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CIEE-Santiago, Dominican Republic

Program Location Santiago, Dominican Republic
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31005
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 06/14/19 to 08/11/19

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CIEE-Santiago, Dominican Republic
Santiago is the second largest city.

The CIEE-Santiago Summer Community Health Program is designed for students with an interest in Spanish language, medicine, and the allied health professions in the context of underdevelopment and public health. 

This eight-week program consists of orientation, six weeks of language and healthcare courses, and a weeklong semi-rural clinical field rotation. Students also participate in an urban community service practicum in and around Santiago as part of the academic curriculum.

Santiago, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, lies in the north-central Ciaboa Valley, surrounded by mountains and just a ninety-minute drive from the Atlantic Ocean. Although a growing city of 700,000 people, Santiago retains many features of a small town, particularly its friendly residents.

Program participants will study at The Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) is a private, non-profit institution of higher education. Founded in 1962, PUCMM has been ranked by the Inter-American Development Bank as the best academic institution of higher learning in the Dominican Republic.  With a population of approximately 10,000 students, PUCMM offers the academic resources, support services, and physical facilities of a superior-level Latin American educational institution.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.


CIEE-Santiago, Dominican Republic
Study in Santiago and enjoy its beaches!

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture. 

Previous college-level coursework in public health recommended.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 4 Sem Spanish

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: HK, PSY & SLHS (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

The Community Public Health summer program is designed to provide students an introduction to basic healthcare issues in a Hispanic Caribbean context and to increase their Spanish language skills to the advanced level. This is achieved through advanced Spanish conversation and grammar classes, coursework focused on pre-professional healthcare issues, a community health practicum, and a homestay. There are also excursions throughout the island, an urban community service project, and a one-week stay in a semi-rural health clinic.

The summer program courses have been designed by PUCMM specifically for CIEE program students only. All coursework is conducted in Spanish. Students should be prepared for a style of teaching that is more formal, technical in style, may rely solely on lectures, and may emphasize memorization. Readings are typically assigned in class.

Students are required to take all three CIEE program courses, and attendance is obligatory.  Information about the course offerings are here.


Housing and meals are included in the program fee. Students live in Dominican private homes and meals are taken at the place of residence.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The program fee includes tuition, orientation, and excursions.

The housing fee includes accommodations and meals.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2019

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$7,058.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$550.00
Local Transportation$150.00
Books and Supplies$100.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$700.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information
CIEE-Santiago, Dominican Republic
Carnivals - join in the fun!

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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