Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic has produced more major league baseball players per capita than any other country in the world, and visiting Santo Domingo, the capital and largest city of the Dominican Republic, baseball is observable in almost every breath the city takes. With a population of two million, Santo Domingo is considered to be the main economic and political center of the country. The city, often called the “First City of the New World,” is steeped in historical significance, and while the arrival of baseball to the country only dates back to the end of the 19th century, its importance to the Dominican Republic’s modern history is no less significant. Along with numerous plazas and churches throughout the colonial district, which give a distinct flavor to the city, baseball fields dot the landscape, and variations of the game can be spotted throughout each neighborhood. Most neighborhoods have local colmados (corner stores) where many locals gather in the evenings to watch baseball games on TV and play dominoes.
Spend your summer in Santo Domingo examining the impact of sports on the culture, identity, and society of this island nation. Through Spanish language study, cultural activities, and facilitated interactions with Dominicans within and outside of the local sports world, studying abroad in Santo Domingo offers you unparalleled insight into the relationships between baseball and Caribbean culture and society.
Study abroad in Santo Domingo and you will:
- Learn about the cultural, social, and economic impacts of major league baseball on Dominican society, and the challenges and opportunities posed by the globalization of the sport
- Examine the interdependence between developing countries and the premier leagues of the baseball and sporting industries of various developed countries
- Experience Dominican baseball through site visits to baseball clubs, academies, training facilities, and through attendance at baseball games where you'll meet with players, scouts, trainers, agents, and managers
Students will take two courses in this program and will receive a total of six credits. Students with no prior college-level Spanish, or equivalent, are required to take a Spanish language course alongside one content course. The content courses have been developed specifically for CIEE by resident staff, local university professors, and/or professionals in the baseball industry and allow students to explore ethical issues in sports development, and the impact of sports on Caribbean cultures, economics, and politics. These areas are explored through in-class discussion, a series of site visits, and guest speakers from the local community.
The current content courses offered in this program have been approved to fulfill the Arts & Sciences requirement in the Sports Management Minor.
Accommodations and Meals
Study abroad students live in Dominican homestays in middle-class neighborhoods throughout Santo Domingo. Housing and most meals are included in the program fee. All students eat three meals each day with their host family. Weekly laundry and linen service is also provided. Wherever possible, homestays include at least one member who speaks conversational English.
[Source: CIEE website]