Take a unique look into the state of healthcare in the Hispanic Caribbean on this Summer program in the Dominican Republic! We work with one of the most reputable study abroad providers in the country, CIEE. Combining traditional classroom instruction with homestays and field work in both urban and semi-rural communities, you will explore the challenges confronting developing countries. The program is designed for students with an interest in Spanish language and medicine as they relate to underdevelopment and public health. This program examines a range of pre-professional healthcare issues and provides students with the opportunity to engage with local patients and medical staff through a health practicum and clinical rotation.
Study abroad in the Dominican Republic and you will:
Improve your Spanish language skills through a homestay with a local family
Examine a range of pre-professional healthcare issues
Engage with local patients and medical staff through a health practicum and clinical rotation Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline
Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline.
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing by program start date
Minimum 2.5 GPA
Good academic standing
College-level coursework in public health recommended
Minimum four semesters college-level Spanish, fulfilled by one of the following or equivalent:
Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only
Students will enroll in three courses, earning 10 credits total over the seven-week program. For detailed syllabi, click on the links below:
Pre-Professional Healthcare Issues (4 credits)
Community Health Practicum (3 credits)
Advanced Spanish Conversation and Grammar (3 credits)
This seven-week program consists of six weeks of language and healthcare courses and a week-long semi-rural clinical field rotation. Students also participate in an urban community service practicum in an underserved area in Santiago as part of the academic curriculum. All instruction is in Spanish.
LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need and may only be applied to one program per spring/summer period.
The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).
Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.
Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.
Passport and Visa
Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.
When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.
For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.
Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.
Housing and meals are included in the program fee. Study abroad students live in Dominican private homes and meals are eaten at the place of residence. Most families live within walking distance of the University. CIEE works closely with host families to give students the opportunity to become immersed in Dominican society. Students and their families are asked to speak Spanish only. Living in private homes is considered the best housing arrangement in Santiago because of its practicality and its contribution to the program’s objectives.
Students live in a semi-rural clinic for up to one week, where they are paired with local medical staff. Prior to their stay at the clinic, CIEE staff take students to shop for food for the week. Some students may prefer to eat at local eateries or arrange to have meals prepared for a nominal fee. Refer to this link for more information.
CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:
Note:The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.