The coast of Domanican Republic

Santiago, Dominican Republic: 

OPTION 1 (academic): In Santiago, you’ll immerse yourself in Dominican life both on and off campus, through a combination of intensive coursework, homestays, volunteer opportunities, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions. From coursework in language, politics, regional literature, and art, to rural work retreats, study abroad in the Dominican Republic offers you the unique opportunity to not only learn about the country’s society and culture, but become a participant in them.

OPTION 2 (service learning): The Dominican Republic provides you with the analytical tools to engage in participatory service, and the skills to process and reflect upon your experiences and actions. Through a combination of coursework, field work, internships, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, studying abroad with the competitive service learning track in Santiago offers you a uniquely challenging, immersive, and rewarding intercultural experience.


There is a mandatory set of pre-departure orientations at LVC for all students planning to participate in the program. 


Watch Calyn Lutz's snapchat story from her study abroad semester in the Dominican Republic!




Program Details

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in private homes, where only Spanish is spoken. Host families are responsible for providing student meals. 


  • LVC tuition and fees* 
  • LVC room and board costs 

Travel and personal expenses are NOT included in these fees. Fees subject to change. 


Fall semester 

  • Applications should be received by March 15.
  • $25 deposit is due with application.* 
  • Accepted students owe $475 program deposit.* 
  • Packet of forms is due April 15.
  • Fall semester: Late August - mid December 

Spring semester 

  • Applications should be received by October 15. 
  • $25 deposit is due with application.* 
  • Accepted students owe $475 program deposit.* 
  • Packet of forms is due November 15. 
  • Spring semester: Early January - early May 

*The $500 program deposit will be credited to the student's account in the Business Office for the start of the off-campus semester. The $500 deposit will be forfeited on student withdrawal from the program. 

Language of Instruction


Eligibility Requirements

Students from any major who are in good social and academic standing (2.75 GPA) and have completed coursework in Spanish at the intermediate-level and one advanced level course. 

Group Excursions

Enjoy an extensive agenda of day-long and extended excursions throughout the country including visits to agricultural and industrial projects; a Dominican tobacco company; the Valley of Constanza, high in the central mountains; and the Samaná Peninsula.