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  • Locations: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 12/10/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/19/2019 05/28/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)
Minimum Required GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Internship or Service Learning: None College Designation: X - Not applicable
Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Spring
Program Description:


Engage, serve, and learn in Santiago! Participants will serve, dance, cook, and learn alongside neighbors in the Dominican Republic. This program puts the Public Affairs mission into action. 

Program Fee: $3,310

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • International Programs Academic Fee
  • In Country Transportation
  • Meals
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • Transportation to/from designated airport
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Ground transportation for personal trips
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered:
  • IDS 297 (3)
Maximum Credit Hours: 3

Alex Johnson
Community Involvement & Service


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
February  Discuss Culture of Santiago
March  Spanish for Travelers 
April Service Best Practices 
May  Debrief and Pre-Departure 
Program Itinerary   
May 19 Depart from Springfield, MO for Santiago. Group will be picked up at the airport and travel to their homestay. 
May 20 Cultural orientation, guest lecture about the history and culture of the Dominican Republic.
May 21 The group will serve alongside a local agency focused on youth development, and join locals for a dance class. 
May 22 The group will serve alongside a local agency focused on youth development, and explore the history and culture of the city.
May 23 The group will serve alongside a local agency focused on youth development, and explore the history and culture of the city.
May 24 The group will depart for an excursion to Charcos. 
May 25 The group will explore Santiago with local community members. 
May 26 Service-Learning project with Minestrio del Medio Ambiente and general overview of the environment in the Dominican Republic. 
May 27 Excursion to Puerto Plata, and a group lunch. Return to Santiago. 
May 28 Depart Santiago for Springfield, MO. 
Post-Program Meetings Topic
May  Debrief and Reflection 
August  Discussion and Post-Travel Projects 

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.

The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!

Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students.  Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.

Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad.  Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad.  Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.


Billing & Procedures

  • Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
  • The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline.  This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee. 
  • The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
    • Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
  • MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
  • Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
  • If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf. 
  • When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.