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  • Locations: Boca Chica, Dominican Republic
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/25/2017 ** Rolling Admission 05/13/2017 08/14/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Krissy Loveman
Program Description:
Mets-USF English Language and American Culture Program

Program Overview

The objective of the English Language and Culture Externship is to prepare Mets players at their Academy in Boca Chica with the requisite English language skills and a sufficient knowledge about life in the United States so that they are equipped to live and work at the Mets minor league complex during spring training and, for those who are assigned to minor league affiliates, in the various communities in which those affiliates are located. 

USF students will be not only teaching functional English skills and about American culture, but will be functioning in a leadership capacity through service at the Academy and community service projects.

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How to Apply

The following is required to be considered for admission into this program:

  1. Students must apply through Lynn Chisholm, Director of Internships and Career Readiness, to be selected for this limited access program. Please contact Ms. Chisholm to learn more about the program and how to fulfill application requirements. 
  2. Students must register for travel with Education Abroad for risk and security purposes. To get started, click "Apply Now" at the top of this page.

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DR Externship in Boca Chica

Boca Chica, Dominican Republic


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Host Institution

NY Mets Baseball Academy 

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Academic Program and Course Information

Two course options are available:

  • IDS 3947 - Cooperative Internship (0 - 6 credits)
  • FLE 4370 – FL Practicum (3 credits)

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Program Costs

Travel and room and meals at the Academy are covered by the Mets; a small stipend is provided for the student’s incidental expenses; additional personal spending money is the responsibility of the student.

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Living Arrangements

Students reside in an apartment on the Academy campus, which provides a small kitchen, common space with satellite TV and Wi-Fi, three bedrooms and three baths (2 students will share a room). Maid service is provided and the campus provides 24/7 security.

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Who Can Participate?

  • Junior/Senior-status students with a min. of 12 hours completed at USF; GPA min. 2.5.
  • Enrolled and in good standing with USF; taking on-line courses for the program term.
  • Spanish is not required, but is beneficial and may be preferred in some cases.
  • A high-level of English fluency is required; International students are welcome. 
  • Students must commit to and complete all required steps for pre-departure.
  • A high-level of personal responsibility and maturity is required.
  • Good candidates will be independent, flexible, responsible, positive team-mates, and possess qualities of leadership, integrity, and “Bull Pride.” Students may come from a variety of majors such as but not limited to: Honors, Education, Communications, Public Service, Public Health, International Business, or Sports and Entertainment Management.

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Getting There

The students will fly together to the DR along with one of the USF Program Administrators (flight details TBD); transportation is provided from the Santo Domingo, DR airport to the Academy by the Mets.

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

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Special Terms

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

Lynn Chisholm
Director of Internships and Career Readiness
Career Services, Student Affairs

Education Abroad:
Gateway Office
MSC 3301


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