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Liberal Arts in Advanced Spanish
in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Apr 15, 2024
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Start Date: May, 2024
– End Date: Jul, 2024
End Date: Jul, 2024
Credits: 3-6

Program Overview

Deepen Your Spanish and Explore Liberal Arts in the Heart of the Caribbean! 🌴

Our Liberal Arts in Advanced Spanish program in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is perfect for students aiming to boost their Spanish skills while engaging with a broad range of disciplines. This program offers direct enrollment alongside Puerto Rican students in courses covering humanities, health, business, and more, providing a well-rounded educational experience.

Program Highlights:

  • Advanced Spanish Studies: Improve your Spanish through targeted instruction in literature, culture, and grammar.
  • Interdisciplinary Approach: Choose from a diverse set of courses, all available in Spanish, to expand your academic horizon.
  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in Puerto Rican life with cultural outings and community involvement, enhancing your linguistic and cultural fluency.

San Juan’s unique blend of historical depth and vibrant culture offers an ideal backdrop for students ready to deepen their understanding of the Spanish language and Caribbean studies. Join us in San Juan for a transformative academic experience.

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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, San Juan


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.


Course Selection

The available courses for students vary by program and are distributed between the SSA center and local universities. Please see the selection below, and contact us for the most current course information:




Internships/Service Learning

Critical study of the principles and debates in the social sciences. An analysis of the significant changes in the contemporary world in the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental spheres. Includes the dynamic role of the individual in these scenarios and processes of change.

Contact Hours:

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

An overview of the historical process of Puerto Rico with special emphasis on the social, economic, and political aspects of the 19th, 20th, and early 21st centuries. Topics such as the genesis of nationality, the laws that forged the Puerto Rican state, ideologies and political parties in Puerto Rico, and the future in a society that has not achieved a consensus regarding its political definition are analyzed.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

This course aims to develop self-learning students. By using the basic communication tools that the student already has, the course improves both oral and written communication skills, directed at students achieving the competencies of a native speaker. Based on research that shows that language is processed in blocks or groups of words, not just word by word, this level allows students to develop their learning based on a notional and functional approach based on the articulation of communicative intentions and the concepts the speaker is referring to.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

This is a writing workshop designed to introduce students to research skills and writing informal, formal, or monographic essays reflecting their research, according to what is required by the topics discussed. Ethical values are presented in the discussions and written essays. The course requires active participation by students in activities outside of the University campus, since research involves observation of reality through association with community projects and organizations. Ethical values are discussed.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

The nature and basic principles of oral communication. Group discussions and exercises. Oral interpretations, opinions and speeches. The use of logical arguments to influence an audience.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 2

Language/History/Cultural Studies

A workshop designed to help students refine their written composition skills. Writing and reading of various expository and argumentative essays.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Academic Institutions

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.

Why This Program?

The Liberal Arts in Advanced Spanish Program in San Juan, Puerto Rico, offers a unique academic and cultural immersion experience, blending advanced Spanish studies with the rich, diverse heritage of Puerto Rico, ideal for students seeking to master the Spanish language while exploring the Caribbean’s vibrant culture.

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