The St. John’s University School of Education offers graduate
students the unique opportunity to develop awareness of Latin
culture in addition to proficiency in Spanish by participating its
immersion program in the Dominican Republic.
Designed for current and future teachers within inner-city,
multiethnic public schools, the for-credit program aims to
sensitize participants to the learning patterns and needs of
The summer program is administered jointly by St. John’s and
Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, a Catholic
university located in Santiago. Up to 20 participants will immerse
themselves in six-hour-a-day Spanish language courses. They also
will take a course on the psychology and sociology of language and
reside with neighboring host families.
In addition to coursework, participants will be required to
engage in various educational field trips, including excursions to
the historic Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo, Los Haitises National
Park and El Barrio Wilmore in Samaná, as well as trips to local
museums, schools and orphanages.
The program will be preceded by a pre-departure student
orientation on St. John’s Queens campus and followed up with a
two-day recap seminar, also to be held in Queens. Read more
about this exciting graduate opportunity.