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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: LMU applicants only
  • Program Costs: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: -Sophomore, Junior, Senior Housing Option(s): Hotel
Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Not for Credit Study Abroad Advisor: Pamela Underwood
Click here for a definition of this term Program Meeting Required: YES
Program Description:
First To Go Abroad Program: Santiago, Dominican Republic

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The First to Go Study Abroad Program offers an intense, focused exploration of race and identity issues in the Dominican Republic. As an extremely diverse nation with a complicated history of foreign occupation, the DR is the perfect location to discuss ideas of national, racial, and social identity. As a cohort of first-generation college students, LMU students will have the change to examine cross-cultural differences and similarities in the greater context of higher education access and attainment. Daily activities, excursions, and lectures will give students a solid grounding in Dominican history and society, and will allow numerous opportunities for hands-on cultural learning and exchange. While no credit is awarded for this program, students can expect to learn a great deal. Short but highly relevant nightly readings will be required, and all students will be expected to participate fully in program activities and discussions.

Admission Deadline - January 31, 2019 - All the applications will be reviewed after the deadline.
Advising Meeting Required - Please see the bottom of the page for dates, times, and locations.


Santiago de los Caballeros, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, is surrounded by mountains in the lush valley of the Cibao region. Places of historical, cultural, and ecological interest are nearby, and it is just a little over an hour’s drive to the Atlantic Coast. Known as La Ciudad Corazón (City of the Heart), Santiago is the commercial and cultural center of the fertile Cibao Valley region, housing over 100 industrial free trade zone factories, the León Jimenez cultural center, and the commercial street of Calle del Sol. Although it is a growing city with a population exceeding 800,000, Santiago retains many features of a small town.

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Participants will stay with carefully selected local host families, and will be given two meals daily in their homes along with healthy snacks and juices. Students will also receive a meal stipend for the 3rd meal each day unless another group meal is provided.

paige and natalie


Below is a list of co-curricular site visits and activities. All admission fees and transportation are provided.

  • Tour of Centro Cultural Leon´s Jiménes anthropological exhibit 

  • Historical city bus tour 

  • Site visits to Santo Cerro and La Vega Vieja 

  • Walking tour of Santiago´s Haitian Market and Mercado Modelo 

  • Visit Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration 

  • Visit sites relevant to the history of Las Hermanas Mirabal

  • View a documentary about Dominican Carnaval; discussion afterward 

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paige at batay

  santo cerro cross
The program will also provide two full-day excursions:

  • Batey Bayaguana visit and fruit-tree planting project, including a guest lecture by Dr. Lesly Manigat

  • Playa Ensenada beach trip and snorkeling option at Cayo Arena on last day in the country 

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01/17 @ 4pm  VDA 101
01/22 @ 1pm  ARC Room 201

APPLICATION WORKSHOPS - Submit your Application!
01/24 TBA
01/30 TBA 



Alexia Pineda, M.A.
Program Coordinator
First To Go 

Daum Hall

Study Abroad Office
Von Der Ahe 130

This program is currently not accepting applications.