Prior to their departure and on-site orientation, students will receive a lengthy and detailed pre-departure Online Orientation in the Student Portal which serves as a primer for their study abroad experience in Dominican Republic. Although the on-site orientation will cover the nitty-gritty of life in Dominican Republic, the Online Orientation allows students to read up on pertinent information before their arrival in Santiago. It covers academics, culture, useful phrases, food, housing, the university, ISA facilities, money matters, visas, and numerous other details that students also learn about during their on-site orientation. Of course, students are always welcome to contactt the Dominican Republic Site Specialist with any questions.
Participants will fly into Santiago's Cibao International Airport (STI) where ISA resident staff will greet students before traveling with students to their housing. As part of their orientation, students will receive an introduction to Dominican society and culture, and take a tour of the city. Resident staff will also introduce students to the academic portion of the program, including reviewing students' course selections and helping them to prepare for the placement exam.