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Do you wish to study in the Dominican Republic? Find out what are the universities and programs available there in this article.

If you have decided to study in the Dominican Republic, do not expect a similar campus to what you would have experienced in your home country abroad. In fact, you are not likely to find local and foreign students in large numbers. To date, more than 80% of Dominicans are literate. However, only a few will continue their higher studies after having obtained a school certificate, mainly due to financial and regional constraints.

Higher education system

The country does have a developed higher education system which provides quality education through various programs. Moreover, it hosts many private universities where conditions and formalities regarding the enrollment of foreign students are almost the same. Fees are also more or less the same. However, scholarships are reserved for local students only.

As regards study programs, you can choose from the following: cultural and social studies, Spanish, medicine, agriculture, management, engineering, etc.

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You will also find many private schools which are run by religious institutions due to a large part of the population's financial constraints. Given that 95% of the local population is of Catholic faith, there are Catholic universities as well.

Health insurance

Foreigners students in the Dominican Republic cannot benefit from local government health programs. Therefore, you are advised to subscribe to a personal insurance which, in fact, will be essential for registration formalities.

Procedures

To be allowed to study in the Dominican Republic, you are required to apply for a student visa at the Dominican consulate in your home country. Documents to be produced are the following:

  • a duly filled and signed visa application form
  • your birth certificate (legalized in your home country)
  • your result transcript (legalized by the Dominican consulate in your home country and the Dominican Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology)
  • your high school diploma (legalized by the Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology)
  • copy of your passport and any visa for the Dominican Republic if it applies
  • your criminal record
  • a supporting letter from the University where you have enrolled, including the program you have chosen
  • 4 passport-size pictures (taken on a white background)
  • a medical certificate,
  • a bank statement or letter from your parents stating that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in the country (in case the document is issued by a Dominican resident, it must be notarized by a public notary and legalized by the Dominican Attorney General)
  • an application letter addressed to the Dominican Republic's Consular Department, including your name, nationality and student visa.

Some universities require students to get vaccinated against diseases such as hepatitis B, tetanus and polio, etc., especially those wishing to pursue a career in the health care field.

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These documents must be translated into Spanish if necessary and legalized.

Fees applies, amounting between US$ 80 and US$ 150, and can be paid either in Dominicans pesos or in US dollars. Note that enrollment fees are higher for foreign students.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Study in Dominican Republic Forum 
Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology - SEESCYT www.mescyt.gob.do
Altillo - list of public and private universities www.altillo.com

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