Summer Term Program

Dates and Fees

  • 2020 Puerto Rico Integrated Summer Term 1
    Jun, 2020-Jun, 2020 View Program Calendar
    Apr 15, 2020
  • 2020 Puerto Rico Integrated Summer Term 2
    Jun, 2020-Jul, 2020 View Program Calendar
    Apr 15, 2020
  • 2020 Puerto Rico Integrated Summer Terms 1 & 2
    Jun, 2020-Jul, 2020 View Program Calendar
    Apr 15, 2020
  • 2020 Puerto Rico Intensive Language Summer Term 1
    Jun, 2020-Jun, 2020 View Program Calendar
    Apr 15, 2020
  • 2020 Puerto Rico Intensive Language Summer Term 2
    Jun, 2020-Jul, 2020 View Program Calendar
    Apr 15, 2020
  • 2020 Puerto Rico Intensive Language Summer Terms 1 & 2
    Jun, 2020-Jul, 2020 View Program Calendar
    Apr 15, 2020

Course Catalog

Summer Term in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Program Information

The Summer Terms consist of four-week intensive language and/or content course sessions in June and July. In the Intensive Language Program, students take one 3-credit language course per term and have the option of taking a history course in English for an additional 3 credits. Advanced students in the Integrated Program select one or two courses from a variety of disciplines and may also choose to participate in an internship or service learning opportunity during their summer term. 

The Spanish Studies Resident Director and staff guide you through this process of discovery by regular contact with Spanish Studies students and organizing exciting outdoor activities and study trips to get to know the culture and people of Puerto Rico. 


  • Dedication to academic excellence
  • Classes held Monday through Friday
  • Intensive Spanish courses for beginners and for advanced students of Spanish
  • Study visits included in program fees
  • 3-6 semester credits per term
  • No Spanish required for the Intensive Language Program and 4 semesters of college Spanish for Integrated Program
  • All applicants must be at least 18 years old before program begins
  • Enrollment in individual courses, especially language courses, may have additional prerequisites

Intensive Language for Absolute Beginners

  • 3.0 overall GPA required
  • No Spanish required
  • Beginner Spanish, Level 1 offered in June
  • Beginner Spanish, Level 2 offered in July
  • Each course worth 3 credits
  • Optional History of Puerto Rico course offered in June and taught in English

Integrated Program

  • 3.0 GPA required in Spanish language coursework
  • 4 semesters of college Spanish required prior to applying
  • Students can choose courses in a variety of disciplines worth 3 credits each:
    • Humanities
    • Spanish Language
    • Communication
    • Education
    • Natural Sciences
    • Business Administration

All courses are taught by Puerto Rican university professors.

Click here to see a list of undergraduate summer courses at USC. For specific course descriptions or questions regarding courses, please contact


Students will live on campus in single-sex dorms with Latin American, Spanish, or Puerto Rican roommates. All dorms are double rooms, and come equipped with refrigerators, shared bathrooms and cooking facilities. Twenty-four hour 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.

  • Tuition
  • Double-occupancy room
  • Study visits & cultural activities
  • Orientation
  • Health Insurance
  • Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and Spanish Studies Abroad transcript
  • Support of on-site Spanish Studies staff

Housing Information

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.