UNIBE is a private non-profit university established in Santo Domingo in 1982. UNIBE is one of the leading universities in the Dominican Republic, recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of the Dominican Republic. The main campus is located in the heart of The Capital, Santo Domingo, and a second campus (Cap Cana) is located in La Altagracia, touristic city at the east side of the island.
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 (source).
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors 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. Please get in contact with the advisor for this program by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to see if the classes you are interested in taking will be taught in either Spanish or English.
A 2.5 GPA minimum is required, along with the following SUNY application materials:
Two academic references
SUNY Study statement
All students will be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival in the DR. More information on this will be provided once you have been accepted into the program.
UNIBE offers a wide variety of undergraduate courses in the following departments:
Tourism and Hotel Management
Early Childhood Education
Information Technology & Communications Engineering
"Experience the Dominican Republic"
Whether you decide to study at UNIBE's campus in Santo Domingo or the one in Cap Cana, the school offers a variety of opportunities outside of their undergraduate departments, including:
UNIBE’s Spanish program enables students to develop high linguistic proficiency and prepares them 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.
Students 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.
Early September- Mid December (15 weeks)
Early January- Late April (15 weeks)
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 Education credits. You may file a request to have additional courses approved.
The International Office at UNIBE (a part of the Dean of Students Office) will be responsible for students 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 them to enrich their 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 - Students have the opportunity of displaying their interests throughout these groups.
UNIBE does not have an on-campus dormitory, however international students will receive important information regarding housing options, guidance and recommendations from the Student Affairs Department.