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Dominican Republic: Culture & Language Learning in Real-Time

Graduate Study Abroad

The University is continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on future travel. In the event that travel is not possible, Steinhardt Global Affairs will work with faculty on a case-by-case basis to explore alternatives.

This January, gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of culture and its relationship to language. Study how values, norms, manners of thinking, and ways of interpreting the world are shaped by cultural experiences while exploring the process of language learning. This immersive experience will give participants the opportunity to interact with locals and experts in the Dominican Republic and students will come away with a better understanding of themselves and others

Shondel Nero

Professor of Language Education


Santiago, Dominican Republic

Program Dates:

January 3-20, 2023 (tentative; subject to change)

Application Deadlines:

  • Priority Deadline: September 20, 2022
  • Regular Deadline: October 20, 2022*

*Rolling admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate students who have:
    • 96+ earned credits by course start date
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their adviser
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are both:
    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Currently hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

Related Areas of Study:

  • Bilingual Education
  • World 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.


Students self-register in Albert and choose one of the following two courses for a total of 3 credits:

  • LANED-GE 2005, Section 095 (Class # TBA) Intercultural Perspectives in Multilingual & Multicultural Education (3 credits)

  • LANED-GE 2300, Section 095 (Class # TBA) Independent Study: Culture and Language Learning in Real-Time (3 credits)

No previous knowledge of Spanish is required in order to apply for this program. However, all students are required to participate in several sessions of an undergraduate-level Spanish class offered by the host university in the Dominican Republic as part of the program.

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.

This course is being offered through the Department of Teaching and Learning.


Shondel Nero, Professor of Language Education, Department of Teaching and Learning.


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


Estimated Direct Cost Total - $7,747

View NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the January 2023 term.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchasing transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.

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: KayakGoogle Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online budgeting tools such as NumbeoExpatistan, and Budget Your Trip to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.

Learn about scholarships and funding opportunities.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Global Affairs will inform participants about pandemic-related travel and entry requirements for their destination. COVID-19 vaccination is required, and testing may also be necessary for departure to and returning from your program destination.

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. For further guidance on visas and other non-immigration matters, contact OGS Outbound Student Services at

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

Weather: In January, temperatures in Santiago typically range from 66ºF to 84ºF. Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in the Dominican Republic.

Pre-Departure Resources:

Visit the Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources website and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience.


Visit the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page.

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