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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:


Challenge Yourself. Love Others. Build Community.


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 facilitated through a collaborative effort by the Global Engagement Office (GEO), the Department of Residence Life, and the Division of Student Services. 

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 Dominicano is the same cost as an on-campus semester at Creighton University. For Fall 2018 students, Creighton provides a flight scholarship up to $1000 (round-trip ticket) to all 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 Scholarship
Creighton Security Program $100      

*$10USD is paid upon arrival in the Dominican Republic for a tourist visa card, and approximately $98USD is required upon exit.

**Non-Creighton applicants, please meet with your university's study abroad office to confirm specific program pricing.



Encuentro Dominicano has a set academic core of 12 credit hours, and students have the capability to take additional elective courses up to 18 credit hours.

The set curriculum includes:
- EDP 362: The Dominican Republic in Context, 3CR (CORE fulfillment: Doing Social Science)

- EDP 461: The Crucified People of Today, 3CR (CORE fulfillment: Intersections)

- SPN 318: Spanish Immersion in the Dominican Republic, 3CR

- SPN 111 – SPN 999: Spanish taught at YOUR current level, 3CR

Elective opportunities include:
- Fall 2018 Visiting Professor Course: Cuba & the US: Revolution and Restitution. (SPN330 / HIST330 / PLS330, 3CR). This course is instructed by Creighton Faculty Member Drs. Ryan Spangler & Erica Moreno. Course includes a week-long immersion in Havana, Cuba over Fall Break! Additional course fees apply.

- Fall 2018 Visiting Professor Course: Gender, Work, and Organizing. (COM462 / WGS462, CR). This course is instructed by Creighton Faculty Member Dr. Erika Kirby

- Culture & Society through Cinema – this course is offered through a local partner university in the city of Santiago. Creighton course equivalency: SPN571 (3CR). The language of instruction is Spanish for non-native speakers (intermediate-level).

- Spring 2019 Visiting Professor Course: Biblical Traditions CORE, course name and number TBD

- Students are also permitted to take online Creighton courses if required.

Encuentro Students with Kids


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.   



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.



The deadline to apply to study abroad in the Fall semester is March 1, and the deadline to apply to study abroad in the Spring semester is October 1. Along with the application requirements on the Jays Abroad portal, Encuentro Dominicano applicants will also participate in an in-person interview. Space is limited and each semester cohort fills fast, submit your Encuentro Dominicano application as soon as possible!

Students must meet all eligibility requirements as outlined in Creighton’s Study Abroad Policies & Procedures. Minimum required GPA: 2.50

Please direct any questions regarding Encuentro Dominicano to Jill Muegge, Encuentro Dominicano Campus Coordinator, at or (402) 280-2221.

Make sure to follow Encuentro Dominicano on Facebook and on Instagram at @CreightonInTheDR


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 04/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/18/2018 12/15/2018
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.