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*WCU Summer in the Dominican Republic - Social Work in Santiago, Dominican Republic
Santiago, Dominican Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options:
Hotel/Hostel Area of Study: Social Work
Program Type: Service Learning, WCU Faculty-Led Study Abroad Credit Type: Direct WCU Credit
Program Description:
The program will increase educational opportunities for graduate social work students in the areas of human rights and international social work practice.  Students will travel across the island while being emerged in educational activities related to personal identity, respecting cultural differences, developing intercultural understanding, and bridging cultural differences. 

Santiago, Dominican Republic

All participants will stay in double occupancy hotel rooms for the duration of the program.

The language of instruction on this program is English.

SWG 590: Human Rights Exploration (3 credit hours)

The program will include guest lectures on Gender Rights, LGBT Rights in the DR, and Haitian Immigration policy.  Co-curricular site visits will include Accion Callejera, Oné Respe, Niños con una Esperanza, Altagracia Project, a historic district and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a visit to a batey community and an international market on the Haitian border.  Students will also participate in a 3 day service learning project.

In addition to the regular WCU tuition rates for the 3 credit hour course, all participants will pay WCU a program fee of $1,910 (paid in 3 parts after acceptance into the program) and a nonrefundable study abroad application fee of $100 (billed through the WCU Bursar's office upon applying to the program). 

Costs not included in the amounts above include the following out-of-pocket expenses:
Round-trip airfare to Santiago (estimated $650)
Passport/entry fees (estimated $150)
Some meals and spending money (approximately $200, depending on individual preferences).

West Chester University has made a commitment to increase international study abroad and service learning opportunities, including providing resources to make studying abroad a realistic choice for many students. Students are encouraged to apply for the scholarships listed. The WCU Center for International Programs provides a comprehensive listing of scholarships and awards for international study.  Visit CIP Scholarships & Awards for more information.
WCU Center for International Programs Study Abroad Travel Award
WCU Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship
WCU Fredrick Douglass Society Scholarship
WCU Institute for Women Fund
WCU Foundation James McErlane Scholarship

*All students are HIGHLY encouraged to apply for these funds.*

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This program is currently not accepting applications.