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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description

Overview

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   Quick Facts

  • Take courses in Spanish language at the intermediate and advanced levels as well as courses instructed in Spanish on Latin American and Caribbean studies
  • Participate in the Bridging Cultures Program to help ease your transition into your study abroad experience
  • Spend a semester or full academic year in the vibrant and historic city of Santiago
  • Enjoy excursions to locations such as Damajagua Waterfalls, Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, Jarabacoa, etc.
  • Please note: students who do not place at the intermediate level of Spanish will have VERY limited course options

Location

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Location Details

Santiago (1,000,000) is the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, and the economic center of the fertile Cibao Valley. The Septentrional mountain range is visible from most points of the city, and the Yaque River flows through the city en route to the Atlantic Ocean, a mere one hour bus ride to the north. Santiago has a relaxed and refined atmosphere, as well as the most vibrant Carnival in the country. Whether strolling though the shopping district of Calle del Sol or dancing to the rhythms of merengue and bachata, Santiago abounds with Caribbean vibrance and is an ideal location for study abroad.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens may require a visa.* Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

Ranked the 2nd best university in the Dominican Republic by the annual QS World University Rankings, the Pontifical Catholic University "Madre y Maestra" (PUCMM) is one of the country's most respected universities. Founded in 1962 in Santiago by the Dominican Order of the Roman Catholic Church, the University began its teaching endeavors in the fields of Law, Education, and Philosophy with sixty students and fifteen professors. The University has grown considerably over the past four decades and now enrolls nearly 13,000 students at three different campuses pursuing coursework in disciplines ranging from the Natural and Social Sciences and Humanities to Business, Engineering, and Health Sciences. The University is fully accredited by the State Department of Higher Education, Science, and Technology (Secretaría de Estado de Educación Superior, Ciencia y Tecnología). Around 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students study at the main campus in Santiago. The University is, in its own words, an "institution committed to academic excellence and that has among its goals the objective search for truth, the transmission and increase of knowledge, and the integral development of the human person."

The campus encompasses 300 beautifully landscaped acres with 32 buildings including modern classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices, library, computer labs, student center, recreational facilities--including a swimming pool, the university chapel, and general administrative buildings. The campus atmosphere benefits from beautiful tropical vegetation and a lively university community. Both undergraduate and post graduate degrees are offered in the fields of medicine, engineering, business, social sciences, law, humanities, and education.

Course Disclaimer:

  • Course placement is often based on a placement test administered on-site
  • If placement exam indicates that the student is not at the intermediate Spanish level, course options will be very limited
  • There may be mandatory prerequisites for some courses offered
  • For a specific list of course prerequisites, please refer to the course listing/course descripts for this program on the ISA website


Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale
 

  PUCMM ASU
Course Levels PUCMM 100 & 200 level courses Lower division
PUCMM 300 & 400 level courses Upper division
Credit Click here to view the PUCMM credit & grade conversion scale
Grades

 

Service-Learning:
Students participating in an ISA semester academic program will work 5-10 hours per week at a local host organization while attending classes at Veritas University. The service-learning placement will begin 1-2 weeks after the first week of classes and end the week prior to final exams.

Service-learning participants must work with their ASU academic department to determine the posibility of earning credit for their placement.

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Housing

ISA DR - Building
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Program Housing

ISA Housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Dominican lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of the Dominican Republic. All housing options are either within a quick walking distance to the Pontifical Catholic University "Madre Y Maestra", or are conveniently located near public transit routes relative to the university. Travel times to the university vary but generally range between 15 and 30 minutes.

Homestays:
Each homestay has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to accommodate students' specific needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. The majority of the ISA host families do not speak English; however, some do. Students typically have their own individual bedroom. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included in the homestay option, laundry services are also provided once a week. 

Independent Housing:
Students may opt to secure housing independently. Students who select this option may receive a discount equal to the housing portion (room, board, and laundry) of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are solely responsible for researching, reserving, and paying for all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose. Students who pursue independent housing will be required to complete an Independent Housing Waiver with the Study Abroad Office. For more information, please contact your International Coordinator.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in the Dominican Republic, individuals with mobility disabilities will find that buildings and transportation are not widely accessible. Many streets and sidewalks are unpaved or not well maintained, individuals in wheelchairs or who have difficulty walking will face challenges.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in the Dominican Republic, public displays of affection between same-sex individuals can evoke stereotyping and comments from passersby.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in the Dominican Republic, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost Sheet or Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost Sheet or Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2020 10/15/2019
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Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.