Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo
International Studies Abroad (ISA), Universidad Iberoamericana
Spring Semester: Early January ~ Late April
Fall Semester: Mid August ~ Mid December
- Cumulative GPA – 2.5
- SUA STAMP Test Intermediate-Mid level required
- This program is NOT for everyone . Only students with an advanced level of Spanish (ideally 400 level Spanish).
- Soka students usually take courses up to 12-15 credits.
- Soka Students are required to attend “Business, Health Sciences, Engineering & additional Courses with Locals”.
- Students must choose either SP1 for Spring or FL1 for Fall.
- Soka Students are required to take university courses with locals.
- The program offers many content courses for high Intermediate/ Advanced students designed for international students.
- All the courses are taught by host university faculty.
4-5 field trips to one of the the following locations:
- 27 Charcos- The Dominican Republic's Damajagua River is the perfect destination for thrill seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. Cutting through the jungle, the river has eroded the limestone bedrock to form 27 pristine waterfalls.
- El Pomier Caves Anthropological Reserve- The Reserva Antropológica El Pomier is a well-preserved 2,000 year old rock art made by the Pre-Columbian inhabitants of the island of Hispaniola.
- Jarabacoa- A mountain community famous throughout the Dominican Republic as a center for the nature adventure traveler, will serve as a base for this excursion. Activities may include hiking to waterfalls and horseback riding through the region.
- La Romana- Located in the southeast of the Dominican Republic. The area around the town is dedicated to the cultivation of sugar cane and raising cattle. Near La Romana is Altos de Chavón, an artist community constructed of rustic rock in the 1970s, giving it an Old World, Mediterranean feel.
- Santiago & Cabarete- Dominican Republic’s second largest city and the economic center of the fertile Cibao Valley region. Santiago is friendly and welcoming, and has been called the "Heart City" of the country. It offers a wide range of activities for the urbanite and nature lover alike.
- Spanish is spoken quite fast!
- Homestay - Students typically have their own individual bedroom.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included seven days a week, as well as laundry service once a week.
- The weather in the Dominican Republic is fabulous. Hispaniola (the island that contains the Dominican Republic and Haiti) is in the tropics, and the parts that are at sea level experience warm temperatures and humidity. The average temperature in Sano Domingo is around 75-85º F and the rainiest month is usually May.
- The Dominican people are very friendly and love to talk. They are outgoing and enjoy spending time with family and friends.