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Dominican Republic: Baseball in the Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Cost Summer
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Academic College: College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences Language of Instruction: English
Program Options: Faculty-Led Credits Earned: 1
Faculty Leader: Gonzalo Bravo
Program Description:


Dominican Republic: Baseball in the Dominican Republic
dominican RepublicAnticipated 2019 offering.

Baseball in the Dominican Republic is a 3-credit course offered in the spring of 2017 that includes an 11-day trip to the cities of Boca Chica, Santo Domingo, and San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic (DR). Students will have a unique opportunity to learn not only about the business aspects of baseball in the DR, but also experience first-hand the vibrant and rich culture of this country.

This course will be split into two parts: a 2-credit on-campus/on-line section given during the last 8-weeks of the spring semester of 2017, and 1-credit lab which will be offered from May 16 to 26, 2017 during the actual trip to the DR. The 2-credit course is designed to provide students with the background of how baseball is organized and managed in the DR, including (a) the cultural significance of baseball within the Dominican society; (b) the role different stakeholders play in the development of the baseball industry in the DR, (c) and the business aspects of baseball in the DR and their link with MLB. In addition, students will receive information regarding the travel experience.

The 1-credit lab portion of this course is designed to support and enhance the knowledge gained during the 2-credit course. Baseball in the Dominican Republic will provide students a cross-cultural perspective of sport in the DR and the United States with an emphasis on the organizational, managerial, business and cultural aspects of baseball.

During the trip, students will visit sport and cultural organizations located in the cities of Boca Chica, Santo Domingo, and San Pedro de Macoris. Visits in Santo Domingo will include a visit to the US Embassy, Dominican Offices for Major League Baseball, Quisqueya Stadium Juan Marichal, and a tour of Ciudad Colonial, the historic central neighborhood of Santo Domingo. In Boca Chica, students will have the opportunity to visit two MLB academies (e.g., the Kansas Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, or the Cincinnati Reds). Students will also attend a baseball game part of the Dominican league. In addition, students will be involved in one or more service projects, such as player education with KC Royals or the Red Sox, and a project with a local youth baseball team at a sugar cane village. In San Pedro de Macoris visits may include the Toronto Blue Jays Academy, Atlanta Braves Academy, and a visit to Estadio Tetelo Vargas of the Dominican Winter League (DWL), home of the Estrellas Orientales.


City: Santo Domingo

Country: Dominican Republic

Population: 965,040

Information: Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and one of the Caribbean's oldest cities. Its walled, cobblestoned historic core, the Zona Colonial, has buildings that date to the 1500s, including the cathedral, which was the first built in the New World. On the cafe-lined Plaza de España is the Alcázar de Colón palace. It’s now one of the city’s many museums, displaying notable medieval and Renaissance art.

Places of Interest:
Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor
National Palace
Museo de las Casas Reales


SM 493B – 1 credit hour
This course is tied to an on campus course SM493 A - 2 credit hours


Professor Gonzalo Bravo


Program Costs  *Does not include airfare
WVU Course Credit
Most Meals
Programmatic Excursions
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

Billing for the spring 2017 programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Education Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Summer Semester Tuition and Fees. Registration will occur in mid-April, students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer HUB at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens? No

Useful Links:
How to Apply for a US Passport
Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

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