CIEE Santo Domingo: Sports & Society, Baseball in Context - Summer
The Dominican Republic has produced more major league baseball players per capita than any other country in the world, and visiting Santo Domingo, the capital and largest city of the Dominican Republic, baseball is observable in almost every breath the city takes. With a population of two million, Santo Domingo is considered to be the main economic and political center of the country. The city, often called the “First City of the New World,” is steeped in historical significance, and while the arrival of baseball to the country only dates back to the end of the 19th century, its importance to the Dominican Republic’s modern history is no less significant. Along with numerous plazas and churches throughout the colonial district, which give a distinct flavor to the city, baseball fields dot the landscape, and variations of the game can be spotted throughout each neighborhood. Most neighborhoods have local colmados (corner stores) where many locals gather in the evenings to watch baseball games on TV and play dominoes.
Alou, Bautista, Franco, Guerrero, Ortiz, Martinez, Pujols—the Dominican Republic has produced more major league baseball players per capita than any other country in the world.
Spend your summer in Santo Domingo examining the impact of sports on the culture, identity, and society of this island nation. Through Spanish language study, cultural activities, and facilitated interactions with Dominicans within and outside of the local sports world, studying abroad in Santo Domingo offers you unparalleled insight into the relationships between baseball and Caribbean culture and society.
Relevant Academic Disciplines
A college-level Spanish course taken within the past year is strongly recommended
Language Skill: 1 term