Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic ODEM
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ODEM (Dominican Republic) - UNPHU, Santo Domingo
ODEM (Dominican Republic) - UCE, San Pedro de Macor
ODEM (Dominican Republic) - UNIBE, Santo Domingo
ODEM (Dominican Republic) - UASD, Santo Domingo

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Hola a todos!
We are pleased to welcome you to the ODEM - Dominican Republic family. 

We are very excited and grateful for your interest in ODEM-Dominican Republic’s exchange program. We will make sure that your personal and professional experiences are the best possible when visiting us, after all we are one big family!    
For any information not covered on this page contact our LEO, we’ll answer as soon as possible.
Espero que nos veamos pronto en la isla bonita :)
Dominican Republic is situated in the northern part of the Caribbean and is part of an island called Hispaniola. It takes up roughly two thirds of the island with the other third being Haiti. The country's area is 48,730 km²- around twice the size of Wales - making it the second largest country in the Caribbean after Cuba.

The capital Santo Domingo is located in the middle of the southern coast. To the north of the island is the United States, to the east is Puerto Rico, to the west is Cuba and located south is the Caribbean Sea all the way to the coast of Venezuela.
    The Dominican healthcare system has been reformed which is good news for everyone involved. The old system was underfunded, inefficient, low-quality, and resulted in a lot of out-of-pocket expenses for the patients – even the poorest of Dominican society.

The new system is split into three clear tiers:
  • Contributive regime – financed by workers and their employers.
  • Subsidized regime – financed by the state for the poor, unemployed, disabled, and indigent.
  • Contributive Subsidized regime – financed by independent professionals, technical workers, and self-employed persons themselves, but subsidized by the state (instead of an employer).
    As an expat working in the Dominican Republic, you are likely to be part of the Contributive regime, but it is worth clearing up the details with your employer. Private health insurance or complementary insurance is essential to avoid excessive gaps in coverage costs, i.e. what you have to pay for each visit or treatment. The public system reforms still have a long way to go.

Also in Dominican Republic health system you will have the opportunity of experience so many things, because of our culture, because of our spontaneous people and the sometimes creative form of working when there's lack of instruments.
The Dominican Republic medical school program is  5-6 years long. There are 4 main cities that hold the main Medical Schools: Santo Domingo, Santiago, San Pedro de Macoris and San Francisco de Macoris. Clinical rotations generally start around the 4th year and students can participate as junior doctors. Excluding a few exceptions, the clinical rotations are done in teaching hospitals that do not belong to the university.

    After 16 semesters, students graduate and do a 1 year long internship in any locality of the country in order to complete the requirements for obtaining the medical license. After over 7 years since beginning medical school, we get to call ourselves medical doctors.

    Although the country counts with all medical specialties, clerkships for exchange students are only available in the different departments mentioned in the Exchange Conditions. We are positive that you will make great progress both as an individual and as a future doctor together with us!

The most used transportation method in the Dominican Republic is by private car.

Although public transportation is widely used, it has to be done under proper guidance as it is easy to get lost. As for the cost of transportation:

  • Taxi: 200 - 300 dominican pesos (4-6 Dollars) (most used, in airports and touristic areas can be more expensive)
  • Airport taxis: 1,500 dominican pesos (32 Dollars)
  • Tourist areas taxis: 500 dominican pesos ( 10 dollars)
  • Metro (Subway) of Santo Domingo: .50 cents of a dollar
  • Bus: .70 cents of a dollar.
  • Public Cars: .70 cents of a dollar.

We recommend the use of Uber for the best fares.
We are all about that tropical island lifestyle. The social program was developed by the collaboration of all LCs. You may contact the assigned LEO to get the document. 

Some activites may not be available depending on the season and during holidays.

Must-see destinations

  1. Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo. Santo Domingo is considered the oldest city in the New World and in La Zona Colonial (or Colonial City) its rich culture and history can be appreciated. In the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, you can walk through cobblestone streets and appreciate the Spanish colonial architecture, music, art, museums, restaurants, gift shops and much more.
  • Isla Saona, La Altagracia. The Saona Island is a tropical island that is a national reserve and part of the East National Park. Excursions to this island are organized daily in catamarans or motor boats.
  • Bavaro-Punta Cana. Located in the easternmost point of the Dominican Republic, Bavaro-Punta Cana is well known for its 32 km of white sands and clear water beaches. Here you will find amazing beaches, balnearies, ecological reserves and luxury hotels.
  • MOST GO Discos in Punta Cana : ORO night club in the Hardrock cafe hotel, Imagine cave Punta Cana, Cocobongo, Mangu, Jewel disco
  • Los Tres Ojos, Santo Domingo. Los Tres Ojos (or The Three Eyes in English) is a limestone cave in Santo Domingo that has 3 fresh water lakes. These caves used to be inhabited by Taino Indians, who were the first inhabitants of the Hispaniola island. The cave is open from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Jarabacoa. A natural paradise where you can practice all forms of active tourism between mountains, rivers and the rainforest.

For more must-see destinations in the Dominican Republic, please visit:

Dominicans are kind, hospitable, cheerful people who take pride in their cultural heritage. They're very interested in learning about different cultures and comparing them to their own.
We wait for you in our beautiful island!!