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Total credits: 12



Portrait of Hilary Schwandt

Hilary Schwandt

Associate Professor, Fairhaven College
Fairhaven College 344

The purpose of the course is to provide students with Spanish language instruction at their particular level of competency and to examine the past and present context of how race, culture, and health have been experienced among peoples in and from the Caribbean. Particular emphasis will be placed on the various ways in which racial/cultural/health identities are influenced and complicated by questions of gender, class, religion, and sexuality both in the Caribbean as well as those Caribbean populations residing in the United States.


Sosua Punta Rucia Beach
Sosua Punta Rucia Beach

Program Highlights

In conjunction with the Instituto Intercultural del Caribe (IIC) the course will be a quarter long course with seven weeks spent in country that will provide for Spanish language training each week day morning with afternoon class sessions, seminars, and lectures on history, culture, politics, and health of the Caribbean region. The course will also feature Dominican guest lecturers, field trips, as well as weekend excursion trips that relate to the subject material and cultural understanding of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean region. Students will also participate in a designated service-learning project with Haitian/Dominico students and given ample opportunity to intermingle with Dominican as well as other international students at both of the IIC campuses and surrounding universities in Santo Domingo and Sosua.


IIC Santo Domingo Student Housing
Student Housing in Santo Domingo

Expectations of Participants

Activities include visits to museums and cultural sites. With or without reasonable accommodations, must be able to: sit for three-four hours, walk for over one hour at a time in warm weather, climb stairs, and stand for prolonged periods.

Refrigeration is available for program duration.

Students must work with the WWU Disability Access Center, Wilson Library 170, (360) 650-3083, For service eligibility, a complete diagnostic description from a qualified professional is required. Specific accommodations or services are determined on an individual basis and are modified to meet the unique needs of the student and their academic experience. Accommodation policies and procedures are highly individualized and centered on self-advocacy, realistic self-appraisal, and student growth. Each quarter, students need to activate their approved accommodations for each class. Students choose which of their approved accommodations they want to activate for each class.

We strongly recommend that all students traveling on this Global Learning Program are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to maximize the safety of the student cohort. Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to departure, or provide a proof of an official COVID-19 vaccination waiver granted by WWU.

Participants are expected to abide by all attendance policies of the program, including those for classes and excursions, and to adhere to the program schedule. Since the programs are academic in nature, parents, friends, partners, and families are not permitted on any part of the Global Learning Program. Personal travel must be outside of the course dates and not conflict with coursework or excursion schedules. Travel plans should be vetted by faculty beforehand to ensure personal plans do not interfere with meeting the learning objectives of the course.


Sosua Puerto Plata Teleferico
Sosua Puerto Plata Teleferico (The Cable Car Puerto Plata)