• Street of white houses

    Capstone/UNIFI in the Dominican Republic - Winter

  • Beach front with children playing

    Capstone/UNIFI in the Dominican Republic - Winter

  • Beach with palm trees

    Capstone/UNIFI in the Dominican Republic - Winter

  • Cruise ship docked

    Capstone/UNIFI in the Dominican Republic - Winter

Introduction

Over the past few decades, the Dominican Republic has developed an extensive tourism industry.  Located in the Caribbean, it has strong global ties through its resorts and golf courses. Baseball is the country’s most popular sport, and it is home to the most major league baseball players after the United States.  Students will learn about these key elements to the country’s society and culture as well as recovery efforts being made to minimize the lasting effects of COVID-19 to the tourism industry. 

Using the Dominican Republic as a case study on the Latin American business environment, this program is designed to enhance a student’s knowledge and capability of working in a variety of environments throughout the world. Getting practical experience in a culture and society provides insight for adapting to a variety of cultures. Having an understanding of that culture, as well as the skills for working with international citizens in a wide range of situations, provides UNI students an advantage when seeking career opportunities.

Students who are completing the Liberal Arts Core can participate to fulfill their Capstone credit requirement. Students who have switched from the Liberal Arts Core to UNIFI can participate to fulfill a course in the Human Condition (Global) learning area. In either case, students will be enrolled into their study abroad course by Study Abroad Center staff.

Location

Course Leaders

Daniel Bumblauskas, AssociateProfessor, Hamilton/ESP International Fellow

Department: Management
Phone: 319-273-6793
E-mail: daniel.bumblauskas@uni.edu
Campus Address: CBB 262

Dan has been working and traveling abroad for decades having now led study abroad programs for over 10 years. He has taken students to Ireland and Italy while also having taught extensively across China. Dan and his family love exploring the world and have visited many different countries on six of seven continents. He believes that when students travel and work abroad, they develop personal and professional skills that are difficult to replicate domestically on campus leading to life-changing experiences and developmental growth.

Academics

CAP 3154: Global Skills Capstone (3 credit hours) OR UNIV 3003 Study Abroad Human Condition Global (3 credit hours)

Students who are completing the Liberal Arts Core can participate to fulfill their Capstone credit requirement. Students who have switched from the Liberal Arts Core to UNIFI can participate to fulfill a course in the Human Condition (Global) learning area. In either case, students will be enrolled into their study abroad course by Study Abroad Center staff.

Students will study the Latin American business environment, including the current state of affairs in the Dominican Republic and historical context of the country in the global economy.  A discussion of the colonial occupancy, the struggles for independence of the country, American / Dominican foreign relations, and more will be covered.  Students will learn how to conduct business in the Latin American region as well as cultural important aspects of Dominican life. 

The activities abroad are designed to provide students with multiple opportunities to observe challenges facing business and investment, interact with both formal and informal sectors with their peers in the Dominican Republic, and learn about opportunities for sustainable growth through innovation and entrepreneurship.

To view a sample course syllabus, click HERE

All majors are welcome. Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.

NOTES REGARDING CAPSTONE COURSE OPTION:

  • In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program's course start date. Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study.
  • Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken this capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.

Itinerary

Tentative Program Dates: Tuesday, January 3 (depart) to Friday, January 13, 2023 (return)

Sample itinerary is subject to change.  

Day 1: Arrival to Santo Domingo and welcome dinner.

Day 2: Overview session on the Dominican Republic (DR)'s history, culture, and social development, followed by a walking tour of the Colonial Zone. Visit to The Mercado Modelo. 

Day 3: Visits to Industrial Installation (DIESCO-PolyPlas in Villas Agricolas) and their corporate social responsibility programs in order to understand both the business and social challenges facing large scale industrial operations in the DR. Exchange with the Youth Networks of Villas Agricolas of the Alerta Joven At-Risk Youth project. 

Day 4: Departure to Boca Chica/Juan Dolio. Day in the community of Boca Chica observing DP Word Caucedo port management facilities and corporate social responsibility programs. Spanish and/or academic sessions in the evening. 

Day 5: Visit to San Pedro de Macoris, tour of the Cesar iglesias company industrial installations, learn about the social impact of the sugar cane industry in the DR.

Day 6: Combination beach day and community service in nearby community of Guayacanes or Los Conucos. We will learn about the development challenges facing this community as we carry out some type of community service or sports exchange with local youth. Cooking class for lunch. Spanish and/or academic sessions in the evening. 

Day 7: Celebration of Los 3 Reyes Magos at an orphanage. In the DR, the Holy Kings as they are also known, children receive gifts, as a way of remembering the gifts that the Child Jesus received when he was born. It’s an important component of the Christmas celebration in the DR. We encourage to suggest to students bring a small toy to donate. Free afternoon. 

Day 8: Visit to Banco BHD Leon for presentation of MLB Partnership program. Visit to a nearby MLB Team Baseball Academy – Mets or Twins.

Day 9: Day in Punta Cana; visit to Ecological Foundation, Punta Cana Community Foundation activities in surrounding poor communities. Stopover at the Cuevas de las Maravillas during return.

Day 10: Visit to Boca Chica to observe specialized micro-business and entrepreneurship (mop factory operated by people with physical disabilities and youth entrepreneurship dance studio in La Caleta with Yocasta). 

Day 11: Departure

 

To offer this program, UNI is partnering with Entrena, a Dominican Republic social entrepreneurship company founded in 1982 specializing in solutions for  sustainable development focusing on education, youth development, and private/public sector partnerships. Entrena works in bi-lingual and multi-cultural environments and is very cognizant of the importance of cultural underpinnings on today’s globalized world. Entrena's clients and partners include international development and volunteer agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities, and private sector entities pursuing innovative corporate social responsibility programs.

Participant Info

Important information to review:

  • Review the roles of the Advisee and the Advisor under the main menu Get Started

Entry and Exit Requirements 

  • Review and follow the travel recommendations of the CDC for the Dominican Republic
  • Monitor appropriate websites for updates and information about COVID or other emergencies before departing and while in the destination country. The U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic provides updates that can be found on their website

Housing & Meals

Students will stay in hotels or hostels arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. Breakfast is built into the program cost. Students will purchase other meals out-of-pocket while abroad. Students are encouraged to try the local foods.

Program Costs

Capstone/UNIFI in the Dominican Republic - Winter

Estimated Program Cost:

$4,799*

* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

Click Below to View Detailed Budget Sheet:

Cost of studying on-campus*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

Tuition & Fees:

$4,527

Room & Board:

$4,580

Books:

$400

Personal Expenses:

$878

Transportation:

$320


Total:

$10,705

Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/costs

Dates & Deadlines

APPLY

App Deadline: 
Friday, September 16, 2022
Program Dates: 
Tuesday, January 3, 2023 to Friday, January 13, 2023

Eligibility Requirements to Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must have a completed study abroad application, including supportive recommendation form(s). Additionally, students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
  • If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
  • Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • Must be in good standing with the University
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements, if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
  • All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
  • Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.