CIEE-Santiago: Liberal Arts

Program Details

Program Location Santiago, Dominican Republic
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31005
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 08/26/24 to 12/13/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 01/02/24 to 04/19/24
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


CIEE-Santiago: Liberal Arts

Miles of white sand beaches await you!

The Liberal Arts Santiago program is designed for students with two-years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent and an interest in Caribbean area studies.  It is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), a 200-university academic consortium. Purdue University has been a member of CIEE since 1972.

Raise your strong Spanish language skills to new heights while immersing yourself in the developing Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic. Along with Spanish language classes, learn about the evolution of society, culture, economics, and politics of Hispaniola and the greater Hispanic Caribbean through liberal arts courses, in Spanish. Courses are taken at CIEE Santiago and their partner school Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), a private university of 10,000 students. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

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. 

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


CIEE-Santiago: Liberal Arts

A view of the capital city of Santiago

The program is open to any Purdue undergraduate student who has reached sophomore standing (completed two full semesters of university) by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

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, PUBH, & 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

Along with Spanish language classes, students learn about the evolution of society, culture, economics, and politics of Hispaniola and the greater Hispanic Caribbean through liberal arts courses at CIEE and Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM).

Results from a Spanish language proficiency exam at the beginning of the program place students into one of three advanced language levels, and determine which required language course and electives they may take. Students in the two most-advanced levels may take a selection of direct enroll classes at PUCMM (pre-requisites apply). All students sign off on the CIEE Community Language Commitment, agreeing to speak only Spanish to foster language proficiency and understanding of Dominican society.

All courses are taught in Spanish.

For more course information, please see the CIEE website.


The program will include excursions and cultural activities. While these vary, examples of previous offerings are below:

  • Take a break from Santiago with trips to Rio Blanco, Constanza or Rio Limpio for one weekend of work and play in the rural Dominican Republic.
  • Day trips include visits to the Capital and Zona Colonial; the Hermanas Mirabal Museum in Salcedo; La Vega during Carnaval season; or the market town of Dajabón, the principal commercial and economic development zone on the Haitian-Dominican border.
  • Field trips are part of many academic classes. You might visit agricultural and industrial projects, free trade zones, museums, clinics, schools, and nonprofits.
  • Take your pick of nonstop activities offered weekly – volunteering, day trips, class trips, helping with PUCMM events like health promotions and educational fairs, and more.


Living with a Dominican family is your ticket to immersion into every day Santiago life. Your Spanish-speaking host family provides housing and three meals a day. Families are middle to upper class.  All homestays are within walking distance of campus.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

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 and Housing Fees include: Tuition, on-site orientation, housing, and excursions. Please note: The housing costs listed below include all meals.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $11,006.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $2,750.00
Insurance $194.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $425.00
Local Transportation $30.00
Visa $75.00
Books and Supplies $25.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $220.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

CIEE has scholarships available, more information can be found HERE.

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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online 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 Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

CIEE-Santiago: Liberal Arts

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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