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Dominican Republic Summer Program

Colorful blue wall on a house in the dominican republicDominican Republic (DR) Summer Program

We anticipate offering a Dominican Republic travel experience in May 2022.  Check back in Fall 2021 for details.

Program Dates

  • Take BUS 2000: Foundations for International Programs SO AM during  second half of Spring Semester (1 credit)
  • Travel  in May for 2 weeks
  • Take BUS 2000: Foundations for International Programs SO AM during Summer Semester (0.5 credits, May only)

Country Overview

The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with the smaller country of Haiti. For the past 20 years, the DR has been one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America. However, income inequality, high unemployment, and underemployment remain long standing challenges. The economy is highly dependent on the United States which receives half of the DR's exports and sends about 40% of the DR's imports. Long-standing ties between these two countries are evident as remittances represent about 7% of GDP. Major industries include tourism, sugar processing, gold mining, textiles, cement, tobacco, electrical components, and medical devices.

Additional Information

Program Details

bright and colorful food from the dominican republicProgram Objectives 

  • Engage in a SEED project in partnership with Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) in its after care program, teaching survivors of human trafficking how to become economically self-reliant.
  • Develop global awareness through visits to businesses, government offices, international organizations, and significant cultural sites
  • Gain insight into opportunities in the global marketplace and learn how organizational leaders keep their organizations competitive in a constantly changing environment
  • Challenge students to think more broadly about how they will add value in the organizations where they will work

Program Requirementstwo dominican republican boys walking together on a dirt road

  • Good academic standing
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Submission of a complete application
  • Interview with program leader (to be scheduled once application is submitted)
  • Mandatory enrollment in BUS 2000: Foundations for International Programs SO AM during second half of Spring Semester (1 credit)
  • Mandatory enrollment during Summer Semester in BUS 2000: Foundations for International Programs SO AM (0.5 credits, May only)
  • Ability to walk up to 30-60 minutes, including on uneven ground, in hot, humid weather. Elevators or escalators may not be available in some buildings. Ability to stand up to an hour. If accommodation is needed, contact the USU Disability Resource Center (

Program Cost

  • TBA

Students can apply for an Opportunity Scholarship which will help cover some of the program cost. Amount TBD.

The Opportunity Scholarship application is currently closed. Contact Liz Allred at for more information.

FYI: Filling out a FAFSA application is not required to qualify for an Opportunity Scholarship for a global learning experience.

What do the program costs cover?

  • What is included: Program cost includes the program deposit of $200, the cost of summer tuition, and the following travel arrangements: in-country program transportation (air, train, bus, taxi), shared twin or triple hotel room with daily breakfast, program visits, excursions, medical/evacuation insurance, tips, portages, taxes, program field guide, and administrative costs.
  • What is not included: The following expenses are not included in the program cost and are the responsibility of each participant: roundtrip airfare (for example, a round trip ticket from SLC to the first program location, returning from the last program location back to SLC), transportation to/from the SLC airport, cost of passport and any required visas, immunizations, lunch and dinner during the travel period, and any personal expenses such as laundry, Internet, souvenirs, etc.

If students require assistance purchasing their round trip ticket, please contact Liz Allred, Program Director for Global Learning, at or drop by her office in EBB 309.


A large decorative statue in the dominican republicApplications

Due to COVID-19, applications are currently closed. Check back in mid-December 2020 for updates.

Please contact Liz Allred or Ginger Gonzalez at with any questions.

Travel Schedule

close-up of a monkey's faceSchedule TBD


  • Students will share a twin or triple room depending on participant numbers.
  • Hotels will be either three or four star.

Travel Preparation

A sandy beach with palm trees and clear waterVisa Requirements

  •  US citizens will receive a tourist visa upon entering the DR. The cost is around US$10 and allows for a stay of up to 30 days. International student visa requirements vary and may require travel to another city to obtain a visa prior to departure. All costs associated with obtaining a visa are the responsibility of the student.
  • The Office of Global Learning will assist all students in obtaining required visas.


Apply for a U.S. Passport

Helpful Information On Health and Safety

U.S. Department of State
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


For More Information, Contact:

Russell Fisher 

Russell Fisher

Lecturer and Associate Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship
Location: HH438A (Center for Entrepreneurship)
Office Phone: 435.797.4456

Liz Allred

Liz Allred

Program Director, Global Learning
Location: EBB 309 (FJ Center)
Office Phone: 435.797.7621