will work in a supervised internship with a local grassroots organization, and produce a final project. The service learning program includes courses and service work which are specially designed and integrated, leading to a final capstone project. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure credit transferability of credit.


All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements. Students must also be prepared to fulfill the CIEE study abroad program eligiblity requirements in the Santiago Liberal Arts, Santiago Service Learning, or Santo Domingo Liberal Arts, Dominican Republic programs. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to CIEE. You will be billed a one-time $1000 study abroad fee which will appear on your tuition bill. You will be billed by CIEE directly for your housing, and you will need to provide for your own meals (i.e. cooking or purchasing meals) if not included. Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees while in the Dominican Republic for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional costs per semester for 2016-17

  • Housing and meals with host family - $2250
  • *Personal Expenses - $1,200
  • Airfare (based on US East Coast departure) - $500
  • Visa fee - $200
  • Books and Supplies - $175
  • Local transportation - $200
  • Potential Travel to Consulate for Visa - $500
  • Insurance $118
  • Study Abroad/Away Admin. Fee - $1000

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change.

*Personal expenses are based on student feedback, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.

Application Deadlines

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Fall semester application deadline - February 15
  • Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Important Information

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 508.793.7363.

Any information on this page is subject to change.