This Interdisciplinary Field Study offers a 3-week overseas academic adventure in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The program provides an opportunity for students to increase their cross-cultural awareness, while also allowing them to gain an understanding of the complex relationships that exist between Dominicans and Haitians. Students will examine public health and disparity issues from a social justice perspective. The June Minimester includes homestays with local families, language classes, guest lectures from local experts, service learning projects in the community, and excursions to cultural and historical sites. While abroad, students will immerse themselves in Dominican-Haitian culture, rich and unique history, breathtaking natural beauty, and tasty cuisine.
There may be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed, and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance. There may also be at least one class session held after returning to Atlanta for debriefing. Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
Program activities include
- City Orientation Tour
- Caribbean Beach BBQ
- Tour of Prison Najavo
- Visit to Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo
- Music and Dance Excursion to Las Ruinas de San Francisco
- Guided Tour of Zona Colonial
- Service Learning Project at Doña Chucha
In Santo Domingo, participants will be placed in homestays with local Dominican families. This provides the opportunity for cultural immersion to experience first-hand the local customs, cuisine, and language. In Sosua, students will transition into comfortable hotels. All accommodations are based on double occupancy.
To participate in study abroad programs at GSU, all students must be in good academic standing. This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors. Students from other institutions may apply as transient students with the consent of their academic advisor and department chair. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Directors.
- Transient students should visit the
Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
- International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at
(404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Participants who successfully complete the program’s courses will receive 3
semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. This course will be interdisciplinary in focus and taught by professors from Public Health and Criminal Justice. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $3,725 for undergraduate students, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
- Round-trip airfare
- Homestay & hotel accommodations
- Most meals
- Travel between cities & all program-related transportation
- International insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Passport or visa fees
- Course reading materials
- Additional meals
- Excess baggage charges and tips
- Personal expenses
- Travel not associated with the program
January 25, 2019: $800 deposit due
February 25, 2019: $2,000 payment due
Early April 2019: Program fee posted to PAWs
Early May 2019: Remaining balance due along with tuition & fees
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about
other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303