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Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santiago de los Caballeros

    Dominican Republic

    Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

    Founded in 1962, the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) is one of the nation’s most highly regarded institutions of higher learning. With approximately 10,000 students enrolled, the university offers degree programs in a variety of disciplines that ranges from architecture and business administration to engineering and the natural and social sciences. Its medical and dentistry schools and its education programs are also highly regarded nationally and it is not uncommon for Spanish-speaking residents of the U.S. to go there to pursue professional degrees in the health sciences. While students may take courses with local students taught in Spanish, they may also be able to choose from a selection of special courses that have been specifically designed for the visiting international exchange student. The PUCMM has hosted visiting international programs at its campus for close to twenty years and has a long tradition of providing excellent student support services and also places students with local host families.

    The PUCMM’s main campus is located in Santiago. Santiago is nestled in the northern Cibao valley region about two hours north of the capital of Santo Domingo and an hour south of the northern coast and Puerto Plata. Santiago itself now boasts a new international airport with daily direct flights to New York and Miami. The PUCMM does not have on-campus residence halls. Most Dominican students live at home and commute by car or public transportation. The international office at the PUCMM will place you with a host family in relative proximity to the campus. Costs below are estimates and can vary based on type of accommodation and exchange rate. The PUCMM international office believes that the homestay is the ideal experience for maximum integration into the local culture and society.

    The PUCMM has one of the nation’s best libraries and a number of sporting and other cultural activities that students may benefit from. Primarily a commuter school, there are no residence halls on campus.

    Architecture, Business Administration-Commerce and Management, Education, Engineering Subject, Health Sciences, Nursing, Philosophy, Theology


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