What is the cost of the program?
The cost of the program will be approximately $7,000. This includes Cornell tuition (4 credits), airfare, room and board, meals, retreats, in-country transportation, Visa, immunizations and personal expenses.
Where would I live?
Students live with home stay families during their 8 weeks in Santo Domingo, DR. Family homes are comfortable, with western toilets, showers, sinks and laundry access. Not all DR homes are equipped with AC; however, all homes have water access and limited electricity throughout the day.
Are there any prerequisites for this program?
Yes - all students must have taken NS 2600: Introduction to Global Health to participate in this program, and they should have an elementary/intermediate level of proficiency in the Spanish language. The entire program is conducted in Spanish; therefore, student applicants are expected to be comfortable with the Spanish language and have ideally completed at least one semester of Spanish while in college.
Moreover, once applicants have been accepted into the DR program, all participants must plan to enroll in a mandatory 1-credit pre-departure seminar (NS 4620) in the spring to prepare for their summer abroad.
Who should I contact if I have more questions?