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Study Abroad in San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico Programs

Spanish Study Abroad

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Explore the vibrant world of International Business & Marketing in Advanced Spanish in San Juan, Puerto Rico, through our specialized program. This course, available for both semester and academic year durations, perfectly combines rigorous academic studies with immersive real-world experiences in one of the Caribbean’s bustling economic centers.
Semester, Year
Terms: Spring, Fall, Academic Year

12-15 Credits

Spanish Study Abroad

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Embark on a vibrant summer adventure with our Study Abroad program in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where you’ll immerse yourself in the rich culture, history, and beauty of this Caribbean gem, all while engaging in an enriching academic experience.
Short Term
Terms: Summer

12-15 Credits

Starting Price: $5,300
Spanish Study Abroad

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Discover the cutting-edge world of Science and Technology in San Juan, Puerto Rico, through our specialized program that combines rigorous academic study with hands-on experiences in one of the Caribbean’s leading hubs for innovation and research.
Semester
Terms: Spring, Fall, Academic Year

12-15 Credits

Starting Price: $15,700
Spanish Study Abroad

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Enhance your Spanish proficiency and dive into the cultural richness of the Caribbean with our Liberal Arts in Advanced Spanish program in San Juan, Puerto Rico, offering a deep, immersive academic experience in one of the most historically vibrant cities in the Americas.
Semester, Year
Terms: Spring, Fall, Academic Year

12-15 Credits

Starting Price: $15,700

Overview of San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, a captivating coastal city, offers a warm tropical climate and a rich cultural tapestry. It’s a vibrant blend of historical charm and modern living, renowned for its stunning beaches and the historic Castillo San Felipe del Morro. San Juan also prides itself on its bustling Old San Juan district and exquisite local cuisine. This city, with a cultural heritage influenced by the Taino, Spanish, and African cultures, is adorned with colorful colonial architecture, lively plazas, and a lively arts scene. Simultaneously, San Juan shines with its modern appeal, boasting a thriving tourism industry, commerce, and education, all seamlessly connected by an efficient public transportation system. The neighborhoods and key landmarks are readily accessible. The locals, known for their warm and welcoming nature, are eager to share San Juan’s unique blend of traditional Puerto Rican culture and contemporary lifestyle with visitors.

San Juan beckons as a one-of-a-kind study abroad destination, offering an unparalleled blend of cultural richness and modern allure. Its unique fusion of historical heritage and contemporary vibrancy provides an extraordinary backdrop for personal growth and cultural exploration. With its warm and inclusive atmosphere, San Juan offers students the chance to immerse themselves in a diverse and dynamic environment that celebrates the traditions of Puerto Rican culture while embracing the spirit of the present day.

Why choose San Juan, Puerto Rico over other destinations?

San Juan beckons as a one-of-a-kind study abroad destination, offering an unparalleled blend of cultural richness and modern allure. Its unique fusion of historical heritage and contemporary vibrancy provides an extraordinary backdrop for personal growth and cultural exploration. With its warm and inclusive atmosphere, San Juan offers students the chance to immerse themselves in a diverse and dynamic environment that celebrates the traditions of Puerto Rican culture while embracing the spirit of the present day.

Why Study Abroad in San Juan, Puerto Rico?

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Artistic Pulse

San Juan’s art world melds rich history with vibrant street art, making the city a canvas of Puerto Rican culture. From the traditional craftsmanship found in Old San Juan to the cutting-edge galleries in Santurce, the city offers an immersive journey through its artistic heritage, appealing to creative spirits.

Culinary Exploration

San Juan’s gastronomy is a flavorful testament to its diverse cultural influences, offering everything from street food to sophisticated cuisine. Students can relish in the island’s culinary delights, such as mofongo and arroz con gandules, discovering the essence of Caribbean flavors in bustling markets and local eateries.

Cultural Immersion

In San Juan, Spanish language and Puerto Rican culture offer a vibrant backdrop for academic and personal growth. From historical landmarks in Old San Juan to lively cultural festivals, the city is a rich tapestry of experiences that foster deep connections with the island’s heritage and community.

