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New Program in Dominican Republic

IU's Department of Spanish and Portuguese announces new study abroad program in the Dominican Republic

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012

Professor Erik Willis

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, in conjunction with the Office of Overseas Study, is pleased to announce a new study abroad program in the Dominican Republic. The new program,organized and led by faculty members Erik Willis (Hispanic Linguistics) and Anke Birkenmaier (Caribbean Literature and Culture) will begin in May 2013.

The new program stands out among the already impressive list of study abroad programs that the Office of Overseas Study maintains in Spain and Latin America because it offers a complete immersion in the culture of the Dominican Republic in only four weeks. The program features family homestays, a service learning component, nature excursions, as well as several workshops at the Centro León, the country’s prime venue for modern art.

Two classes taught by IUB faculty and tailored to the requirements of IUB students, will offer introductions to Hispanic Caribbean linguistics and culture. The organizers will receive support from local staff of CIEE, a private study abroad company with years of experience in the Dominican Republic. An additional highlight of the program will be a visit to a pirate shipwreck in Bayahibe, discovered and preserved by IU’s own Underwater Science program. For more information, see

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