University of Oregon

CIEE: Service-Learning Program in Santiago

Program Overview

The service-learning program provides a framework for you to fulfill your educational and personal goals while bridging relationships in the communities in which your learning takes place. This program is built upon the four core principles of Service-Learning, and each component of the program addresses one or more of the principles:

  1. Engagement
  2. Reflection
  3. Reciprocity
  4. Public Dissemination

The program runs during the fall and spring semesters and is based upon three main components:

  1. A three-part core course in poverty and development, research and investigative methods, and community management and practicum.
  2. A Spanish language course.
  3. A capstone project that draws upon all other elements of the program.

The program offers an extensive agenda of educational excursions throughout the country that are designed to allow you to intimately experience Dominican culture and geography outside the classroom.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: Service Learning in Santiago, Dominican Republic

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to a CIEE program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, recommendation, transcript(s), and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by CIEE.

IMPORTANT: Application for a CIEE program involves two parts:

  1. Completion of the GEO application process.
  2. Completion of the CIEE application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the CIEE deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Additional Requirements

  • Previous volunteer and/or independent research recommended.
  • You must hold at least a 3.00 GPA in your Spanish language courses.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20174/1/2017late Augustearly December
Academic Year2017-20184/1/2017late Augustearly May
Spring Semester201810/01/2017early Januarylate April

Additional Date Information

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult CIEE.

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.