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Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
Within the context of Caribbean Studies, students may take courses in anthropology, history, Latin American studies, literature, philosophy, politics, psychology, religion, sociology, and Spanish.

Host Institutions
Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Instituto Filosófico Pedro Francisco Bono (El Bono)
Instituto Tcnologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC)


Program Dates
Fall semester: late July to early December. Spring semester: early January to early May.

Faculty Liaison
April Mayes

CIEE: Liberal Arts - Caribbean Studies track

Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic, and is located on the southern coast of this island nation.  It has a bustling population of two million people, and is the economic and political center of the country.  The city, often called the "First City of the New World," is steeped in historical significance.  There are numerous plazas and churches throughout the colonial district, which give a distinct flavor to the city.  The city is divided by the Rio Ozama, and is close to many beaches.  Santo Domingo hosts the annual Latin American book fair, an international merengue music festival, Latin American movie festivals, and biennial art exhibitions.

The CIEE Liberal Arts Program is hosted by the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO).  FLACSO-Dominican Republic is linked to other research teaching centers throughout Latin America and was founded by UNESCO.  FLACSO offers seminar courses for the CIEE program, and students also may enroll in regular courses at local universities.

Academic Program

Pomona students are required to enroll in the Caribbean Studies track. Students will enroll in a total of five courses for the semester, including Social and Ethnocultural Identity of the Contemporary Caribbean and a Spanish language course. The remaining three elective courses should be taken at one of the local universities: El Bono or INTEC.

The selection of university courses should be finalized in consultation with the CIEE Resident Director in Santo Domingo. University elective courses must focus on the Dominican Republic or the Caribbean region.

Students should plan a program that totals at least 16 semester credits (equal to 4.0 Pomona credits).

Students are not permitted to take any courses taught by the CIEE study center on a P/NC basis, however, students may take direct enrollment university courses on a P/NC basis.

The program also includes visits to historical and cultural sites of Santo Domingo and excursions to places of interest in the Dominican Republic.

Living Arrangements

 Students live and take their meals in homes in Dominican homestays located in middle-class neighborhoods.

Number of Students

CIEE enrolls approximately 20-40 students, selected from a national pool.


  • Completion of an upper-division Spanish course (100-level, or higher), or the equivalent. 
  • 8.25 GPA required.

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