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UK Sponsored: Exploring the Diverse Communities & Agricultural Development of the Dominican Republic (Agriculture, Food & Environment)
Santiago, Dominican Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.
Program Cost and Budget Summer 1
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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
Housing Options:
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Susan Meredith
Program Director:
Natasha Saunders, Quentin Tyler
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
UK Sponsored: Exploring the Diverse Communities & Agricultural Development of the Dominican Republic
(Agriculture, Food & Environment)

May 14-28, 2016
Santiago Skyline
Program Overview

This global course, held in the Dominican Republic, will focus on the merging and persistent issues of diverse communities and agricultural and rural development by analyzing the constructs of and considering the implications amongst various localities.

Students will travel to the Dominican Republic to experience international culture, visit Dominican farms and learn from agricultural producers, participate in a Spanish crash course, experience lectures on Haitian and Dominican relations, learn the origins of the feminist movement in the Dominican Republic, experience Haitian and Dominican barter/trade system by visiting Haitian Markets, participate in service learning opportunities with Haitian and Dominican youth and families, experience Dominican cultural excursions and museums, and stay with host families.

In so doing, 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 communities?

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. Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions or UK Graduate School Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program directors prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course. 

Academic Credit

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. 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 before or after the program's international travel.
  • Undergraduates will enroll in AEC 300: Topics in Agricultural, Intercultural and Economic Development in Diverse Societies (3 credit hours). Graduate students must make arrangements with the faculty director to receive academic credit.
  • All undergraduate students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour), but graduate students will not be required to complete ISP 599-related coursework. Graduate students may opt out of ISP 599 altogether if they wish, however, graduate students who opt out of the course altogether will have to pay tuition for the above listed course(s).
Housing & MealsMonument to Heros

While in Santiago, students will reside with host families who are experienced in hosting students with all levels of Spanish proficiency. The host family will provide three meals per day and laundry service weekly. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • 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 UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Supplemental Materials 

This program runs in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and CIEE. Students will complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and supplemental materials with CIEE. The supplemental application materials are for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

Passport & Visa Requirements

Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. However, participants will be required to purchase a tourist card upon arrival for approximately $10.  Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the Dominican Republic Embassy as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.

Health & Safety Abroad

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

Diversity Abroad

In support of the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity within the UK Student body, UK Education Abroad encourages all students to apply for an education abroad program that best suits their academic and personal needs. For more information, please see our diversity abroad resources, here.

For More Information

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.

Dr. Quentin Tyler, faculty member in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environment at the University of Kentucky,; and Ms. Natasha Saunders, Extension Associate for Extension and Student Diversity Recruitment and Retention in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environment, Dr. Tyler will be directing the program.

Mrs. Susan Meredith, EA Advisor,

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This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.