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Summer Study Abroad in Spanish

Term

Start Date

End Date

Deadline

Price

Summer Terms 1 & 2, 2024

May, 2024

Jul, 2024

Apr 15, 2024

$9.800

Summer Term 1, 2024

May 28, 2024

Jun 21, 2024

Apr 15, 2024

$5.300

Summer Term 2, 2024

Jun 24, 2024

Jul 23, 2024

Apr 15, 2024

$5.300

Summer Terms 1 & 2, 2024

May 28, 2024

Jul 23, 2024

Apr 15, 2024

$9.800

Summer Term 1, 2024

May 28, 2024

Jun 21, 2024

Apr 15, 2024

$5.300

Summer Term 2, 2024

Jun 24, 2024

Jul 23, 2024

Apr 15, 2024

$5.300

Summer Terms 1 & 2, 2024

May 28, 2024

Jul 23, 2024

Apr 15, 2024

$9.800

Summer Terms 1 2025

May, 2025

Jul, 2025

Apr 15, 2025

$5.300

Summer Term 2 2025

Jun, 2025

Jul, 2025

Apr 15, 2025

$5.300

Summer Term 1, 2025

May, 2025

Jun, 2025

Apr 15, 2025

$5.300

Summer Term 2, 2025

Jun, 2025

Jul, 2025

Apr 15, 2025

$5.300

Program Overview

Immerse Yourself in Spanish and Puerto Rican Culture This Summer! 

Our Summer Study Abroad program in San Juan, Puerto Rico, offers students an immersive experience in Spanish language and Puerto Rican culture. Set in the vibrant capital city, this program is perfect for those looking to enhance their Spanish skills while experiencing the rich cultural heritage and lively atmosphere of this Caribbean island.

Highlights:

  • Intensive Spanish Language Courses: Tailored to fit various levels of proficiency, these courses aim to improve your Spanish through classroom instruction and real-world practice.
  • Cultural Immersion: Dive into the heart of Puerto Rican culture with guided tours, cultural workshops, and local events that showcase the island’s history, art, and traditions.
  • Dynamic Urban and Natural Settings: Explore San Juan’s colorful streets, historic sites, and beautiful beaches, providing a diverse backdrop for study and exploration.

San Juan’s unique blend of Spanish, American, and Caribbean influences makes it an ideal location for a summer study abroad program. Students will not only advance their language skills but also gain a deeper understanding of Puerto Rican society and the broader Spanish-speaking world.

Join us in San Juan for a summer filled with learning, adventure, and the opportunity to explore the vibrant culture and scenic beauty of Puerto Rico.

Program Details

Program Availability

Intensive Language Requirements

Advanced Spanish Requirements

Inclusions

Fees

Life Abroad

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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.

Academics

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:

Subject

Course

Courses

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

Description: Enhance Spanish language skills focusing on advanced grammar, vocabulary, writing, and conversation, preparing for proficient communication in academic and professional settings.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Theoretical practice study of the basic grammar structures essential to learn Spanish as a second language. The course provides the students with the opportunity to learn the Spanish language through the study of grammar structures and basic vocabulary. Topics from Hispanic Caribbean and Hispanic American culture. Second Level.
Prerequisites: One semester of college Spanish.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Academic Institutions

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The Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (USC), 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 Summer Study Abroad Program in Spanish in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is an immersive experience designed for students eager to enhance their Spanish language skills while engaging with the rich cultural and historical context of the Caribbean. This program combines intensive Spanish language courses with a deep dive into Puerto Rico’s unique heritage, offering a vibrant blend of academic learning and cultural exploration in one of the most picturesque settings in the Caribbean.

📚 Spanish Language Immersion:

Dates & Fees

Term

Deadline

Start Date

End Date

Fee

Application

Apr 15, 2024

May, 2024

Jul, 2024

$9.800

Apr 15, 2024

May 28, 2024

Jun 21, 2024

$5.300

Apr 15, 2024

Jun 24, 2024

Jul 23, 2024

$5.300

Apr 15, 2024

May 28, 2024

Jul 23, 2024

$9.800

Apr 15, 2024

May 28, 2024

Jun 21, 2024

$5.300

Apr 15, 2024

Jun 24, 2024

Jul 23, 2024

$5.300

Apr 15, 2024

May 28, 2024

Jul 23, 2024

$9.800

Apr 15, 2025

May, 2025

Jul, 2025

$5.300

Apr 15, 2025

Jun, 2025

Jul, 2025

$5.300

Apr 15, 2025

May, 2025

Jun, 2025

$5.300

Apr 15, 2025

Jun, 2025

Jul, 2025

$5.300

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