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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

This was a once in a lifetime experience and I chose the best teacher to take this trip with. Dr. Bruce is much more than a professor now. He is a mentor to myself, and also a person I can fully trust with my life choices. I respect him with the utmost respect.
- Summer 2017 Participant

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 Now Open! See below for instructions
Dates Abroad: arrive on Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) - depart on Monday, June 11, 2018
Course Dates: May 27, 2018-June 11, 2018
Price: $2,552


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 for 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 

Students are provided with double occupancy hotel accommodations throughout the program. All meals are included in the program fee: welcome and farewell dinner, daily breakfast at the hotel, and additional meals as listed on excursions or students will be provided with a daily meal stipend.

  • Two guest lecturers related to:
    • Dominican-Haitian Relations
  • Co-curricular/community engagement activities including:
    • Colonial zone walking tour
    • El Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana
    • San Diego Padres
    • Batey Community Project
    • Colonial Sugar Mill
    • Boca de Nigua
    • International Justice Mission
    • Community Engagement Activity
    • Dance Workshop
    • Exchange with Dominican students from English Immersion program.
      • Social mixer which may include dance class or joint service project
    • US Embassy
    • Bonye performance
  • 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: 
$1,100   Deposit due with application to the SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) to reserve your spot in the program
$1,087   Program second payment due to CES by April 1
   $365   Tuition due with course registration to CES between April 15-25 
$2,552   Total Program Payment 

Included in the Program Fee:
  • 1 Unit SDSU Tuition
  • Airport transfer upon arrival (during specified dates/times)
  • Airport transfer upon departure (during specified dates/times)
  • Transportation to all activities and excursions included on the final itinerary
  • Housing: Double occupancy hotel accommodations
  • All meals: welcome and farewell dinner, daily breakfast at the hotel, additional meals as listed on excursions or daily meal stipend
  • Excursions and activities
  • 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:
  • Roundtrip travel to the Dominican Republic
  • 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:
  • For this program, withdrawals before the application deadline of March 15, 2018 will receive a full refund minus processing fees. 
  • Refunds of all recoverable expenses will be issued for withdrawals between March 16, 2018 and April 1, 2018. 
  • No refund will be issued for withdrawals after April 1, 2018.  
Course Tuition Refund:

Funding and Scholarship Information:
  • 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: Apply by March 15
NOTE: Programs close once the maximum capacity is reached, so don't wait to apply!
  1. Review the admission and prerequisite requirements and refund policies above. If you apply without meeting the pre-requisites, you will be withdrawn and are still subject to the same refund policies (see above).
  2. Click on the red "Apply Now" button below to access the College of Extended Studies (CES) online application. Make sure to read the instructions and click "Create A New Account" if you have never applied to a CES program. NOTE: Your SDSU WebPortal password will not work for this account.  If you have issues with the log in process, contact the CES Registration office during regular business hours at 619-594-5152.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the online application.  Pay your program deposit, as listed in "Payment Schedule" above, during the last part of the online application. NOTE: Your spot in the program is only reserved after you successfully submit your payment online.
  4. An advisor in the CES Faculty-led Study Abroad office will then email you with further instructions within about a week at the address that you indicated in your online application, so make sure to check your inbox and spam mail folders!

  • 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.