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  • Locations: Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/18/2019 02/25/2019 TBA TBA
Program Description:

Migration, Race, and Identity in the Dominican Republic

June 2, 2018-June 15, 2018



Join Tulane faculty on a 15-day cultural immersion program to explore the intersections of race, culture and immigration in the Dominican Republic.
The history of Hispaniola, currently divided into the countries of Haiti and Dominican Republic, has remained pivotal to the development of the Caribbean and the Atlantic world. The two parts of the island evolved in unique ways, thus creating distinct but interconnected societies. In the east the plantation economy went into decline very early on, thus creating a remarkable rural society, the first in the Caribbean in which free people of African descent predominated; in the west, a brutal plantation regime ended in a spectacular slave revolt (The Haitian Revolution) that shook the foundations of the Atlantic world.
Over the course of our two weeks in the Dominican Republic, students will explore the Dominican-Haitian relationship from colonial times to present and together we will travel from Santiago to Dajabón on the border with Haiti, highlighting the ways that the DR and Haiti are interconnected and ways in which they have developed differently. We will explore the development of plantation economies during the colonial period, the control of caudillos in their respective national politics and societies, the role of U.S Imperialism and international development initiatives, the rise and fall of dictatorial regimes, and the importance of the island’s diaspora. Students will be exposed to how centuries of racism and fear shaped the people of two nations and are echoed today in a modern-day immigration crisis in which the Dominican Republic threatened to deport over a hundred thousand Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent.

Through participation in this program students will be enrolled in a sequence of three 1-credit courses: 1-credit prior to departure (online), 1-credit while abroad, and 1-credit upon return to the Tulane campus (online). Students will be enrolled and are expected to complete all 3-credits. Courses are designed to give students the skill set to capitalize from the outset on the experiences, network connections, and academic environment that this experience offers and then translate those experiences into an internationally-focused undergraduate career upon return to campus. Students will combine classroom learning with hands-on application of the material through assignments designed to explore their overseas experiences and apply them to their chosen course of study. 

Tulane Program Directors

  • Annie Gibson, Associate Director of Intercultural Learning, Center for Global Education

  • Carolyn Barber-Pierre, Assistant Vice-President for Student Affairs

About the Location

Founded in 1495 by 30 caballeros (knights), noblemen who came with Columbus's early expeditions, Santiago de los Caballeros is now a growing, modern city with a population exceeding 800,000. It still retains many features of a small town, though. Traditional merchants, called marchantas, ride burros loaded with baskets of goods and call out their wares in a musical chant. Street vendors carry large baskets of fruit, vegetables, and other goods on their heads. People are friendly and there is very little crime. Santiagueros (the people of Santiago) like to play dominos, listen to merengue and bachata music, and talk about baseball.


Students will be based in homestays in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Upon acceptance into the program, students will choose between single or double occupancy homestay experiences with local families. Students will share three meals daily, healthy snacks, and freshly squeezed juice with their families.
In overnight excursions to Dajabón students will be in hotels.


Students must be in academic and behavioral good standing at the university.
While language fluency is not mandatory, students are highly encouraged to take a course in Spanish, French or Creole.

Program Cost: $2,500

Program Cost Includes:

  • iNext Comprehensive Travel Insurance plus Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation Package

  • 24/7 emergency support via phone

  • Airport transfer upon arrival/departure

  • 3-credits in “Intercultural Learning During Study Abroad” (INTU 3010, INTU 3020, INTU 3030)

  • Guided tour of Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes museum

  • 27 Charcos de Damajagua (27 Waterfalls): 27 Charcos is a site with natural waterfalls you can slide down.

  • Visit to Batey Bayaguana settlement around a sugar mill

  • Visit to Solidaridad Fronteriza: An institution that promotes the culture on the Dominican-Haitian border

  • Visit to Oné Respe: Oné Respe promotes the spirit of service work through community programs in the areas of education, civic services, and health that support marginalized Dominican and Haitian communities in the cities of Santiago and Haína (just outside Santo Domingo)

  • Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration: Built by the dictator Rafael Liónidas Trujillo in the 1940s, it was originally named “The Monument of Peace from Trujillo” in his own ego-inflated honor. After his assassination in 1961, his statue was torn down and the name of the monument was changed to honor the heroes who restored the country’s independence from Spain in the War of Restoration of the 1860’s. The interior is now a museum to the heroes of the restoration containing statues and other works of art that commemorate Dominican heroes. Students can climb up 365 stairs to see one of the most beautiful views of the city.

  • Visit to Parque Duarte and Fortaleza San Luis: Historical city bus tour and visit to the eclectic museum.

  • Santiago city tour by bus: Take a bus tour of Santiago to discover its Calle del Sol, Cementerio de la 30 de Marzo, and Rio Yaque. An ideal way to introduce your group to Santiago!

  • Dance class with PUCMM students: Learn basic merengue, bachata, and salsa dance steps taught by local PUCMM support alums from the department of the Office of International Students.

  • Day Trips to:

    • Batey Bayaguana: Visit to a batey, led by Reginald Kerolle of the Kerolle Initiative. Mini volunteer project leading an ESL class for the community's children, lunch, and transportation included.

    • Day trip to La Isabella: The National Historical and Archaeological Park of Villa de La Isabela is a place of high historical significance as it houses the remains of the first village founded by Europeans in the American continent. Includes roundtrip transportation and entrance fees to the park.

  • Overnights to:

    • Dajabón: An overnight excursion to a province situated on the border to Haiti with a Binational Market held twice a week. As soon as the gates open, an enormous human mass crosses the borderline of the two countries in order to exchange all kinds of merchandise. Over the 2-day, 1 night excursion, students will visit the market, visit Solidaridad Fronteriza (a group whose mission is to raise the self-esteem and dignity for those living on the border), visit CODEVI (an industrial free zone), and spend time on a beach in Montecristi called 'Detras del Morro".

    • Overnight excursion to Haiti: Visit to the Fortaleza, Cittadelle, Palacio Antiguo - San Souci Palace, Bahia de Labadee, Isla Amiga, Vertiere, Monumento Histórico Independencia Haitiana, a city tour including a cathedral, and more.


Application Deadline: March 5

For more info, please contact
Prof. Annie Gibson
Center for Global Education