Minimum GPA: 2.50

Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2019
  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Spring 2020


Rebecca Dlubac

Housing Options:


Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

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Opportunity Description

Where better to improve your Spanish language skills than the beautiful Santiago, Dominican Republic? Situated in Santiago de los Caballeros, the second-largest city in the country, you’ll live with a local family, go on field trips and excursions that bring your studies to life, volunteer with local ONGs, and study at the best academic institution of higher learning in the country.

What is unique about this program?

Prepare for a full calendar — with plenty of educational excursions throughout the country, a weekly calendar of local activities, and rural and urban volunteer opportunities, this program is packed with exciting opportunities that supplement classroom content. You’re also encouraged to participate in student opportunities offered by PUCMM designed to allow you to intimately experience Dominican culture and geography outside of the classroom setting.

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra. Founded in 1962 as an institution dedicated to serving the social and economic development of all Dominicans, PUCMM has been ranked as the best academic institution of higher learning in the Dominican Republic. Just 15 minutes from downtown Santiago, PUCMM's campus has four academic schools: Social Sciences and Administration; Science and Humanities; Engineering Sciences; and Health Sciences. The CIEE Study Center is located on the PUCMM campus.

All courses are taught in English except for the Spanish language courses.

Courses are taught by CIEE and PUCMM faculty.

What is unique about this location?

Founded in 1495 by 30 caballeros (knights), Santiago de los Caballeros has all the charm of a small neighborhood. You’ll find small-town delights right around the corner — street vendors, friendly locals playing dominos and listen to merengue and bachata music — while still being a stone’s throw away from national parks and museums like.

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a 2-Step process.  You may complete both steps simultaneously, but Cornell Approval must be obtained before your program advisor in Global Learning can complete any approval or nomination forms for the program itself. 

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  2. For Program Admission, apply directly on the program website. Most programs have rolling admissions.

On the Global Learning website you will find a list of current returned students who have agreed to share contact information, stories from students in their own words, and selections of recommended programs in these categories: Cornell Global Programs, College Administered, Global Issues, STEM-focused, and Beyond Europe.

Returning Applicants