Globalization of Education

January 2017

This program is designed to provide an understanding of the socio-cultural, political history and economic development of the Dominican Republic. Through service learning, students will work with Blue Missions, an NGO committed to making clean water and sanitation a reality for everyone. Together, we will build a clean water system or sanitation projects for Dominicans in the rural area. Because of our work, dozens of Dominican families will have clean water and sanitation for the first time in their lives. Besides working, we will tour the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo, the first city ever built in the Americas, as well as visit museums, an organic farm and the Dominican Congress. We will interact with Dominicans in local communities and bring positive changes to their lives.


Students will earn 3 URI credits for PSC 415: Dynamics of Social Change in the Caribbean. No previous Spanish language study required.

Course work will be supplemented with cultural activities and excursions such as visits to Santo Domingo, Esperanza, Samana and Santa Maria, workshops on the political history of the Dominican Republic, visits to museums and the Colonial Zones and cultural presentations.

To view a video about Blue Missions, click here.

For photos and additional information on the Dominican Republic, view the Promotion Pamphlet.


The Dominican Republic is in the beautiful Caribbean, sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and constituting the eastern two-thirds of land. The landscape is forested and mountainous, with valleys, plains and plateaus. The soil is fertile with excellent beaches on the north, southeast and east coasts, rising up to the mountains. Due to its diverse topography, the island’s climate shows considerable variation over short distances and is the most varied of all the Antilles. The annual average temperature is 77 °F (25 °C). Visitors enjoy a welcoming atmosphere filled with vibrant music, art, merengue, and distinct cuisine with Spanish, African, and Taino influences.

Accommodations and Meals:

Students will stay in double-occupancy rooms while in the Dominican Republic. Breakfast and lunch will be prepared and provided Dominican style.

Program Cost: TBA

Program Fee Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Some Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Health insurance

NOTE: All fees subject to change.

Program Deadlines:

Application Deadline: TBA

Final Payment Due: TBA


For more information, please contact:

Program Director
Ping Xu
Department of Political Science

URI Faculty-Led Programs
37 Lower College Road
International Center

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