International Studies in English Programs in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Take coursework through the local university, in English, with local and international students. Most courses are in English, while some courses are offered in Spanish for those with more advanced skills. Take a Spanish language course and electives in English, benefit from cultural activities, study tours, and support from our resident director. A variety of courses include humanities, business, science and more.

International Studies in English Program

Upcoming International Studies in English Programs in San Juan, Puerto Rico

2019-2020 Puerto Rico International Studies Academic Year

Aug 8, 2019-May 20, 2020
May 15, 2019

2019 Puerto Rico International Studies Fall Semester

Aug 8, 2019-Dec 10, 2019
May 15, 2019

2020 Puerto Rico International Studies Spring Semester

Jan 19, 2020-May 21, 2020
Oct 15, 2019

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, 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 Corazón (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 required
  • 12-15 credits per semester


All courses are taught by Universidad del Sagrado Corazón professors.


Students will live on campus in single-sex dorms with Puerto Rican roommates. All dorms are double rooms, and come equipped with refrigerators, shared bathrooms and cooking facilities. Twenty-four hours security ensures the absolute safety of the students. Along with a main cafeteria and several snack bars, students will be able to take full advantage of the rich and delicious culinary culture in the town's many restaurants and eateries.

Costs Include

  • Tuition
  • Double occupancy room
  • Orientation & Study Tours
  • Health Insurance
  • Spanish Studies transcript
  • Support of onsite staff

Cultural Information

Population: 3,690,923

Currency: US Dollar

Capital: San Juan


Originally claimed for Spain in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, Puerto Rico remained under Spanish control until it was ceded to the United States in the Spanish-American War of 1898. In 1952 the island became a commonwealth of the United States and remains so to this day. The city of San Juan is the largest capital in the Caribbean and is considered the cultural heart of Puerto Rico.


Mofongo is a mashed fried green plantain or yautia (a locally grown tuber root vegetable) either stuffed with a variety of fillings (including steak, seafood, chicken, pork or vegetables) or served as a side to a main course.

Asopao is a hearty soup made with chicken, rice, sofrito (a zesty seasoning popular in Latin cuisine) and vegetables.

Lechón is roast suckling pig, and is considered to be one of the best dishes of Puerto Rican food!

Life outside the Classroom

There is always something new and exciting to do in Puerto Rico. South Fortaleza Street in Old San Juan, nicknamed Sofo, is one of the premier places to go for students who want to sample the island's rich cuisine. There is also El Yunque, the only subtropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service, which is known for its breath taking beauty. Puerto Rico also has over 300 pristine beaches, some of which are considered among the most beautiful in the world. There is a wide variety of museums, shops, and theaters as well as an active nightlife, with many clubs and concerts providing entertainment. Salsa is very popular on the island, and you can easily find clubs and cafes devoted entirely to this style of dance. With outdoor activities such as hiking and horseback riding, kayaking, scuba diving, golf, zip lines and hang gliding students will never want for something to do.

Spanish Studies wants you to have fun while studying abroad; however, you are expected to meet all of your academic responsibilities. Check out See Puerto Rico, a website that lists music, theater, and other events currently happening on the island.


To enhance your cultural experience in San Juan, Spanish Studies Abroad organizes various excursions, study visits and other activities throughout your semester or summer. These activities are coordinated to enhance your class studies.

Study visits include:

  • Ponce
  • El Yunque, Tropical Rain Forest
  • Bioluminscent Bay in Fajardo

In addition, Universidad del Sagrado Corazon international students program offers opportunities to explore your surroundings and offers field trips planned in or around the curriculum.

Housing Information