The objective of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop oral and written Spanish skills, as well as to learn about the Caribbean society, its economy, and culture. This objective will be achieved through university courses, internships, and community and social services that place students directly within the mainstream of Dominican society.
The academic program is 14-16 weeks long for both the fall and spring semesters, and 8-9 weeks for the summer semester.
Spanish courses are organized into four levels. A basic level for students with no or minimal knowledge of Spanish as a Second Language; an intermediate level, an advanced level, and a superior level for students ready to begin taking classes in Spanish from the university curriculum.
The first 3 levels (basic, intermediate, and advanced) are of 9 credits during the fall and spring semesters and 6 credits during the summer. The superior course is of 6 credits in each of the three semesters. Each credit is equivalent to 15 hours of class. Students that select nine credits of Spanish can expect 135 hours of classroom study for one semester, with additional time for personal study, language practices, and social activities.
The International Students program also includes courses in Dominican and Caribbean Culture, African Heritage, and Caribbean Literature which will be taught in English. These courses are taken at PUCMM-RSTA and are organized in small groups.
Regular university courses are recommended to international students with enough knowledge of Spanish.
ESL Department Courses:
- Spanish as a Second Language.
- (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Superior Levels)
- Spanish Grammar for international students.
- Dominican and Caribbean Culture
- African Heritage.
- Caribbean Literature.
- Social and Community Services.
- DELE Diploma de Español from Instituto Cervantes.
Regular University Courses with Dominican Students at the departments of:
- Business Administration
- Language and Literature (foreign languages)
- Industrial Engineering
- Information Technology Systems
- Social Communication
- Tourism and Hotel Administration.