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Dominican Republic: Culture and Language Learning in Real Time

This January, gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of culture and its relationship to language. Explore how values, norms, and ways of thinking and interpreting the world are shaped by cultural experiences while immersing yourself in language learning. In the process, you will gain a better understanding of yourself and others.

Shondel Nero

Professor of Language Education

Santiago, Dominican Republic

Program dates:

January 2-23, 2020

Application Deadlines:

As of December 6th, this program is closed and no longer accepting applications.


Who Can Participate:
  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduates who have:
    • 96+ earned credits by the program travel dates
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their adviser
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution

No previous knowledge of Spanish is required in order to apply for this program. However, if you are admitted to the program, you will be required to take a one-credit undergraduate level Spanish class offered by the host university in the Dominican Republic in addition to the NYU course.

Related Areas of Study:
  • Bilingual Education
  • Foreign Language Education
  • International Education

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


This course is being offered through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Students choose one of the following two Spring 2020 courses for a total of 3 points:

  • LANED-GE.2005.095 (Class #4476) Intercultural Perspectives in Multilingual & Multicultural Education (3 points)

  • LANED-GE.2300.095 (Class #4491) Independent Study: Culture and Language Learning in Real Time (3 points)

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Sample Syllabus


Shondel Nero, Professor of Language Education 

  • Steinhardt Graduate Tuition Fee (3 credits) - $5,385      
  • Graduate Registration and Services Fees - $651
  • Housing & Activity Fee - $800         
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total - $6,836

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation and airfare to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students are responsible for their own accommodations for travel beyond the program dates. 

Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakHipmunkVayamaGoogle Flights and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs using available online resources. Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2020.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Learn about scholarship opportunities.


Students stay with host families in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

The university in the Dominican Republic which recruits the host families requires the following materials be submitted in advance from each student. More details will be provided at orientation.  Required materials are:

  • NYU Health Certificate
  • Two 2" x 2" photos
Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. 

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: Visitors who do not obtain a Dominican visa prior to entry must purchase a tourist card upon arrival to enter the country. Tourist cards cost ten US dollars, which must be paid in US currency. Tourist cards may be purchased at the Dominican Embassy in Washington or Dominican Consulates prior to arrival, as well as at Dominican airports at the time of entry. Tourist cards normally permit a legal stay of up to 60 days. Visitors who would like to extend their time in the Dominican Republic should visit the Migration Department in Santo Domingo and request an extension. Failure to request an extension will subject the visitor to a surcharge at the airport upon departure.  All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful links: US State DepartmentCenter for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide

Weather: Temperatures during January in the Dominican Republic range from an average low of 66ºF to an average high of 84ºF.

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