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So you think you're Encuentro material? If you're excited about learning in a unique environment, want a challenging service site, question what it means to be part of a just society and you're OK with a little discomfort - you just might be ready for this program!

Encuentro Dominicano is unlike any typical study abroad experience. Creighton University has maintained its presence as a Catholic/Jesuit institution in the Dominican Republic for over 40 years. For this reason, Encuentro Dominicano seeks students who will maintain our integrity with the Dominican people and commit themselves wholeheartedly to this experience.

Step 1: Get the Info

There are many ways to get information on the program.

  • Contact the Encuentro Dominicano campus coordinator at encuentro@creighton.edu
  • Attend a Study Abroad Info Session or Schedule an Appointment in OIP.  Please contact Ms. Lizzy Curran, International Programs Advisor lizzycurran@creighton.edu or 402-280-4193 in the Office of International Programs for more information. 
  • Browse our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
  • Talk to past students, the Encuentro student coordinator, or faculty who have taught classes in the DR for the Encuentro Program.  

Step 2: Submit the Required Application Materials

You can start with a simple online application.  Once this is completed, you will be contacted with a timeline for how to continue.  

In order to complete the application, you will also be required to submit the following documents:

  • Signed Acknowledgement Form (signed by student and parent/guardian)
  • 1-4 page Statement of Purpose
  • Advisor Recommendation Form
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Academic Transcript
  • Recent Photo

For more detailed information about the application process, please visit the Office of International Program's Encuentro Application Page.  There's no application fee, so it doesn't hurt to apply even if you're still not convinced this program is for you.

*Please note that students on disciplinary or academic probation the semester before the proposed term abroad or during the proposed term abroad are not eligible to study abroad or participate in the Encuentro Dominicano program.

Step 3: Prepare for your Interview

Once your application is processed, you will be informed about upcoming interviews.  If you don't hear anything, or need to plan before you hear back, check the Encuentro Dominicano homepage for upcoming interview dates and deadlines.

Step 4: Plan your Departure

You will also need to attend the pre-departure orientation and register for your international insurance. Check with Heather for more details. If you're not sure what is required, visit the OIP website at: http://www.creighton.edu/internationalprograms/forms/.

Step 5: Pack your Bags!

Well it probably isn't necessary yet.  However, please keep your eye out for pre-departure information from Encuentro staff in the Dominican Republic, as well as an invitation to an orientation session at Creighton.  You can also start reading up on the country, its history and the information you'll need to be an informed traveler! 

For Additional Information:

Email Encuentro Dominicano
(encuentro@creighton.edu)