LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
A GVSU FACULTY-LED STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM
SPRING SEMESTER 2013
SPRING SEMESTER 2013
OPEN TO ALL MAJORS
|The Cathedral of Santo Domingo, the first in the Americas|
|Students in Santiago de los Caballeros|
TELL ME ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
The main objective of the program is to offer students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the language and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will live in Santiago, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic with almost one million people. In addition to the two rigorous academic courses, the students will participate in a service-learning opportunity at a local community organization. They will also experience the rich Dominican culture through excursions to Santo Domingo, a city with gorgeous architecture and a rich history; La Romana, home the vibrant artist community Altos de Chavón; Bayahibe, a fishing village with white sand beaches; and Saona Island, part of the Parque Nacional del Este. Other cultural activities include group dance lessons, visits to museums, craft factories, a Haitian market, and more.
The tentative dates for this program are June 29 to August 6, 2013.
WHERE WILL I LIVE?
Program participants will stay with host families while in Santiago and
in hotels during excursions.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?
This program is open to all majors but does require a “C” or better in SPA 322 and a minimum 2.5 GPA.
A complete application must be submitted to the Padnos International Center by February 1, 2013.
GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students.
WHAT CREDITS WILL I RECEIVE?
Students will register for a total of 6 credits:
• SPA 332: Survey of Spanish American Literature Three Credits.
• SPA 312: Latin American Civilization and Culture II Three credits.
HOW MUCH DOES THIS PROGRAM COST?
The approximate fee for this program is $3,800*.
Program Fee Includes:
• Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
• Field trips and entrance fees
• All ground transportation
• GVSU Tuition ($2,646)
• Personal expenses ($300)
• Passport ($140)
• ISIC card ($28)
• Additional meals ($350)
• Visa ($10)
Total Projected Cost: $3,800 (program fee) + $3,474 (additional costs) = $7,274*
*Fee subject to adjustments based on actual exchange rates and international airfare.
FINANCIAL AID AND GRANTS
Participants earning at least six (6) credits during the spring/summer semesters can apply their GVSU financial aid award toward study abroad program costs. Grants are available for faculty-led participants. Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad . All degree-seeking students accepted into a GVSU faculty-led program are automatically considered for the grant if they have a current FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid Office. No application required.
Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid office for details on applying financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs.
To apply for this program, log on to www.gvsu.edu/oasis to begin your online application. Completed applications must be submitted by February 1, 2013.
WHO CAN TELL ME MORE?
Prof. Médar Serrata,
Modern Languages and Literature