This IU-administered summer program is led by faculty from our Spanish and Portuguese department. Students enroll in two Spanish content courses, with instruction provided by IU faculty members, including Erik Willis. Along with experiencing the large, provincial city of Santiago, you can engage with local culture through volunteering, a homestay (with meals) with a Dominican family, and cultural excursions. These include a 3-day class trip to Bayahibe, a resort town known for its beaches and dive sites. Classes are conducted at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Madre y Maestra, with local arrangements facilitated by CIEE.
This program provides 6 IU credit hours that are the equivalent of our gateway courses, S324 and S326, and can enroll 18-24 IU Bloomington students. To be eligible, you must be in at least your second full-time semester of college and have taken or are enrolled in fifth semester college-level Spanish with a B average.
The cost of $4,500 includes room and board, tuition, fees, health insurance in the Dominican Republic, and most excursions. Students are responsible for roundtrip airfare. Homestays and in-country support (medical and safety) are provided by Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). All host families have extensive experience with foreign students.