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UK Sponsored: Exploring Diverse Communities in Dominican Republic (Agriculture, Food & Environment)
Santiago, Dominican Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
The UK Education Abroad deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad (
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Agriculture, Anthropology, Communication, Community and Leadership Development, Education, Gender and Women's Studies, History, Honors, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Management, Psychology, Sociology
Course Language:
Housing Options:
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Sarah Whitaker
Program Director:
Natasha Saunders, Quentin Tyler
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:

Exploring Diverse Communities in the Dominican Republic

Dates TBD - Applications will be accepted for the 2015 summer program once dates have been established!

Program Overview

This program in the Dominican Republic will focus on the merging and persistent issues of diverse communities by analyzing the constructs of and considering the implications amongst various localities. This course will expose U.S. students of underrepresented areas to opportunities abroad by creating diversity amongst the human experience. Students will address questions such as:

  • How do we define, measure, and evaluate the differences among communities?
  • What factors contribute to the emergence and persistence of the inequalities among communes?
  • What are the consequences of these inequalities for the people who live in these communities? 


  • Participate in a service-learning project with a local community organization
  • Explore the identity and culture of Santiago, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, and Santo Domingo, the first city in the New World established by European explorers 
  • Examine Dominican Republic-Haiti relations through a guest lecture and visit to the Batey Libertad (Haitian market) and Mercado Dejabon, a flea market held near the border


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines.

Academic Credit

  • UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings.
  • Undergraduate students will enroll in CLD 480: Topics in Community: Diverse Communities (3 credit hours).
  • Graduate students must arrange for credit with the faculty director (3 credit hours).
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).

Housing & Meals

  • Students will be able to experience the unique culture of Santiago by living with host families. Typically, two students will be placed with the same family. The homes are located throughout the city within walking distance or local bus accessibility from where classes will be held.
  • The homestay families will provide three meals per day and laundry service weekly.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
  • The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline application material is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.

Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).

Required Applications

  • Students must complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and a supplemental application with International Studies Abroad (ISA). The supplemental ISA application will be provided to all accepted students after the application deadline.

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa in advance of arrival for participation on this program. Participants will be required to purchase a tourist card upon arrival for approximately $10. Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates and those who are not U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations at Embassy of the Dominican Republic.

Travel Medical Insurance

All participants of this program will be enrolled in HTH Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. The cost of Travel Medical Insurance is included in the program fee. Please see the Education Abroad at UK Health & Safety webpage for more information. 

For More Information

For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
  • Dr. Quentin Tyler, faculty member in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environment at the University of Kentucky, or Ms. Natasha Saunders, Extension Associate for Extension and Student Diversity Recruitment and Retention in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environment, Dr. Tyler and Ms. Saunders will be directing the program.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
The UK Education Abroad deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad (