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Dominican Republic: Health, Nutrition & Environmental Issues

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Summer

Location:

Jarabacoa and La Esquina, Dominican Republic

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

2.5 GPA, 1 year Spanish language

Application Due:

4/1

Program Cost:

Costs for the Summer 2014 session will be announced in Spring 2014


The University of Iowa’s ‘Dominican Republic: Health, Nutrition and Environmental Issues’ program is a cultural immersion program that provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to study a broad range of topics related to public health, nutrition, education, human rights, Caribbean/Latin American culture, and Spanish language through interdisciplinary, field-based studies.

Students studying in Spanish class

Students studying in Spanish class

Program Details

Students participate in an intensive Spanish language course and an academic seminar that focuses on the investigation of health, nutrition, and related environmental issues in the Dominican Republic. The 3-credit hour Spanish course, with a low student to teacher ratio (4- or 5:1) is experiential and tailored to help students understand the Dominican culture and communicate well with community members.

The 5-credit hour academic seminar is based on the principles of participatory learning. Students are involved in a set of formal and informal learning experiences that are designed to enhance their understanding of a developing nation and the challenges that its residents encounter on a daily basis. The seminar will include lectures that specifically focus on health, nutrition, and environmental issues that exist in the developing nations of Latin America and the Caribbean, special guest lectures and presentations by a variety of local experts on health and development issues, an intensive Research Methods Workshop/Seminar conducted by the Resident Director that will prepare students for independent or paired research projects, and educational excursions to urban and rural areas which may include visits to public and private health facilities, nutrition centers, NGO sanitation and environmental project sites, sugar cane communities and mills, and free trade zones.

PDF1. Academic Seminar Sample Syllabus (5 s.h.)
PDF2. Spanish Language Sample Syllabus (3 s.h.)

The Study Abroad office at the University of Iowa administers this program. This office works in conjunction with the resident director, and ENTRENA, S.A., an implementing partner in the Dominican Republic.

ENTRENA is a private, professional service and training organization based in Santo Domingo that specializes in management of development projects throughout the Dominican Republic. Best known for its training of Peace Corps Volunteers, ENTRENA provides Spanish language training and carries out service projects in a wide variety of fields including agro-forestry, community health and child survival, integrated rural development, and formal and non-formal education. For more information on ENTRENA please visit their website.

Students studying in La Esquina

Students studying in La Esquina


Dates

Dates for the 2013 program are June 18 - August 8, 2013

For More Information

For more information about the program, please contact Cory Petersen at 319-335-0353 or by email at cory-petersen@uiowa.edu. Students should also discuss their plans with their academic advisor and other appropriate faculty.

Santiago

Santiago

UNIVERSITY

Class in Jarabacoa

Class in Jarabacoa

ENTRENA is a private, professional service and training organization based in Santo Domingo that specializes in management of development projects throughout the Dominican Republic. ENTRENA provides Spanish language training and carries out service projects in a wide variety of fields including agro-forestry, community health and child survival, integrated rural development, and formal and non-formal education For more information on ENTRENA please visit their website.


CITY

Jarabacoa

Jarabacoa

Students split their time between two locations. For the first half of the program students live in the small city of Jarabacoa, and for the second half students live in a rural area centered around the town of La Esquina.

Jarabacoa is a small city located in the mountains of central Dominican Republic, around 30 minutes from Santiago. Jarabacoa is a popular tourist destination for Dominicans as well as international travelers interested in outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, horseback riding and rafting. Students generally appreciate Jarabacoa for its relatively small size, gorgeous location, and close proximity to larger cities and nearby tourist destinations.

La Esquina is a small community located about 10 miles inland from the northern coast. Here, students have the opportunity to experience life in rural Dominican Republic.

COUNTRY

The Dominican Republic is an excellent site for a study abroad program focused on Latin American health, nutrition, and related environmental and development issues. The country, a microcosm of Latin America and the Caribbean, faces health and nutrition problems common to the entire region. Program participants learn firsthand about these challenges and many of their proposed solutions.