Vibrant Living

Living in San Juan means embracing a lifestyle where history, culture, and natural beauty converge. Whether it’s exploring the blue cobblestone streets, enjoying the local music scene, or relaxing on sun-soaked beaches, San Juan offers a dynamic and enriching setting for students seeking a memorable experience. 🇵🇷✨

Delicious local food in San Juan, Puerto RicoYour semester in San Juan, Puerto Rico, unfolds into an enriching journey, not just academically, but by plunging you into the heart of Puerto Rican culture. We’ve curated a selection of cultural activities and excursions to enhance your experience, offering you a vibrant tapestry of the island’s heritage and lifestyle. Here’s what awaits you in San Juan:

🌺 Cultural Excursions:

  • Historic Exploration: Begin with a tour of Castillo El Morro and a stroll through the charming streets of Old San Juan, where history comes alive around every corner.
  • Natural Wonders: Venture into El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System, for a day of breathtaking scenery and possibly a dip in a waterfall.
  • Southern Charm: Take a trip to Ponce, known as the “Pearl of the South,” to visit Castillo Serrallés, the Museo del Vejigante, and Plaza del Pueblo, showcasing the island’s rich architecture and vibrant cultural scene.
  • Urban Adventure: Experience San Juan from a different perspective with an excursion on the Tren Urbano, providing insights into daily life and urban culture.

🍴 Culinary Experiences:

  • Authentic Flavors: Savor the tastes of Puerto Rico at a traditional restaurant, diving into dishes like mofongo, arroz con habichuelas, tostones, and pasteles, accompanied by local frituras and refreshing jugos del país.
  • Salsa Nights: Embrace the rhythm of the island with an opportunity to dance salsa, offering a lively way to connect with Puerto Rican music and dance traditions.

This immersive cultural program is designed to ensure you experience the essence of San Juan and Puerto Rico, not just as a visitor, but as an integral part of its vibrant community. While most activities are included in your program’s cost, some might require a small additional fee. Availability may vary based on the program schedule. This collection of experiences promises a semester filled with discovery, learning, and unforgettable memories in the heart of the Caribbean. 🇵🇷✨

Meet your Resident Director

As Resident Director, I am your go-to person in San Juan. I will help you navigate the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, point you in the right direction as you develop your intellectual interests, and be there when you need me. I hope to welcome you and make your visit a rewarding experience, a journey through which you will learn the language while you discover the wonders of Puerto Rico, of the city of San Juan, and of its inhabitants.
Alexandra Vega RESIDENT DIRECTOR PUERTO RICO
Alexandra Vega
Resident Director, San Juan

Housing

Student Residences

Students will reside on campus in single-sex dormitories, sharing double rooms with Puerto Rican roommates. These accommodations are well-equipped with refrigerators, shared bathrooms, and cooking facilities, ensuring a comfortable living environment. Enhanced by twenty-four-hour security, the dorms offer a safe and secure setting for all students. The campus features a main cafeteria and several snack bars, complementing the local dining scene. With access to the town’s diverse restaurants and eateries, students can immerse themselves in the rich culinary culture of San Juan.

 
 

Where will you study?

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The Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (USC) stands as Puerto Rico’s oldest private educational entity, distinguished by its inclusion in the National Register of Historic Sites, notably for its Main Administration Building, Portico, and Chapel. Situated on a 32-acre site in San Juan, USC combines a unique campus atmosphere with urban accessibility.

USC’s intimate campus fosters a close-knit community where students form lasting support networks and friendships. As a selective liberal arts university, it emphasizes interdisciplinary education, providing a rich academic and cultural environment for student interaction.

Safety and Support: USC prioritizes student health and safety, offering 24-hour dorm security and comprehensive support services, including academic and personal assistance through the Programa de Apoyo (PAE). Health services are readily available with a 24-hour nurse and psychological support in both English and Spanish. For off-campus explorations, reliable shuttle services ensure safe transport.

Campus Facilities:

  • Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • Extensive library and language lab
  • Dedicated volunteer office
  • Modern exercise rooms
  • Mac lab and multiple computer facilities

These features underline USC’s commitment to a holistic educational experience, blending academic rigor with physical well-being and community engagement.

Alumni Experiences

A day in the life of a student...

Independent Research Project

SSA student Ava Mendhelson, from @mendel_productions, produced the following video on the theme of gentrification in Puerto Rico. Aside from being a fascinating topic, it’s a wonderful overview of life in PR.

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