Office of International Education and Development
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Florida A&M University (FAMU) joins the growing number of colleges and universities encouraging students to pursue an international experience during their matriculation. Recognizing that Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States and responding to the rapid growth of Hispanic populations within American communities, Florida A&M University implemented the study abroad program in the Dominican Republic. It offers students the opportunity to sharpen beginner Spanish language skills or to develop greater proficiency in advanced language skills while living in a Spanish-speaking country. Courses, with instruction given in English, are taught at the St. Thomas Aquinas Campus of Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in Santo Domingo. Students also study Caribbean-Dominican culture and history.
To assist students throughout the study abroad semester, the FAMU Study Abroad Center provides academic and personal support services. The office, housed on PUCMM's campus, offers computer services and arranges several recreational excursions for students. The center coordinator assigns and monitors lodging arrangements for students with selected Dominican families.
The Dominican Republic occupies two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, the second largest island in the Caribbean Sea. Sharing the island with the country of Haiti, it is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the North and the warm waters of the Caribbean to the South. It is a land of extremes, from the rugged mountainous ranges to steep valleys and lowland plains to the beautiful coastal areas. [See the Encarta Encyclopedia Article.]
Of the country's three major metropolitan areas, the largest is the capital city, Santo Domingo, on the southern coast. It is the second largest city in the Caribbean with a population of about 2.4 million. As the oldest city in the New World, it is the cultural center of the country with its historical attractions dating back to the fifteenth and sixteenth century, including national museums and art galleries. Students use the national museums and government offices to complete research projects related to topics covered in the classroom. Excursions to historical sites and areas outside of Santo Domingo introduce them to varied aspects of the Dominican culture.

The purpose of the program is to provide American students with an enriching undergraduate education which responds to the growing bilingual needs in many communities within the United States. The interdisciplinary curriculum supports most major fields of study or career goals that demand knowledge of Spanish or other Caribbean cultures. The academic program was developed by PUCMM and FAMU faculty to insure that it adheres to U.S. academic standards.

Program Details
Application Deadlines

Fall: Aug 20 - Dec 15
Spring: Jan 7 - May 2
Summer: May - July

Fall: May 1
Spring: Nov 15
Summer: April 15

Open to students with at least a 2.5 GPA. No previous Spanish language is required, put preferred
Prescribed Courses: Spanish Language

(Meets six hours, Mon - Fri)

Elementary I/Lab(4 hrs)
Elementary II/Lab
Intermediate I/Lab
Intermediate II/Lab
Advanced  (3 hrs)
Caribbean-Dominican  (3 hrs)
Culture (Hum 3930)
Caribbean Religion  (3 hrs)
Culture (Rel 3383)
Caribbean Cultural (3 hrs)
Patterns (Ant 3340)
Latin American History  (3 hrs)
(LAH 4130)


Directed Individual Study
3 to 6 hours of credit in a departmental approved course of study in the student’s major

Contact Information

Miss Karen Mitchell,
Education Abroad Coordinator
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL  32307
1-850-561-2520 (Fax) 

Cost Information
Costs Included
Not Included 

Fall: 15 Hours ($6011)/12 Hours ($5096)

Spring: 15 Hours ($6173)/12 Hours ($5259

Summer: 9 Hours ($3275)/ 6 Hours ($2650)


Enrollment deposit, instructional costs abroad, cultural excursions, lodging and board (2 meals per day), administrative fees, books, and local health insurance

airfare (approx. $600), lunch and spending money ($700)

Note: Students from International Consortium of HBCU’s member institutions can enroll through their home campus; Students from non-member institutions enroll through FAMU.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Contact Info

1740 S. Martin Luther King Blvd
302 Perry Paige
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: 850.599.3295
F: 850.561.2520