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  • Locations: Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program College/School: College of Sciences and Mathematics
Department: COSAM Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Homestay, Hotel Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): Kimberly Mulligan,
Majors Eligible: All STEM Majors Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: FR-Freshman, JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 3.0 Applicant Requirement: Must be first international experience
Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required Physical/Environmental Considerations: Extensive walking, Hiking, Stairs, Water Related Activities
Program Description:


Inclusion Abroad & Water Quality in the Dominican Republic


Map of the Dominican Republic
Did you know that in developing countries, 70% of industrial wastes are dumped untreated into waters, polluting the usable water supply? On a global level, every day, 2 million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste are discharged into the world's water, the equivalent of the weight of the entire human population. The goal of this study abroad program is to expose students traditionally underrepresented in STEM (ethnic minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and first-generation college students) to global engagement by participating in a service learning program to enhance critical thinking and academic study skills. Additionally this program will provide opportunities for personal and professional growth while making a difference in the surrounding community. Students will be enrolled in a course during the spring which is centered around themes related to water quality including:

1. Drinking water and human health
2. The role of water in socioeconomic and cultural development
3. Water conservation and sustainability.  

Once in the Dominican Republic, students will expand upon their spring academic coursework at the National School for the Environment and Natural Resources.  Students will be exposed to ways in which they can truly make a difference in an area that affects everyone’s way of life. 

View the STEM GLIDE video to learn more about the program. Download a copy of the Glide flyer- 2020.

There will be walking, hiking use of stairs as part of the program activities. There are water related activities including optional snorkeling and whitewater rafting. 

To be eligible to apply, students must:
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Major in a STEM discipline
  • Never traveled outside the USA


  • 01 December 2019: Applications close
  • 09 December- 13 December: Applicant Interviews
  • 20 December: Participants selected
  • 08 January 2020: Date Auburn classes begin
  • 01 May 2020: Date On-campus course ends
  • 19 July 2020: Date of group travel to the Dominican RepublicGroup Service Project
  • 29 July 2020: Date of group return to the USA

Participants take SCMH 5940: Global Study / Travel in Sciences and Mathematics (2 credits) during Spring 2020 and travel to the Dominican Republic in July 2020. 

There are no student costs for this program. Program costs are subsidized by COSAM Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity. 


Students will be housed in hotels and spend one night with a host family. 

Group in DRStarfish Group


Whitewater Rafting

Dominican Republic 

The Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation by area (after Cuba) at 18,705 sq mi. The country is third by population in the Caribbean with approximately 10 million people, of which approximately three million live in the metropolitan area of Santo Domingo, the capital city. The island of the Dominican Republic has been inhabited by the native Taíno people since the 7th century. Today the Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the Caribbean, it is home to the Caribbean's tallest mountain peak (Pico Duarte) and the Caribbean's largest lake and point of lowest elevation (Lake Enriquillo). 


We will take a tour of the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo and other various historic sites. Students will also get the chance to enjoy the National Botanical Gardens as well as a visit to the Monte Alto Coffee Factory. Participants will get to see the Salto Jimenoa waterfall with optional snorkeling, participate in whitewater rafting and so much more!


  • If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible.
  • If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.
  • No visa is needed for U.S. citizens.


Contact Program Director: Dr. Kimberly Mulligan-


This program is currently not accepting applications.