OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Dominican Republic

OSU: Beavers Without Borders - Dominican Republic, International Service Learning

Program Administrator: 
OSU
Country: 
Dominican Republic
Host Institution: 

With logistical support from the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Location: 

Santo Domingo

Duration: 
Summer
Language: 
English
Language: 
Spanish
Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US Students
Housing: 
Host Family
Requirement: 
  • Sophomore standing or higher
  • Good academic standing
  • Approval by Athletics / not all applicants will be selected
Program Details: 

This June 15- 23, 2014, Athletics will embark on its fourth Beavers Without Borders International Service Learning program.

For 9 days, a group of 10 student athletes, OSU alumnus Ken Simonton and OSU Political Science Professor David Bernell will learn about the history and culture of the Dominican Republic and simultaneously help with the construction and renovation of batey housing in the region of Santo Domingo. 

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the complexities, cultural contexts and consequences of service projects in the Dominican Republic
  • Enhance interpersonal skills and practice of group dynamics
  • Give examples of how experience relates to learning
  • Provide examples of how one's own pre-conceived notion are challenged
  • Maneuver government travel regulations and navigate international airports

For more information, contact Marianne Vydra, Associate Director in Athletics, marianne.vydra@oregonstate.edu.

Program Costs: 

The overall estimated cost is $3,185 and includes:

$1,800 program fee (covers in-country orientation, homestay, most meals, entrance fees, service project arrangements and guidance)

$600 estimated airfare (group travel)

$295 estimated travel preparation (passport, visa, immunizations, health insurance)

$191 1 credit summer tuition

$250 Books and miscellaneous

Tentative Deadlines:

  • Participant Deposit Required:  Apr. 1
  • Participant full payment Required:  May 15

SAS: Semester At Sea

Program Administrator: 
Semester at Sea
Country: 
Multiple Countries
Host Institution: 

Semester at Sea is a pioneer and leader in global, comparative education—a form of international study that focuses on surveying the world's peoples, patterns, cultures, and traditions. Global, comparative education is the element that distinguishes Semester at Sea from other study abroad programs. Operating a traveling shipboard campus allows diverse learning communities to live and learn in close quarters as they travel the world, and SAS provides opportunities for intensive engagement, reflection, interaction, and exchange that simply aren't available with other programs. Field-based, experiential learning is a vital component of Semester at Sea. The ship becomes a campus where participants study in a traditional setting, while the world is transformed into an academic laboratory where students earn 20% of their grade. Field Labs are designed and led by a faculty member who has expertise in a particular culture, location, or subject matter. These in-port labs enhance and explore course content. SAS directed trips are led by staff or faculty. May be recommended by a faculty member as an excellent complement to a student's syllabus. Independent Practica are opportunities for a participant to conduct independent research. Requires faculty approval to count as fulfillment of field requirement.

Click here for a presentation from an OSU Student who participated in this program.

Location: 

Classes and residences are on board the MV Explorer, a 590-foot ship made into a floating campus. There are seven decks, student residences, dining halls, a library, recreational facilities, and more. Check out the Semester at Sea website for more information! There are voyages summer, fall, and spring with different routes around the world. The destinations vary slightly every year. While in port, students have the choice to stay in country or on the ship.

Duration: 
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Language: 
English
Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with US and International Students
Housing: 
Other
Requirement: 

Minimum 2.75 GPA, Consistent full time student status where one full term has been completed, 300-500 word essay.
See the Semester at Sea Application Checklist for more information on application requirements.

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Details: 

Please see the Semester at Sea website for more information.
See the SAS video to learn more about the program.

Program Costs: 

Please see the Semester at Sea website for program cost details
$350 per term OSU Education Abroad Administration Fee

Academic emphasis: 
American Studies
Anthropology
Applied Visual Arts
Art
Biology
Business Admin.
Civil Eng.
Earth Science
Economics
English
Environ. Science
Ethnic Studies
Fisheries & Wildlife
General Science
Geography
History
Housing Studies
Interior Design
Int'l Business
Liberal Studies
Management
Marketing
Music
Natural Resources
New Media Comm.
Philosophy
Political Science
Public Health
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish
Speech Comm.
Women Studies

CIEE: Santiago, Dominican Republic

Program Administrator: 
CIEE
Country: 
Dominican Republic
Host Institution: 

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

Location: 

Santiago de los Caballeros, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, is surrounded by mountains. Known as La Ciudad Corazón (City of the Heart), Santiago is the commercial and cultural center of the fertile Cibao Valley region. Although it is a growing city with a population exceeding 700,000, Santiago retains many features of a small town, and Santiaguero hospitality is known far and wide.

Need help selecting a program in the Dominican Republic?  Click here.

Duration: 
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Summer
Language: 
Spanish
Class Format: 
Classes with US and Host-Country Students
Housing: 
Host Family
Requirement: 

Four semesters college-level Spanish and intermediate Spanish proficiency
2.75 minimum GPA

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Costs: 
Academic emphasis: 
Anthropology
Economics
History
Political Science
Public Health
Sociology
Spanish
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies

CIEE: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Program Administrator: 
CIEE
Country: 
Dominican Republic
Host Institution: 

Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO-Dominican Republic)

Location: 

Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, is located on the southern coast of the island. It has a population of two million and is considered to be the main 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.

Need help selecting a program in the Dominican Republic?  Click here.

Duration: 
Fall term
Winter/Spring Semester
Academic year
Language: 
Spanish
Class Format: 
Classes Primarily with Host-Country Students
Housing: 
Host Family
Requirement: 

Five semesters college-level Spanish
2.75 minimum GPA

Mandatory Application Checklist: 
Program Costs: 

Visit the CIEE website

Academic emphasis: 
Anthropology
Economics
English
Environ. Econ. Policy
Exercise & Sport Sci.
History
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish