Summer Credit Course

Meeting Cultures: Spanish Language Immersion Abroad

Authentic study abroad experience in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

Immerse yourself in the Spanish language and earn 3 semester credits in 4 weeks. Study with native Spanish teachers, stay with local families, and live the authentic life in the capital of the Dominican Republic, the oldest modern city of the “New World”.

This program is right for you if:

  • You like to quickly improve your Spanish conversation skills and grammar knowledge (listening, understanding, speaking, reading and writing).
  • You need Spanish language credits and like to get those in an intensive immersion experience abroad during your summer break.
  • You want to be deeply immersed into the Spanish language.
  • You like to learn in small groups with maximum 7 people to get the most out of your class.
  • You want to be in a stable socio-political environment and easy-to-reach destination in Latin America.

This intensive program welcomes students of all Spanish language levels. Cultural exchange with local professionals, students, your teachers and host family will help you understand your immersion experience, and due to the school´s international orientation you will make friends among language students from around the world.

Dates:

June Program:           June 2nd to June 30th (4 weeks/28 nights)

July Program:            June 30th to July 28th (4 weeks/28 nights)

August Program:      July 28th to August 25th (4 weeks/28 nights)

Courses:

This intensive language program is aimed at linguistic and social immersion using your own personal experiences. Students receive 4 to 6 class hours of instruction daily from Monday to Friday; course duration: 4 weeks. Classes are held at our Institute in Santo Domingo, the capital city and, with over 3 million inhabitants, also the largest city of the Dominican Republic and the cultural, political center of the country.

The following credit courses are available:

  • SP100: Elementary Spanish Language & Culture I (3 credits)
    Students registered for SP100 will complete IIC “Nivel: Elemental (A1)” – 80 lessons = 60 hours of instruction.
  • SP105: Elementary Spanish Language & Culture II (3 credits)
    Students registered for SP105 will complete IIC “Nivel: Elemental PLUS (A2)” – 100 lessons = 75 hours of instruction
  • SP205: Intermediate Spanish Language & Culture (3 credits)
    Students registered for SP205 will complete IIC “Nivel: Intermedio (B1) – 100 lessons = 75 hours of instruction
  • SP250: Topics in Spanish Usage (3 credits)
    Students registered for SP250 will complete IIC “Nivel: Intermedio PLUS (B2) – 100 lessons = 75 hours of instruction

Costs:

  • USD 2,300.- IIC program fee for credit course SP100; official transcript included
    USD 2,490.- IIC program fee for credit courses SP105, SP205, SP250; official transcript included
    to be paid to IIC
  • In addition to IIC program fees: USD 300.- tuition per credit course for Seton Hill university credits
    to be paid to Seton Hill

Location:

The school in Santo Domingo is located in the university quarter, just across from the country’s largest university which is also the oldest university of the Americas: the UASD (Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo). The central location of the Institute makes it easy to seek out and explore many places of interest. The ancient and historical part of the town, the Zona Colonial, is just a 10-minute drive from the school. All centers of social or cultural life, like cinemas, museums, theaters, galleries, sports centers, discos, and bars, can be easily reached by public transportation.

You will enjoy the relaxed, family-like atmosphere at the school. The class and communal rooms are furnished in a simple, Caribbean style. A small garden surrounds the building; the terraces and a cozy cafeteria are open to all students for relaxation and exchange of experience. During office hours, the students have free wifi internet access to surf the web, share their experiences with friends and followers on their social media channels.

Within walking distance from the school are many student hang-outs, including street cafes, the university library, kiosks and small restaurants. Here, you have plenty of opportunity to come into contact with Dominican students and continue practicing your Spanish language skills.

Housing and Meals:

Students live in a typical Dominican middle-class family home with their hosts, where they will experience complete immersion into the Spanish language and culture. The host families provide breakfast and dinner daily; often neighbors and other family members stop by for a visit.

Lunch is not included in the program fee to leave flexibility for those students who prefer to eat on their own terms during the day and inbetween classes. There are plenty of local comedores (small eating places with typical Dominican food) and little supermarkets (colmados) in the schools’ vicinity where one can serve oneself at a decent cost for a meal or snack. A typical Dominican lunch called “La Bandera” including rice, beans, chicken, and a salad costs about USD 4.-

Excursions:

In addition to a day-trip to a nearby Caribbean beach, you will have other activities included in the program fee to experience the history, culture and social life of Santo Domingo: an evening with live music at the ruins of the 16th century monastery San Francisco, a tour through the Old Town of Santo Domingo, a typical Bachata/Merengue dance class, and an educational field trip to a local market.

Optional: “2-City-Program”

You can choose to split your program and view two very different faces of the Dominican Republic: studying 2 weeks at the IIC campus in Santo Domingo and the other 2 weeks at the IIC campus in the beach town of Sosua on the north coast of the DR. The school in Sosua is surrounded by a large tropical garden, located in a residential area right in the city center in 5 minutes walking to shops, supermarkets, restaurants, and to the beach. During the first 2 weeks of your program in Santo Domingo, you will stay with a host family (incl. half-board); lodging during the 2nd part of your program at IIC Sosua is arranged in the Students Residence (with breakfast). Travel from Santo Domingo to Sosua by bus is incl. in program fee; also included: 5 activities. If you fly into and out of the same airport (International Airport Las Americas in Santo Domingo SDQ), the travel from Sosua back to the airport in Santo Domingo (by bus & taxi) can be arranged through IIC at a surcharge of USD 80.-

What’s Included*:

  • Tuition for 3 semester credit hours (3 Spanish language undergraduate credits)
  • Host family lodging with half-board
  • On-site advising and oversight with IIC Director
  • City orientation tour with IIC Student care
  • Airport round-trip from/to nearest DR airport
  • Welcome reception
  • Pre-departure support
  • Cultural activities
  • Internet access
  • Official Transcript

Available at surcharge:

  • Pre-departure Spanish Online Training
  • If 2-city-program chosen (Santo Domingo & Sosua): transfer back to arrival airport

* Airfare, travel insurance, lunch is not included. Do not purchase airfare until you receive your official program confirmation.

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Application Details:

Deadline for Applications: April 1, 2019. A completed application must include: IIC application, Seton Hill registration, IIC placement test. Apply now.

Payment Plan:

Program deposit: USD 500.- (due within two weeks of acceptance)

1st installment: 50% of IIC program fee and Seton Hill-tuition of USD 300.- (4 weeks prior to program start)

2nd installment: balance payment (1 week prior to program start)

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Contact:

Not sure if this program is right for you? Contact us and talk to one of our program advisors. We are glad to help.