Why the Dominican Republic?

The Dominican Republic offers students the chance to understand more about a diverse Central American country, and offers opportunities for following different stories related to the history of slavery, the history of the indigenous Taíno people, and other fascinating subjects. Students will learn about journalism in the DR, and how information is shared in this unique location. Attend lectures coordinated with a host university, participate in a service learning project, and uncover different facets of storytelling in the Dominican Republic.


  • 03/28/2020 to 04/05/2020


  • 8 Nights Homestay Accommodation
  • All Breakfasts, Most Lunches, All Dinners
  • Guide and Staff Support
  • Site Visits and Guest Lectures
  • Admission Fees and Cultural Visits
  • Embedded Medical Insurance
  • Country Guidebooks
  • 24/7 Emergency Support

Not Included

  • International Airfare
  • University Credit
  • Additional Spending Money
  • Some Lunches
  • Travel During Free Time
  • Visas (if required)

What to Expect

Experience Dominican Republic firsthand and get an interactive, up-close look at life in this dynamic environment.

  • Connect with people working in the realm of communications and journalism in Dominican Republic
  • Faculty members from our partner university, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, will be selected to teach guest lectures on the topic of communications and journalism.
  • Students may be given assignments from their home university.
Program Sponsor: WorldStrides ISA Custom Programs has been operating programs in the Dominican Republic for many years. We have a permanent office in the Dominican Republic to ensure effective support of these spring break programs.

Host University

Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra

Ranked the 2nd best university in the Dominican Republic by the annual QS World University Rankings, the Pontifical Catholic University "Madre y Maestra" (PUCMM) is one of the country's most respected universities. Founded in 1962 in Santiago by the Dominican Order of the Roman Catholic Church, the University began its teaching endeavors in the fields of Law, Education, and Philosophy with sixty students and fifteen professors. The University has grown considerably over the past four decades and now enrolls nearly 13,000 students at three different campuses pursuing coursework in disciplines ranging from the Natural and Social Sciences and Humanities to Business, Engineering, and Health Sciences. The University is fully accredited by the State Department of Higher Education, Science, and Technology (Secretaría de Estado de Educación Superior, Ciencia y Tecnología). Around 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students study at the main campus in Santiago. The University is, in its own words, an "institution committed to academic excellence and that has among its goals the objective search for truth, the transmission and increase of knowledge, and the integral development of the human person."

For Parents

Thank you for considering this global opportunity for your students, and for trusting me with the important responsibility of educating them. In addition to building their resume and their network, I believe a program like this builds essential perspective that will set them on a path to becoming more global citizens!

I have chosen WorldStrides as an educational travel partner because of their reputation for excellence in logistics, educational content, and most importantly, safety and security. Read more about WorldStrides.


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