• Street of white houses

    Capstone in the Dominican Republic - Winter

  • Beach front with children playing

    Capstone in the Dominican Republic - Winter

  • Beach with palm trees

    Capstone in the Dominican Republic - Winter

  • Cruise ship docked

    Capstone 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.

 

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)

Students will be enrolled into the 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. 


All majors welcome. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing. To view the tentative course syllabus, click HERE.

NOTES:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Approximately 10 days, late December 2021- early January 2022 (exact dates TBA)

The program will participate in a variety of cultural and historical tours, a day trip to Punta Cana, and visits and lectures with local experts on the course topics. A more detailed schedule will be posted soon! 

Depending on a variety of factors, participants may either fly individually and pay the airline directly for their airfare OR fly as a group and pay a designated travel agency for their airfare. Program participants will be informed on how to purchase airfare once they are committed to participation, in the months prior to program departure. 

 

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

Dates & Deadlines

APPLY

App Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. 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.