Living Arrangements

Home in La Esquina

Home in La Esquina

Students are housed with lower- to middle-income host families at both program sites. Students have their own private bedroom. All meals are provided by the host family.

Students will live within walking distance to the program site, and will have easy access to public transportation that will allow them to travel around the country in their free time. Students are typically housed near to other students in the program as well as the program director.

Travel Arrangements

Students may make their own arrangements to and from the Dominican Republic; however, students are strongly encouraged to participate in the suggested group flight from Miami. Participation in the suggested group flight facilitates the customs and immigration process, and makes it much easier to meet up with the group upon arrival. Further information about the suggested flight is provided upon acceptance into the program.

Students participating in this flight are met at the airport by program representatives and are provided transportation to the orientation site. Students arriving separately must make their own arrangements to meet with the group.

Local Transportation

All program-related transportation plans are arranged by the program staff. Buses and taxis are common, and students generally have no problem getting around the city or anywhere around the country in their free time. Students are advised on how to find cheap, easy and safe transportation during the orientation session at the beginning of the program.

Eligibility

All applicants must have an interest in health, nutrition and/or environmental issues, as demonstrated through prior course selection, job experience, or other academic or non-academic involvement.

Students from CIC universities* are given priority; however, qualified students from other institutions are welcome. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average and be 18 years of age by the program starting date.

Students must have completed a year of university-level Spanish, four years of high school Spanish, or demonstrate equivalent proficiency.

Note: Students are required to meet with their designated home school Study Abroad Advisor prior to completing an application for this program.


* The CIC institutions include University of Chicago, Indiana University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, and the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

Costs

Waterfall near Jarabacoa

Waterfall near Jarabacoa

The program fee for Summer 2013 will be $6,444 for Iowa Residents, $7,508 for Non-residents, and $7,708 for students from outside of the University of Iowa*.

* A discounted rate may apply if your home institution has a special contractual arrangement for this program. Check with your Study Abroad office for details.

This fee includes instruction, administrative fees, housing, three meals daily, and the required excursions.

It does not include $50 application fee, round trip airfare (approximately $750 from Cedar Rapids, and $600 from Miami), passport and visa fees (approximately $130), immunizations (variable), CISI health insurance (approximately $60) or any personal expenses ($700+).

University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are included for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.

For students participating on the group flight, ground transportation from the airport is also included.


The Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración in Santiago

The Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración in Santiago


Program Cost Sheet

The cost sheet for the summer 2013 session can be found below. Your home campus may need this information for financial aid purposes. Please note that the billing procedure is different for students from the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan, so students from those institutions should be sure to reference the appropriate document.

PDF1. Cost sheet for University of Iowa degree seeking and non-degree seeking students

PDF2. Cost sheet for University of Chicago students

PDF3. Cost sheet for University of Michigan students


Financial Aid

Financial aid received to attend the University of Iowa may be applied toward the program cost. In addition, University of Iowa students are encouraged to apply for need- and merit-based scholarships awarded by Study Abroad. You can find more information from the Undergraduate Scholarships section of our website.

Participants from outside of the University of Iowa should consult their home study abroad office for information on how to apply financial aid to this program.


CISI Health Insurance

All program participants are enrolled in international health insurance through CISI. The cost of this health insurance plan (approximately $1.15 a day) is included in the program fee. Please visit our International Travel Insurance website for more information about this plan.

For more information about the program, please contact Cory Petersen at 319-335-0353 or by email at cory-petersen@uiowa.edu. Students should also discuss their plans with their academic advisor and other appropriate faculty.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the Summer 2013 is March 15.

Late applications may be considered on a space-available basis.

Predeparture materials

Take a look at the Predeparture materials for the Summer 2013 session of the Dominican Republic: Health, Nutrition and Environmental Issues program below! Tthe materials include a welcome letter from ENTRENA S.A, our partner organization in DR, the student orientation manual which will help answer many of your questions about this year's program, as well as information about the program's research component. Please take a look and contact us if you have any questions or concerns!

PDF1. Entrena welcome letter
PDF2. Student Orientation Manual
PDF3. Research Project information sheet

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The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802
USA

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343
E-mail: cory-petersen@uiowa.edu