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  • Locations: Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Creighton University 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsorship: Creighton Sponsored Program Program Type: Creighton Service-Learning, CU Service-Learning Program, Global Scholars Programs
Areas of Study: History, Human Rights, Justice & Peace Studies, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, Spanish & Hispanic Studies, Theology/Religious Studies, Volunteer/Service-Learning Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Housing Options: Host Family, University/Student Housing
Open to Non-Creighton Students?: Yes
Program Description:

When will you Encuentro?

Take this semester to stop and reflect on what really matters in your life. Learn about yourself, the world around you, and have a transformative experience. Creighton’s Service Learning Program Abroad, Encuentro Dominicano, is Creighton’s own semester-long academic service-learning program located in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

The curriculum and program are specifically designed to make it easy for students of all majors and all colleges to participate in Encuentro. You will take classes that satisfy various components of the MAGIS Core. Courses are taught by the Academic Director and other visiting Creighton faculty members. During the semester, students will spend time in a “campo” living with a host family and completing a service project. Space on each semester cohort fills fast; if you are interested, submit your Encuentro Dominicano application as soon as possible!


Encuentro Curriculum
Newly updated curriculum for Spring 2019 and beyond! Encuentro Dominicano students are required to take the three courses listed below, and may choose from the three electives available each semester for a total of up to 18 credit-hours.

The curriculum and program are specifically designed to make it easy for students of all majors and all colleges to participate in Encuentro. You will take classes that satisfy various components of the MAGIS Core. Courses are taught by the Academic Director and other visiting Creighton faculty members.

Course descriptions and syllabi are available on the Encuentro Dominicano website.

Students at the Spanish 300-level who are planning to participate in Encuentro Dominicano should NOT enroll in SPN313: Advanced Conversation on Omaha's campus. This course is strongly recommended in the Dominican Republic.

Elective Courses for Future Semesters
The following elective courses will be available to students every semester:
- Cuba & The US: Revolution & Restitution
- Culture & Society Through Cinema

A third elective course offering rotates depending upon the Creighton visiting faculty member participating.

Encuentro Dominicano students spend two hours twice a week working alongside Dominican agencies at local service sites.  Encuentro service site partners may vary each semester with the limits of availability, but partner sites have included organizations that work with children, teenagers and elder adults living in challenging circumstances.

Twice a semester, students head outside of the city of Santiago to one of the nearly 200 rural communities in which ILAC works. During their time in the campo, students live in solidarity with their new host families to learn first-hand the realities of life in the Dominican countryside.  They also work side by side with their community on a development project that helps accomplish ILAC's mission of providing a healthy and dignified life for Dominican campesinos.  


Housing in the Dominican Republic

The ILAC Center in the Dominican Republic is campus located a few kilometers outside of Santiago’s city center. Students will live in dorms that have a maximum capacity of four to six students per room.  Each room has its own private bathroom and shower.  Students will be supplied bed linens, bath towels and a mosquito net. Wi-Fi is available throughout the campus.

Other ILAC facilities that are available for student use include a library, volleyball court, running track, student lounge, dining hall, kitchen, a classroom, chapel, laundry room, health clinic, computer labs and several open space areas for studying or resting. As there are other people besides Encuentro Dominicano students that stay at ILAC, students will be expected to live in community not only with each other, but also with other student groups and medical teams.  

Check out 360 views of the ILAC Center!
ILAC Courtyard View // Encuentro Library Entrance & Stairs to Student Dorms // Cafeteria & Recreation Space // Campus Guest Cottages (casitas) and Running Track

During immersions in the rural campo, each student will live with his/her own Dominican host family.


Encuentro Dominicano is the same cost as an on-campus semester at Creighton University. For Spring 2019 students, Creighton provides a flight scholarship up to $1000 (round-trip ticket) to all Creighton University Encuentro students. If eligible, institutional aid and federal financial aid are portable. Tuition remission and FACHEX may be portable, please check with the CU Financial Aid Office for specific inquiries. Encuentro Dominicano is pre-approved by the Global Engagement Office (GEO) as part of an employee benefit remission program. Please meet with a Global Programs Coordinator regarding specific details about tuition remission opportunities abroad.

Financial Information for Creighton University Students***:
  Pay to Creighton Pay to Host University Student Responsibility N/A
Tuition X      
Room X      
Board X      
Fees X      
Housing App Fee       X
Visa     Approx. $108*  
Flight       Creighton Student Scholarship**
Creighton Global Security Program $100      
*$10USD is paid upon arrival in the Dominican Republic for a tourist visa card, and approximately $98USD is required upon exit.

**Creighton flight scholarship is available to Creighton University students only. Please check with the GEO regarding terms and conditions.

***Applicants from partner universities, please meet with your university's study abroad office to confirm specific program pricing. 

For questions, please e-mail, or call the Global Engagement Office at 402-280-2221.
To make a student appointment, please call the Global Engagement Office, or schedule online through Creighton Connect:
     - Go to
     - Click on “Access Creighton Connect”
     - Log in with your and Blue Password
     - Under Services, search “Muegge”
     - Click on “Members”, then “Schedule an Appointment”

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/05/2019 05/11/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.