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Global Dominican Academic Exchange

Opportunities for Dominican Students

Dominican students studying (or who have recently graduated from) a university in the Dominican Republic can apply for the Global Dominican Academic Exchange (GDAE) program offered by our host organization, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD). GDAE is a short-term academic and cultural exchange program hosted in in partnership with GFDD with various universities located throughout the United States.

GDE_espanolGDAE introduces Dominican students to the American style of liberal arts education and encourages dialogue between Dominican students and their Dominican-American counterparts attending these institutions. The program promotes partnership and entrepreneurship initiatives which foster innovation and stimulate Dominican economic development and international understanding.

GDAE organizes a series of annual topic-specific events of short (maximum one to two weeks) duration in collaboration with international departments and the Dominican student organizations at a variety of universities in the United States.

Past exchanges include: Yale University, the National Dominican Student Conference at Harvard University, the University of Georgia School of Law, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington School of Law, and Babson College.


  • To connect Dominican and Dominican-American students, two groups united by a common ethnic background but divided by geographic location.
  • To increase the general knowledge of the American education system amongst Dominican students.
  • To foster a sense of community and intercultural communication and collaboration between students and institutions of the Dominican Republic and the United States.
  • To encourage active participation by youth in the economic growth of the Dominican Republic.

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