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  • Locations: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer I
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Spanish Studies Abroad 
  • Restrictions: Ithaca applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Minimum GPA: 3.0
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Areas of Study: Accounting, Biology, Business, Caribbean Studies, Culture, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Science, Geology, History, Humanities, Independent Study, International Business, Liberal Arts, Management, Marketing, Sciences, Service Learning, Spanish (Language)
Housing Options: Dormatory Program Provider: Spanish Studies Abroad
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Program Description:

International Studies Program - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Why choose San Juan?
Known today as “La Ciudad Amurallada” (the walled city), San Juan is one of the biggest natural harbors in the Caribbean and the oldest city in United States territory. It is also the one of the largest capitals in the Caribbean, with a population of around 2.73 million people. Old San Juan holds many of the government buildings and is characterized by its seventeenth and eighteenth century colonial style which echoes its Spanish ancestry.

About the International Studies Program
The International Studies program is specially designed for students who want a rich immersion experience on a Spanish campus. The program integrates thoughtful synthesis of study visits, language exchanges, volunteer, and other cultural opportunities into the curriculum, so that you may more fully integrate into the puertorriqueño culture.

Program Highlights
The goal of the International Studies Program is to guide you to live as a member of puertorriqueño culture, while gaining a profound understanding of your surroundings. Courses designed for international students learning Spanish and access to abundant cultural resources, workshops, and activities allow you to more fully integrate into campus life at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (USC). Through coursework, interaction with native students, and multiple cross-cultural opportunities, students will find Spanish Studies Abroad in San Juan to be a highly immersive study abroad experience.


  • Guided direct enrollment in courses specifically-designed for international students 
  • Classes taught by USC professors
  • Independent Research Projects
  • Intercambios with native speakers


  • All-inclusive program-sponsored study trips
  • Visits to locations such as El Yunque (Tropical Rain Forest), Old San Juan, the City of Ponce and more!
  • Optional excursions to various other sites in San Juan


  • Organized cultural activities with Puerto Rican and international students
  • Citywide festivals, upbeat nightlife and rich cultural attractions
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Access to campus life through student clubs, organizations, and university events

...with Spanish Studies Abroad

Program Inclusions:

Spanish Studies Abroad program fees include tuition, housing (on-campus dorm with native Spanish-speaker), support of the onsite Spanish Studies Abroad Resident Director, pre-departure support, excursions, cultural activities, orientation, health insurance, and a Spanish Studies Abroad transcript. Optional trips and activities are also available through the university.


  • 1 semester of college level Spanish or the equivalent 
  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • 3.0 overall GPA
  • 12-15 credits per semester


Spanish Studies Abroad

433 West Street
Suite 8
Amherst MA, 01002
tel: (413) 256-0011

International Studies Program in English               pr maps

The International Studies Program in English in San Juan, Puerto Rico allows students to experience island life while simultaneously developing their education. Immerse yourself in the unique culture of the island, stroll along the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan old, sample the many tropical infused flavors of the Caribbean and explore the many natural wonders of this island. During this program, students will take classes specifically designed for foreign students at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon (USC). The University promotes a participatory and active education that incorporates a multifaceted approach to learning.

  • Dedication to academic excellence
  • Classes held Monday to Thursday
  • Courses taught in English
  • Prerequisite: 1 semester of college level Spanish or the equivalent (ex. highschool)
  • All applicants must be at least 18 years old before program begins
  • 3.0 overall GPA
  • 12-15 credits per semester
All courses are taught by Universidad del Sagrado Corazon professors.

Students will live on campus in single-sex dorms with USC roommates.