Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE)

  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Come to the Caribbean’s largest city. A vibrant metropolis, Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic. Visit the Zona Colonial, the first European settlement in the New World, with its historic fortress and church. In between studying, enjoy time on the beach. Take in all the Caribbean has to offer in this laid-back culture. Enjoy Santo Domingo with its many museums, restaurants and social events and activities.

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Universidad Iberoamericana


  • Santo Domingo

Program Term

  • Academic Year
  • Fall
  • Spring

Language of Instruction

  • English
  • Spanish

Exchange Program


Program Details

Academic Program

UNIBE’s Spanish program will enable you to develop high linguistic proficiency and prepares you to communicate, negotiate, debate and interact in a critical manner in a competitive global market. The school’s “Spanish for Foreigners” programs are level-based courses (from basic to advanced), with the option of obtaining a Diploma in Spanish as a Second Language from the Instituto Cervantes de Madrid.

UNIBE offers a wide variety of undergraduate courses in the following departments:

  • Advertising
  • Interior Design
  • Architecture
  • Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Medicine
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Dentistry
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Technology & Communications Engineering
  • Law

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

You can participate in service learning projects that combine community service and academic learning through the design and implementation of projects in the areas of global health, education, development, urban design, and technology, among others.

The University has partnered with different public and private organizations in order to bring relevant solutions to communities in need. The Global Health Program at UNIBE is the result of the need to establish a sustainable link between the communities and the university, in a way that the health and the life of the people in the communities can be improved through education, service learning and collaborative research.

Review UNIBE’s English and Spanish websites for more information regarding course offerings.

General Education Information for UAlbany Students

Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.


All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 


UNIBE does not have an on-campus dormitory, however you will receive important information regarding housing options, guidance and recommendations from the Student Affairs Department once you have been accepted. The cost of the lodging will be paid directly by you to your housing provider. It is important to note that it is ultimately your responsibility to reserve, pay for and follow through with housing arrangements. Further housing details are shared with you when you have been accepted.


Since you will be living off campus, you will be responsible for your own meals. If you do not already know how to cook, you should start learning. You also have the option to eat at restaurants but it will be at your own expense.

Academic Year 2019/20

Estimate of Costs

For reference, review the Academic Year 2019-20 Estimate of Costs

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.

Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.

Academic Requirements

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 2.5 GPA or better are eligible to apply. While there are some courses offered in English, most courses are taught in Spanish. Students who apply intend to take undergraduate courses in the university’s academic departments may be required to have high intermediate Spanish language skills, depending on the language of instruction for those specific courses.

Experiential Learning

The International Office at UNIBE (a part of the Dean of Students Office) will be responsible for you during the course of the semester, helping to do the following: providing academic services and fulfilling students’ needs; contributing to the students’ personal and professional growth, and allowing you to enrich your experience inside and outside the classroom.

The Dean of Students Office, through its different departments offers the following services:

  • Academic Advising and Personal Counseling
  • Sports and Cultural activities (such as: Drama club, guitar lessons, Modern dance, Tennis, Martial Arts, basketball team, etc.)
  • Student Organizations – You have the opportunity of displaying your interests throughout these groups.

Funding Opportunities

Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.

External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.

More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.

Program Advisor

Stokes, Jay


About the City

The Dominican Republic is located in the Hispaniola, considered the second largest island in the Caribbean and shared with Haiti. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (North) and by the Caribbean Sea (South), between Cuba and Puerto Rico. The nation’s population is approximately 9 million inhabitants. Near to 3 million people live in Santo Domingo, the Capital City. Spanish is the official language. The Main Campus is located in Santo Domingo and the second campus, Cap Cana, is located in La Altagracia, on the eastern side of the island.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program. As your program is longer than 30 days, you must apply for a VISA which will take a few weeks to process and will have an extra cost. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.

Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:

  • Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
  • Fall/Year/Summer programs: December

Academic Year 2018/19

Program Dates

Fall 2018

Early September- Mid December (15 weeks)

Spring 2019

Early January- Late April (15 weeks)

About the Program

UNIBE is a private non-profit university established in Santo Domingo in 1982. UNIBE one of the leading universities in the Dominican Republic, recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of the Dominican Republic.

UNIBE offers 16 undergraduate programs, more than 30 masters programs at the Graduate School and several certificate programs and diplomas in the Continuing Education Department. The school has a student body of 5,000 students from more than 47 countries and 600 faculty members. More than 15,000 alumni have graduated from the institution, and 4,361 of them are international students,

The Institution is well known for being dynamic and highly spirited; it also pays special interest in the growth and well-being of the students. The high professionalism of the academic and administrative staff and the unique atmosphere of its community provide students with the incentives they may need to stablish strong relationships with classmates and professors.

The QS Top Universities Latin America 2014 ranked UNIBE among the best 200 Universities in Latin America and the number one in the Dominican Republic.

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.

Upon arrival at UNIBE, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.

UNIBE’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.