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The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) was established in 1903, making it one of the oldest universities of the island. Its Rio Piedras campus has an enrollment of nearly 25,000 students. Rio Piedras is located within metropolitan San Juan. The university was admitted to membership in the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in April 1946. The university has belonged to the Association of Hispanic American Universities since 1955. In 1965, the university became affiliated with the College Entrance Examination Board. The Rio Piedras Campus is also a member of the American Council on Education.
The Spanish and Puerto Rican Society and Culture program is designed to provide students hands-on experience with the Spanish language and Puerto Rican Culture, past and present.
The Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Institute (INIM) at the University of Puerto Rico sponsors this unique Summer program for those interested in Puerto Rico and the Spanish language. This three week program is designed to increase participants' ability to communicate in all aspects of the Spanish language as well as provide them with an understanding of Puerto Rican cultural patterns. In addition to traditional classroom instruction, field trips, workshops, and cultural activities are built into the program to enhance learning and to allow students to become better acquainted with some of the most important features of Puerto Rican culture and landscape.
Students will enroll for six credits during the program, following the curriculum of INIM. A placement test will be administered during orientation to determine language level, beginners to advance. Courses meet six hours per day, five days per week, for four weeks.
Students take two courses, one Spanish Language course (beginners to advanced), and Society and Culture og Puerto Rico (offered in Spanish and English).
Costs (budget sheet)
Select your term of interest for the latest budget information.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Housing and Meals
Students reside at the UPR residence hall: Plaza Universitaria and receives two meals per day. There is a kitchen on each floor of the residence hall and there are dining areas on campus and restaurants near campus.
Students make their own flight arrangements to Puerto Rico's International airport (Luis Muñoz Marín). Students will be met at the airport by UPR staff and transported to the UPR Plaza Universitaria Residente Hall. Transportation is ONLY provided to students arriving on the official arrival date. Times of arrival are between noon and 3:00 pm.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact the program specialist, Lizette Alvarado, for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.