Year — Fall 2020
Aug 18-21, 2020 → Jul 9-12, 2021
The Dominican Republic is an ideal place to study abroad in high school, with its cultural diversity, beautiful tropical weather, and natural wonders. You’ll be sure to find welcoming people with a great sense of humor who are happy to share all the things they consider to be muy dominicano. Discover the highest mountain and deepest valley in the Caribbean, as well as rainforests, deserts, and white sand beaches when you study abroad in the Dominican Republic.
During your time abroad, you’ll notice that Dominicans are very fond of dancing to merengue and bachata. Merengue is the musical genre most often associated with the Dominican Republic and has been part of the Dominican musical repertoire since the mid-19th century. Dominicans often go out to dance or organize parties in their homes, where dancing is the main activity. Be prepared to embrace this fun cultural tradition with people of all ages!
By attending a local Dominican high school, you’ll be fully immersed in the Spanish language and Dominican life. What you learn at school will sink in at night as you chat and connect with your host family. With optional excursions to Pico Duarte, Punta Rucia, the East Coast, and the South Coast, your year abroad in the Dominican Republic is sure to be unforgettable!
High school in the Dominican Republic is in session from August to June, 7:45 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. You will be attending a public or private school. Dominican students are required to wear uniform.
The subjects established for each of the grade levels are the following:
2nd Year (10th Grade) Spanish Grammar; Logic, Algebra and Geometry; English and French as a second language; Physics and Biology; Latin American History and Geography; Civics; Art; Religion; Electricity; Computer Science; Physical Education, and Guidance Counselling.
3rd Year (11th Grade) Spanish Literature; Trigonometry; English and French as a second Language; Chemistry and Biology; Dominican History and Geography; Civics; Art; Religion; Agriculture; Computer Science; Physical Education, and Guidance Counselling.
4th Year (12th Grade) Latin American Literature; Pre-Calculus, English and French as a second language; Physics and Chemistry; Dominican Sociology and Economics; Civics, Art; Religion; Commercial Education; Computer Science; Physical Education, and Guidance Counselling.
The extracurricular activities in each school vary, but you are likely to find sports, music, dance, and theatre. AFS encourages you to take an active part in any extracurricular activities that interest you – they’re a great way to make friends at school and engage with your host community.
All exchange students will live with host families in different cities located all over the country: countryside, on the mountains, near the beaches, in small towns or in bigger cities like the capital. Families may seem more conservative than you’re used to in the U.S., but you can expect your family to be extremely caring and protective of you and your host siblings! Dominican families are often tight-knit, so your social life will likely be centered on family or a small group of your host siblings’ friends. It’s common to find multiple generations living in the same home and showing respect for elders is important.
Host families tend to think that if a student eats a lot, they will be happy. When you arrive, you may be served first at meals as a gesture of hospitality. You can expect to share lots of meals of rice, beans, plantains, and many other delicious local foods prepared by your host family.
"Life-changing" is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad. "Transformed" is another one.
When you return home, if you’re like most AFSers, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and developed the confidence and resilience to accomplish anything you set out to do.
That transformation isn’t only visible to you, though – others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers. Second language fluency, intercultural competence, creativity, and critical reasoning will help you succeed, whatever path you take. "Life-changing" means it’s only the beginning.
It’s not just an adventure abroad; it’s a whole new reality. The perspectives and personal connections you gained will stay with you and likely draw you back to the second home you found in the Dominican Republic.
A new you awaits. Apply for High School Study Abroad in the Dominican Republic!
Please Note: Travel date ranges are meant to help with general scheduling and are subject to change; please don’t book any travel based on these dates until you’ve received confirmation from AFS. All programs, prices, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.