Caribbean Culture & Spanish Language

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra
Santiago, Dominican Republic

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Caribbean Culture & Spanish Language

  • Location


  • Host University

    Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

    Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), the country's second best university per the QS World University ratings, enrolls around 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students at the Santiago campus. The PUCMM values academic excellence and features 300 beautifully landscaped acres with 32 buildings including modern classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices, library, computer labs, student center, recreational facilities--including an outdoor swimming pool and a walking/running track that circles the university. The Español para Extranjeros program has accepted international students to study Spanish language and Latin American culture in the Dominican Republic for more than fifteen years. ISA students take culture courses in English, courses in Spanish with locals or Spanish language courses.

  • Term

    Summer 1 2022

  • Program Dates

    May 31, 2022 - Jul 08, 2022

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Mar 25, 2022

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Apr 10, 2022

  • Credit

    90 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Study Abroad Program Description

Get credit toward your Spanish major or minor, learn about Caribbean culture or improve your Spanish proficiency by taking Caribbean culture courses in English or Spanish with Dominicans or studying Spanish language.

Spanish language courses are available at the intermediate and advanced Spanish language levels. Courses in English are available in areas such as development and international relations. You will complete an on-site placement exam to take courses at the intermediate and advanced Spanish language level. All courses are taught by host university faculty at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra.

Service-Learning in Santiago
In addition to your academic courses, Study + Service-Learning programs allow you to serve alongside a local organization and engage in reflective assignments. Service-learning will develop your intercultural competency skills and increase your understanding of social issues in your host community. Visit the ISA Service-Learning website to see placement opportunities in Santiago and for more information about how to receive academic credit.


Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



Contact Hours


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information

  • Course Selection
    • Students will take two courses for a total of 6 recommended U.S. semester credits (9 recommended U.S. quarter credits).
    • The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university.
    • Beginning level Spanish students must take the two culture electives taught in English as Beginning Spanish is not available.
    • Course availability and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
    • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Dominican Republic Program Manager.
  • Course Credit
    • Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy, students must maintain full-time enrollment status as determined by their home institutions for the duration of the program.
    • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student's home university.
  • Language Placement
    • All students must take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival in Santiago. Language level will be determined by the on-site placement exam administered by the PUCMM.
    • Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university.
  • Transcripts
    • Upon program completion, students will receive an official transcript issued by Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM). Transcripts will reflect PUCMM credits for all courses taken. The contact hours will not be reflected on the transcript but are listed below to assist with credit transfer. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.


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45 Contact Hours
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Michelle McRaney

Program Manager, Dominican Republic


Eliesset Sepúlveda

Resident Director, Dominican Republic

Funding Your ISA Program

Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too.  The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.

Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your program.

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.

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Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Dominican lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to the Dominican Republic. With an open-mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


Host families are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and laundry service once a week. While students typically have their own room, you might share a room with another ISA student of the same gender.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



Jarabacoa * Optional

Enjoy the temperate climate of the Central Mountain Range and visit Baiguate waterfalls, a coffee plantation and go horseback riding.

La Romana

Marvel at the artist community Altos de Chavón, observe picture writing by the Taíno indigenous group at the Cave of Wonders, and unwind on the white sand of Isla Saona, known for its clear blue waters inhabited by starfish.

Puerto Plata

Visit Puerto Plata and the 16th century Fort of San Felipe, relax at Cabarete beach and ride the cable car to the Isabel de Torres Peak for a panoramic view of the city.

Santo Domingo

Wander down the cobblestone streets of the country's capital, which was the first city in the New World established by European explorers in 1496. Notable pitstops include Catedral Basilica Menor de Santa Maria, Columbus Park, Museum of the Royal Houses, Columbus’ Fortress and the National Pantheon.

Cultural Activities in Santiago

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Santiago. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Santiago special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included dance classes (bachata, merengue, salsa), Concho city tour, learning about Dominican identity and Dominican-Haitian relations, visits to the Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes Museum and to the Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración.


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