FAQs

Encuentro FAQs

How much does Encuentro Dominicano cost?

How much does Encuentro Dominicano cost?

Encuentro Dominicano is the same cost as an on-campus semester at Creighton and all of your federal and institutional aid will apply.

Every study abroad student, including Encuentro Dominicano students, will be assessed a $100.00 Global Travel Security Fee which covers enrollment in the Creighton Global Travel Security Program and premium travel and emergency medical insurance through ISIC. This is assessed in your Creighton University bill.

The optional elective Cuba and the US: Revolution and Restitution requires an additional immersion feel of $1,200.00 USD. This cost is added on to the student's Creighton NEST Account.

Additional expenses will include spending money for travel, night life and souvenirs, Encuentro does also provide many opportunities to participate in activities at no cost.

**Non-Creighton applicants, please speak with your study abroad office to confirm specific program pricing.

Where will we live in the Dominican Republic?

Where will we live in the Dominican Republic?

You will live and eat most of your meals at the ILAC Center (Institute for Latin American Concern). The ILAC Center is located in Santiago, Dominican Republic, and is a non-profit Jesuit institution that houses volunteers to serve the rural areas of the Dominican Republic. The ILAC Center also has a church, and therefore it serves as the parish for the community around it.

The ILAC Center is a fenced in compound with a security gate and guard that is safe, clean, and extraordinarily beautiful. One must remember, though, that we are guests of a Roman Catholic MISSION, and that our behavior, (faculty, staff, and students) must always respect this fact.

Can I cover any CORE requirements if I study abroad in the DR?

Can I cover any CORE requirements if I study abroad in the DR?

YES! The curriculum and program are specifically designed to make it easier for students of all majors and all colleges to participate. We will have a variety of Creighton professors traveling down to teach intensive three week courses as well as a variety of online courses that students can arrange with professors here at Creighton.

Is the Dominican Republic safe?

Is the Dominican Republic safe?

The Dominican Republic is extremely safe for wise travelers, but just like in any foreign country, visitors must apply common sense and awareness.  Encuentro participants live at the ILAC center, which is a guarded, enclosed area.  Participants are also given a thorough orientation on how to stay safe when traveling outside of the center. The Academic and Student Life directors remain in contact with the US Embassy in order to stay informed about any incidents which may occur.  In general, participants in all of ILAC's programs feel safe and at home in the Dominican Republic, and we have many students that choose to return to the DR after the end of their Encuentro semester, either on another Creighton program or on their own!

What if I don't speak Spanish very well or at all?

What if I don't speak Spanish very well or at all?

No problem! Immersion is an amazing way to learn a language very quickly. If you are open and willing to try, language skills can vastly improve simply because you have to use them. While we encourage students to have completed at least one semester of college-level Spanish, exceptions can be made for those eager and willing to learn.

What if I already have an advanced level of Spanish? Will I be challenged?

What if I already have an advanced level of Spanish? Will I be challenged?

Absolutely! Our students work with a Dominican professor from a local university who tailors his courses specifically to the level of the students.  Students are divided into groups according to their Spanish level, and when necessary independent studies are arranged to ensure students are enabled to grow in their Spanish-speaking ability.  Additionally, through service and immersions students are able to grow and adapt their Spanish as far as they choose to push themselves; whether through learning local slang, reading or creating documents in Spanish, or simply engaging in challenging conversations with the people they meet.  Our on-site library also has many books in Spanish, both educational and recreational, to help expand vocabulary and fully immerse in the language.

Who is on the Encuentro Dominicano team?

Who is on the Encuentro Dominicano team?

Ms. Kat Turco, Director of Student Life, is responsible for major student life decisions relating to students.

Ms. Margarita Dubocq, the Academic Director, is responsible for all issues of an academic nature.

In Omaha, Ms. Jill Muegge, Encuentro Dominicano Campus Coordinator, works with future and returning Encuentro students on Creighton’s campus and with our collaborative partnerships across the country.