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CNRE: Climate Change Impacts & Policy in the Dominican Republic
multiple cities, Dominican Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer Session 2,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer Session 2,
Fact Sheet:
Language(s) in which classes are available:
English Max credits offered: 03
Program Type: VT faculty-led
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Areas of Study: Climate Change, Livelihoods, Natural Resources, Policy College Sponsor: CNRE
Program Description:

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Map


Field of Study

Natural Resources, Environmental Conservation

Program Information 
Flyer 2017
Prospective Itinerary 2017 

Additional Information

Virginia Tech course, VT faculty led, VT credit (3 cr.)

Students will explore the effects of a changing climate through field trips, hands-on experience, meetings, lectures, and readings.



Dominican Republic
Mutiple Cities
Summer II, 2017 (August 1 - 13)

Climate Change Impacts and Policy in the Dominican Republic

This study abroad program uses the Dominican Republic as a case study to introduce students to the impacts of climate change on key ecosystems (e.g., coastal areas) and natural resources (e.g., forests, biodiversity) and related mitigation and adaptation strategies. Students will learn about ongoing impacts on agricultural production and people's livelihoods and strategies to decrease GHG emissions and reduce vulnerability to climate change. During the trip, students will meet with scientists, environmental NGOs, and government officials.

DR Places to Visit

The island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, is located in the Caribbean Sea, between the islands of Puerto Rico and Cuba. It is the second largest island in the archipelago of the Greater Antilles. It is the only Caribbean island divided between two nations. The island has an extension of 77,914 km2. The Dominican Republic occupies 48,442 km2, which represents two-thirds of the island, and has a population of 10.4 million people.

The Dominican Republic (DR) is considered among the most vulnerable countries in the world according to the Global Climate Risk Index 2016.1. The DR has been ranked the eleventh country most affected by climate change in the world between 1995-2015. The country is considered a "hot spot" because of the high levels of physical, socioeconomic, environmental, and institutional vulnerabilities to climate change. Furthermore, vulnerability studies on climate change have shown that the Dominican Republic will be affected by changes in rainfall, increases in minimum and maximum temperature, sea level rise (which can already be seen in the Samana Peninsula), increased intensity and frequency of extreme weather events, increased incidence of vector diseases, among others.


Freshmen through Seniors, and Graduate Students. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Contact faculty program leader for exceptions.


Undergraduates will receive credit for FREC 3954 Study Abroad.


Students are expected to complete all assigned background readings and attend all course-related activities. During the trip, there will be short meetings every morning, before each site visit, to introduce the main issues that will be discussed throughout the day. there We will also be a meeting shortly at the end of the day to go over the main points and take-home messages learned.
  1. Participation: students are expected to actively participate and discuss the readings and issues presented throughout the course. [30%]
  2. Electronic journal: Students are required to keep a day-by-day journal. The journal will provide students the opportunity to reflect on their learning experience (including social and cultural) and record and describe their daily observations, field visits, and activities. [40%]
  3. Final Assignment: Work in small groups to develop an online portfolio for the class, that will include: pictures, videos, interviews, entries from the journals, etc., to synthesize what you learned during the course (more guidance and information will be provided before departure). [30%]


Estimated program cost is $3300*. Cost includes airfare, group ground transportation, visa, meals and lodging expenses.

* The program fee may be lowered to around $3100 depending on the number of program participants.

University Tuition & Fees

Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term:

Contact Information

Dr. Carol Franco
311A Cheatham Hall


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Session 2 2017 05/30/2017
Rolling Admission 08/01/2017 08/13/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.

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