How much is the Dominican peso worth?
ATM machines are plentiful in the Dominican Republic and using your ATM card will generally give you the best exchange rate available! However, check with your bank to find out how much you will be charged each time you make a withdrawal. It can be up to $5! At times, ATM machines are out of service, so please bring some cash with you!
What is the Dominican Peso worth compared to the dollar? With the Peso is in constant flux, please see www.oanda.com for up-to-date exchange rates. While traveling, it may be helpful to carry a portable currency converter (found at travel stores). Sometimes in the form of a keychain, this is a handy gadget (like a calculator) into which you enter the exchange rate (depending on the exchange rate at the time and the country in which you are located) save, and then simply enter the prices and the device converts the amounts into dollars.
Cost of Living
While Santiago can be expensive to the untrained traveler, there are many ways to live comfortably on a budget, if you pay attention to what you spend and look out for different deals and events offered throughout the city. The ISA Santiago office also has several books and other resources that can help you get by living in Santiago while still taking advantage of what the great city has to offer. Remember that eating and shopping locally will always help you save some money!
When budgeting, keep in mind that it is always better to overestimate than to underestimate. To give you an idea of common approximate expenses and commodities a typical student will incur, please see the brief list below.
Additional Estimated Expenses
The ISA program cost includes items such as tuition and fees, housing, insurance, and more. To view what is included in your program price, please visit the "What's Included" section of the ISA Santiago program page.
The "Additional Estimated Expenses" sheet in the "Accepted Students" section of the ISA website has the following estimated expenses listed:
The ISIC card is an internationally recognized student ID card that gives students thousands of discounts worldwide from travel to cinema, meals and more. ISA students who purchase a flight through STA are eligible to receive an ISIC card.
For students who do not book their ticket through STA, it is recommended that they look into purchasing an ISIC card for their studies in the Dominican Republic. To find out how to get an ISIC card, visit www.isic.org. Once there, you can find information on discounts in the DR, and what is needed to obtain an ISIC card.