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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic  



We believe that learning a foreign language is a communicative process and should focus on everyday usage. Personalized and specifically designed teaching materials supported by audiovisual media, such as video and overhead projectors, are used to aid students in the improvement and development of their foreign language skills. Some course material is taught outside the institute so students have the opportunity to practice and apply language structures and vocabulary acquired in the classroom to everyday situations.

Several programs are offered to suit the needs of every student and groups never exceed 7 students per class.

The four levels of instruction are: beginner, post beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Standard Course
Group 20 hours per week. 4 hours of morning classes are given daily Monday - Friday in a group setting. If only one student is registered for a specific level of the Standard course, the student will then be entitled to 15 hours of Tutor per week.
Intensive Course
Group 30 hours per week. Six hours of classes are given daily Monday - Friday in a group setting, with the two afternoon hours focusing on conversation, Dominican geography and specialized vocabulary. If only one student is registered for a specific level of the Intensive course, the student will then be entitled to 24 hours of Tutor per week.

Standard Individual Course
Tutor 20 hours per week. Four hours of classes are given daily Monday - Friday in a one-on-one setting. The course is designed for those students who wish to concentrate on specific language needs.

Intensive Individual Course
Tutor 30 hours per week. Six hours of classes are given daily Monday - Friday in a one-on-one setting. The course is designed for those students who wish to concentrate on specific language needs at an intensive pace.

Traveling Classroom
The Traveling Classroom program is 2 weeks in duration (20 hours per week) and takes students through many of the enchanting and diverse regions of the Dominican Republic. All levels are welcome, however, students will be separated into only two groups. The first group will consist of Beginner and Post Beginner, while the second group consists of the Intermediate to Advanced students.

The journey begins in the beach town of Sosua where students will gather and prepare for the trip. It then moves to the mountains of Jarabacoa and continues on to the capital city of Santo Domingo. From there, students travel to the beaches of Las Terrenas on the peninsula of Semana, and the trip ends back in Sosua. All transportation is provided in the school's own mini-bus.

The Group Spanish study of four hours daily, Monday through Friday, are held in different settings, from the school's own classrooms in both Sosua and Santo Domingo to the terrace of a small beach hotel in Las Terrenas.

Accommodation for 13 nights, Sunday through Saturday morning, is provided in either a pension or hotel (depending on the location) and a shared room with breakfast daily is included in the cost. Single rooms are available on request and at additional cost.

Leisure activities abound during the trip and are available at additional cost. These include:

• Horseback Riding:
Approx. $15-20 U.S./2 hours

• Surfing:
Approx. $35 U.S./4 hours

• River Rafting:
Approx. $45-55 U.S/trip

• Diving:
Approx. $40-50 U.S/dive trip

• Sailing:
Approx. $35 U.S/4 hours

• Tennis:
Approx. $10-15 U.S/hour

Please Note: This program is not guaranteed. A minimum of 4 students of either group (Beginner and Post Beginner AND/OR Intermediate and Advanced) are required for the program to take place. There is a maximum of 16 students total.
Because the "Travelling Classroom" course starts in Sosua, it is very important that the students arrive at the airport in Puerto Plata.

Spanish & Merengue
This Spanish & Merengue program enables you to combine a Spanish course with the discovery of the world of Merengue and other Latin dances. This unique program offers exciting hands-on dance classes, meaningful cultural immersion, and an enriching language program.

Of all the rhythms that enriched the cultural heritage of the Dominicans, the Merengue is the most collective expression of the people’s soul. As a popular musical form, it is very dynamic and varies from one generation to the next.

This program is for all those who want to discover the Dominican attitude towards life not only through the foreign language but also through the people's dances and music. In the mornings, the students tackle Spanish vocabulary, and in the afternoons, native dance instructors teach them the steps and passionate body language of the “Latin movement“.

The course takes place in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, a vibrant and lively metropolis. Many bars and dance halls play the Latin-American rhythms far into the night. A great place to meet people and practice your newly acquired skills in Spanish and dancing. 

Spanish classes take place at the NRCSA center. Dance lessons are held at a dance academy only a few minutes walking distance away from the school.
 Program includes 8 group dance lessons per week.


Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 18 years and older are welcomed regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study programs should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

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All participants will receive a certificate of completion after successful completion of the course.

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