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ACES 298 in the Dominican Republic: Discovering Agricultural Systems
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Study Tour
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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For credit
Program Description:
ACES 298 Discovery Course to the Dominican Republic
Winter Study Tour 
Discovering Food, Human and Environmental Systems of the Caribbean Islands
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Course Description
Class sessions are held throughout the fall semester on Tuesday afternoon to explore the intricacies of Caribbean culture and food systems. The class will depart on a field study tour to the Dominican Republic in January. While on the island, activities include:
  • Seminars taught at the Superior Institute of Agriculture in Santiago
  • Visits to coffee, tobacco, and sugar plantations
  • Meetings with the Peace Corps and U.S. Foreign Services
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Program Eligibility
Application Requirements:  UIUC freshmen only; must be registered in ACES 298, CRN 29753 for the fall semester.
Language of Instruction: English
Faculty Bio

Jessa Barnard
Jessa Barnard
Mrs.Barnard is the Study Abroad Director for ACES Education Abroad

Co-Leaders for Travel
Diana Rodriguez 

Prasanta Kalita 

Group Flight: As part of the Program Fee, the ACES Abroad will organize a group flight for this course.  All group flights will be departing from and arriving at O'Hare Airport. Very few exceptions are made for opting out of the group flight.

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Academics Environment

This course is worth 3 credits.  
On campus meetings: Begin 2nd 8 weeks of the fall semester.  Date/place/time of meetings is TBA.

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Housing: Dormitory, Hotel
Meals are provided

Additional Resources
Superior Institute of Agriculture in Santiago

Altos de Chavon, School of Design
US State Department Information
Lonely Planet Guide to the Dominican Republic

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 Program Fees

For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.

See Budget Sheet listed above!

*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.

Total cost is ESTIMATED and is BEFORE scholarships.
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Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities

Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at
For more information about general costs, please watch the First Steps Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarship videos found here for tips and advice:
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Withdrawal Policy

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail 

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (  
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Passport/Visa Information

You must have a valid passport to participate on this program with at least two blank VISA pages. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
You may also be required to get a visa for your program.  Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries.
More information about passports and visas can be found at

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Application Information
First Steps Info Session
Read the First Steps content found on our website ( or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  

Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

Application Components
Program applications vary. This ACES-sponsored, faculty-led course abroad applications may include:
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Signature verification form
  • Official Transcript
  • Online questionnaires  
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.
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Health, Safety, Pre-Departure
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found at
Vaccinations and Health
Once you have been accepted into the program you need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit ( to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also
Pre-Departure Resources
The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information. Explore both sites for information such as travel plans, what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure.

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Contact Information

Faculty Leader
Jessa Barnard
123 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380

ACES Academic Programs
123 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380

Walk-in hours:  2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Study Tour 2017-2018 10/15/2017
10/15/2017 01/01/2018 01/12/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.