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  • Locations: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: African Studies, Anthropology, General Studies, History, Humanities, International Economics, International Studies, Political Science, Social Sciences, Sociology
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program
Program Description:

Global Leadership and Diversity Identities in Santo Domingo

The bonds you make with people on the trip are the best. I am glad I got to experience this with other SDSU students. 
- Tiyana D., Summer 2016 

Summer 2018 - Application opens in early 2018. Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Dates Abroad: arrive on Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) - depart on Monday, June 11, 2018
Course Dates: TBA
Price: TBA

Summer 2017 - Application Closed
Dates Abroad: May 29-June 12, 2017
Course Dates: May 29-June 12, 2017
Price: $2,217


This course introduces participants to concepts of global leadership, social justice identity, diversity and inclusion through experiential learning. The group examines the history, culture, politics, economics, education, and the arts in the Dominican Republic, with particular emphasis on the West African impact on Dominican culture. Through the lens of diversity inclusion and social justice, the intersections of class, race, gender and Afro-Latino identity are also explored.


Video created by SDSU student Akari Adisa  (Summer 2017)

Video created by SDSU student Brian Levett  (Summer 2015)


Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, is located on the southern coast of the island. With a population of two million, it is considered to be the main economic and political center of the country. It is a city of contrasts, where one can observe rapid economic growth and challenges to human development. 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. Santo Domingo is divided by a river, the Río Ozama, and is close to many beaches.


All participants are required to register in the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” course.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies. 
  • GEN S 350: Global Leadership and Diversity Identities (1 unit of SDSU resident credit)
HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirementsOtherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.  


Dr. Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University 


More information coming soon.

ACTIVITIES (in Summer 2017. Tentative for Summer 2018)
  • Two guest lecturers related to:
    • Dominican-Haitian Relations
  • Eleven (11) Co-curricular/community engagement activities including:
    • Guided Tour of Colonial Zone: Parque Colón, Catedral, Ozama Fort; Alcázar de Colón
    • Exchange with Dominican students from English Immersion program.
      • Social mixer which may include dance class or joint service project
    • Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana including guide, and all admission fees
    • International Justice Mission
    • Dance Workshop: Bachata, Merengue, Salsa
    • Grupo Bonye (live music group) at the Ruins of San Francisco
    • US Embassy
    • Boca de Nigua, former colonial sugar mill complex
    • San Diego Padres
    • Community Engagement Activity – Su Futuro (TBD)
    • Batey Community Project
  • Two (2) full day excursions, including meals, transportation via private bus, guide and admission fees for the following:
    • Bonao
      • Fabrica Altagracia (free trade zone)
      • Rio Blanco Ecotourism Complex (Introduction to complex and coffee production; Short Hike on El Higo Nature Trail and Free Time at Río Blanco)
    • Samaná
      • “La Chorca”: St. Peter’s Evangelical Church
      • Walking tour in Barrio Wilmore
      • Visit Salto Limón
  • One (1) overnight excursion, including meals, transportation via private bus, for the following:
    • Playa Bayahibe
      • All-inclusive resort hotel stay
      • En route, a visit to Altos de Chavón or Casa de Campo (if possible)
      • Jewelry workshop


Payment Schedule: 
   $TBA   Deposit due with application to the SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) to reserve your spot in the program
   $TBA   Tuition due with course registration to CES between April 15-25
   $TBA   Program second payment due to CIEE (non-SDSU provider company) by May 1
   $TBA   Total Program Payment 

Included in the Program Fee (Summer 2017):
  • 1 Unit SDSU Tuition
  • Housing and meals (unless otherwise stated)
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Airport pickup and drop-off (during specified dates/times)
  • Excursions and activities
  • Transportation to/from site visits and excursions
  • Non-credit Intercultural Communication Training course
  • 24/7 emergency support throughout the duration of the program
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation insurance
Not Included in the Program Fee (Summer 2017):
  • Roundtrip travel* to the Dominican Republic (*NOTE for 2017: See Funding and Scholarship Information, below)
  • Passport and visa fees (visit Students Abroad for more information)
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information)
  • Meals/snacks not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses
Refund Policy:
Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student.  Email notification is acceptable.  

Program Costs Refund:
  • More information coming soon
Course Tuition Refund:

Funding and Scholarship Information:
  • *FUNDING FOR FLIGHT (2017): Thanks to a generous donation from the Grainger Foundation, each student will receive partial reimbursement of the cost of their flight.  The award per student will depend on the group size and is estimated at approximately $300. 
  • Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities, and the general public
  • Open to all majors
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.


Summer 2018: 
Add your name to the Inquiry List if you would like to attend the program in Summer 2018. You will receive an email when the application opens.


  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • For course content, requirements, and specific information about the program contact the faculty leader, Dr. Aaron Bruce, at
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Phil Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:, (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.