GBL 298 IS Dominican Republic: Baseball and the Tourism Industry 4 S.H.
The Dominican Republic (DR) provides a unique location in which to study issues of social justice, globalization and U.S. neocolonialism. Students in this course will examinethese issues through an exploration of specific local practices in baseball and the tourism industry and the effect of those practices on the culture, people, international relations and economy of the Dominican Republic. Special emphasis will be placed on how baseball and the tourism industry both reflect and impact the DR’s history, race relations, economy, local and global marketingpriorities, and the historic U.S.-Dominican political and economic relationship. Activities will include: visits to cultural sites, baseball training facilities and resorts; opportunities to speak with participants in the baseball and tourism industries; and observation of and interaction with the local culture.
Prerequisite: GBL 198. Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Society or Civilization requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement.
Students will be housed in shared accommodations.
- Santo Domingo; Various attractions, historical and cultural sites, including Zona Colonial, Palacio Nacional, and Dominican Winter League games at Leones de Escogido and Tigres de Licey
- San Pedro de Macoris & Boca Chica; Visits to Major League Baseball academy complexes and visits with team officials
- Santiago; Visit to working port, cigar factory, and Dominican Winter League games at Aguila Cibaenas and Gigantes del Cibao
Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.
Eligibility & Application Deadlines
The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.
See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.
- February 28, 2017: All Fall 2017 travel-embedded and Winter Term 2018 Study Abroad and Study USA programs are announced.
- March 6, 2017: Priority period begins for all programs.
- 11:59 PM, March 16, 2017: Priority period deadline. All applications received during priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission.
- March 28, 2017: Notification begins. The GEC will send notifications via email for all applications received by priority period deadline.
- March 28, 2017: Change period begins. Students that submitted applications during the priority period can switch into available programs by submitting a Change Form (available March 28).
- March 28, 2017: Rolling period begins. New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.
- August 31, 2017: Final deadline for Study Abroad programs.
- September 4, 2017: Deposit refund deadline for Study Abroad programs. Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.**
- September 14, 2017: Final deadline and refund deadline for Study USA programs. Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.
Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.
Pre-departure Course: GBL 198
This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall pre-departure course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the pre-departure course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.
It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall pre-departure course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for winter term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of winter term tuition will not be collected.
There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.
Spring Meeting Information
The spring meeting date, time, and location to be announced.
Fall Course Meeting Information
The fall pre-departure course will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:10 p.m., dates and location to be announced.
To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.
Per the Study Abroad Policies webpage
, please note the following payment and cancellation deadlines:
- September 4 - October 2, 2017: Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
- September 15 - October 2, 2017: Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
- October 2, 2017: Full payment deadline.
- October 3 - 9, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.
- October 10 - 18, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.
- Oct. 19, 2017: Students that cancel on or after this date are responsible for the full program cost.
You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.
Deposit Refunds -
If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at email@example.com
*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious health issues that occur after October 1. In some instances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) the travel insurance may insure against changes in mental health. The insurance does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.
If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket. The airline can provide specific details.
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in the fall semester tuition/bill).
Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.
Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).
Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.
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For More Information
Program Leader 1: Mark Cryan
Instructor in Sport and Event Management
Powell Building 223D
2350 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Program Leader 2: Kirsten Doehler
Associate Professor of Statistics
2320 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
CB 2375, Global Commons 360
Elon, NC 27244