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    Default Moving to DR for school!

    Hi everyone,
    I'm trying to move to DR to go to grad school. I was wondering if anyone can give me a few tips.

    I curently live in Los Angeles and want to move to Centro de los Héroes, Santo Domingo, to attend a grad school,

    well the classes are in spanish and I only know a few words in spanish,

    how hard is it to learn spanish?!!! to be able to go to school?!

    How much money per month in U.S dollars do I need to live a normal student life?!

    How safe is the area ?!!

    How much would it be to rent a small maybe a suit around that area?

    DO I need a car?!! does most everyone have a car?

    would I be able to drive with my CA deriver's licence?!!!

    I know it's too many q's but I would greatly appritiate even if you know the answer to one of them.


    Thanks,

    ELLY

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    Why would you enroll in a school that teaches in a language that you don't understand, and can't speak or write? Are you going to grad school to receive an education or simply get by and get your degree? It seems to me that it would be more logical to move here, learn the language, then enroll.

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    Elly,
    Let me start off by welcoming you to DR1.

    Having said that then I must agree with HOWMAR in everything he asked and said.

    Regardless of your reasons for wanting to do this I would suggest you use the "search" function located in the top bar of this page. Click it open and type in what you are looking for.

    In answer to your questions;

    "how hard is it to learn spanish?!!! to be able to go to school?!"
    Depends on you.

    "How much money per month in U.S dollars do I need to live a normal student life?!"
    Depends if you are a party animal or a stay at home studier.

    "How safe is the area ?!!"
    If you take the proper precautions then it is as safe as in your home town.

    "How much would it be to rent a small maybe a suit around that area?"
    You may be able to get something from $50 to $500 a month.

    "DO I need a car?!! does most everyone have a car?"
    No and No

    "would I be able to drive with my CA deriver's licence?!!!"
    After 30 days no.

    Rick

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    Thumbs up

    There is definatly a reason behind this but other than that thank you for your responds. I will search for my question.

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    Don't tell me the reason is 'male' or 'female'. I would suggest you rethink then... and go and do a lot of research on the Mars and Venus forum.

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    Default Lol

    hehe. No, it's bc it costs a lot less than here and less time so it's to save both money and time plus the fact I would love to be fluent in spanish. I just don't know if it's gonna be super hard!

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    Depends, do you have time to mess around with learning a language? For me it is super hard but then I am really old! Also, will your qualification stand you in good stead when you go back to the real world?

    Perhaps take some Spanish classes, see how you take to it, and how easy it is for you before you commit to anything. Also feel free to ask more questions if you have 'em.

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    Along with what (old) hehe Chris said I would come on down for a visit and check it out. You might really like it or your might hate it but you can't tell till you see it. I too, because of my old age, have more trouble learning Spanish then does a young whipper snapper like you.

    Rich

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    Thank you so much you guys for replying this quick. Yeah I already searched about the school and what will happen after graduating. It's pretty good. I also speak another language fluently and understand 2 other languages other than English so I'm hoping that, These factors make it a little easier. I also used to live in Hawaii, does any of you see any similarities, comparing them?!

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    If I may ask you, just what sort of graduates studies do you intend to pursue here and at which school? Frankly, grad school is nothing to stint on, costs notwithstanding. There is no cut rate way to do it without sacrificing the quality of the education that presumably is your main priority. Plus there are only a handful of programs here at that level that are worth considering. The School I am thinking of over by the Centro de los Héroes is not one of them, and unless you have a different one in mind, I wouldnt ever consider attending.

    The area there at night was famous for various shenanigans, though I hear it has calmed down somewhat. People have a saying here, when they curse you out, they say "vete para la bolita del mundo" (the reference is to the globe that stands in the middle of the plaza there). However, there are safe residential areas nearby, though I would look elsewhere for nicer digs, perhaps over by the ciudad universitaria. The area around the Centro de los Héroes is mostly administrative and it empties out in the evening so it is a bit desolate.

    Costs for a student are not high, but life here in the capital is not cheap like other developing nations and the rents are going to shock you. Still, you can find plenty of cheap digs that are perfectly serviceable, less than 300 US a month.

    Finally, no you dont need or want a car,which in this city is expensive and a pain in the ass. Just learn the public transport system and you will get around just fine. And that is one very cheap accoutrement of the city.



    Without a word of Spanish, frankly you are going to have a very hard time. Spanish is not easy, it takes lots of work, and you will simply not understand what is going on around you, which in turn will make the education all the more painful. If your study load is not too onerous, you could certainly do it (many med students do it, for example), so long as you can devote many hours (and thus extra money) to Spanish lessons. Having other languages under your belt will help certainly, but the lack of spanish will add to your burden, doubtless.

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