Criminal Justice Study Abroad – Spring Break

Dominican Republic Spring Break Study Abroad Program


Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - February 28, 2013: View of a street in the colonial district in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic during twilight. Several cars can be seen parked by the narrow streets and a white church can be seen in the distance.




Program Description:

The Interdisciplinary Global Seminar study abroad program offers a 10-day overseas academic adventure on the southern coast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The program provides an opportunity for students to increase their cross-cultural awareness, while also allowing them to gain an understanding and appreciation for the way of life in the Caribbean. Students will study social justice and health disparities from an international, comparative perspective. The Spring Break program includes guest lectures from local experts, homestays with local families, a service learning project in the community, and excursions to cultural and historical sites. Classes are held throughout the spring semester in a hybrid format (online and in-person), culminating with a study tour during Spring Break filled with cross-cultural activities. While abroad, students will immerse themselves in the Dominican culture, rich and unique history, breathtaking natural beauty, and tasty cuisine. View brochure


Participants will stay in comfortable homestays with local families.


Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - February 23, 2013: Fruit vendor preparing fruits for his customer in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic




The program is open to all GSU students, with priority given to Panther Success Academy students currently in their freshman year. Students from all disciplines are also welcome to apply.  Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Directors.

Application Information:

Students interested in applying should click HERE and choose “Apply Now” to access the application.
Application Deadline: October 31, 2017

Transient/Visiting Students: Please see Transient Student page at  Also, please follow the instructions on the Transient/ Visiting Student Procedures for Studying Abroad.


International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.


dr-oceanview     Punta Cana, Dominican Republic- July 20, 2013:  Tourist walking on the beach and take a tour of the bungalows-stalls with souvenirs. Locals sitting in front of stalls



Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.


  • City Orientation Tour
  • University Visit (Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo)
  • Excursion to Playa Juan Dolio
  • Dominican Cooking Class
  • Music and Dance Excursion to Las Ruinas de San Francisco
  • Guided Tour of Zona Colonial
  • Latin Dance Class

Boca Chica, Dominican Republic - February 12, 2013: Resident people celebrate Caribbean Carnival on the Beach



This section highlights a tentative program itinerary.


Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.

Students will earn two credits towards Area B of the Core through participation in the course Perspectives 2002 Interdisciplinary Global Seminar: A Field Study in the Dominican Republic. This course will be taught by two professors from Public Health and Criminal Justice and will be interdisciplinary in focus. There are no prerequisites for the course so any major is welcome. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.

Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $2,000 PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

Program Cost Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from Atlanta
  • All meals
  • Ground transportation to all program activities
  • Housing accommodations
  • Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance


Program Cost Does Not Include

  • Georgia State tuition and fees
  • Course reading materials
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses and excess baggage charges


This section highlights a preferred payment structure, including installment payments and deadlines, and non-refundable dates per installment. It also states how to send funds and to whom. Usually money order and cashier’s checks are accepted and should be addressed to Georgia State University. Credit and debit card payments are also allowed, please check with your Business Manager to determine any restrictions or additional costs.


Date: October 31, 2017  $500 deposit upon acceptance into the program

Date: November 15, 2017  $500 second payment

Date: December 4, 2017: Program cost charged to student account

Date: January 2018:  $1000 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for spring semester.

All payments are non-refundable upon receipt


Program Deposit Payments: Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS.  Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.


Program Payments and Remaining Program Balance:  Other than the initial program deposit, all program payments—along with the remaining program balance—will be billed directly to your student account.  Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.


Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit and select the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 for more information.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 404-413-2400 for information on how financial aid might apply toward the program.