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University of Puerto Rico, Cayey

Cayey, PR

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  1. Accepting exchange students for Spring 2022 only. Closed for Fall 2021.

About This Campus

The University of Puerto Rico at Cayey is located in the mountains of the central region area of Puerto Rico. Cayey is situated 45 minutes from San Juan and Ponce, the major cities of Puerto Rico. With a short drive in each direction you will find the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Puerto Rico's one season climate invites participation in outdoor activities such as fishing, scuba diving, wind surfing, sailing, swimming and other recreational activities. The University of Puerto Rico at Cayey is situated on a beautiful park-like campus of 145 acres. It offers it's 2,886 students 28 bachelor degrees programs in business administration, education, sciences, arts, humanities, hispanic studies, social and behavioral sciences.

Location Information

Our campus is located in the eastern center area of the Island. We are situated in a small town of the Island with a population of 48,119. We are surrounded by nature, mountains and rivers. Cayey is just 45 minutes away from San Juan, Puerto Rico's beautiful capital city.

Helpful Information

The language of instruction is Spanish. Certain advanced Spanish courses might be limited depending on language proficiency. Must have a interview with a Spanish professor or the NSE Coordinator before being placed.

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Cayey
Population | 48,119
Enrollment | 3,823
Language | Spanish
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Host Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/5-12/13
Spring | 01/9-05/25

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 0%
Black | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 99%
Two or more | 0%
White | 0%
Other | 1%
International | 0%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: After campus students
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Business Administration General Program, Secondary Education in Mathematics, Secondary Education in History and Agricultural Sciences.

Agricultural Sciences is an exclusive program for freshman students.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Education Department - The Education Department is accredited by CAEP the Council of the Acreditation of Educator Preparation, and the 98% passes the Education Board test in Puerto Rico and the results can be used in USA.https://cayey.upr.edu/decanato-de-asuntos-academicos/pedagogia/
  • Natural Sciences - Includin Biology and Chemistry these three programs offer investigations for students with RISE Program and Howard Hughes Program.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Management
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • History
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Mathematics
  • Mental Health Services
  • Office Administration
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from other NSE members within my own U.S. territory
  • 2.5 GPA
  • The language of instruction is Spanish. Students must demonstrate Spanish language proficiency on their home campus prior to placement and passed the oral interview.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 10/04/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $2385.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 21
  • Home Payment: 21

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
Use FAFSA CODE: 007206

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $300.00 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Activity Fee $175.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
ID Card $10.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Technology Fee $50.00 Semester Host Mandatory
Maintenance Fee $100.00 Semester Host Mandatory
Laboratory Fee $100.00 Semester Host Mandatory
Health Insurance Fee $463.00 Semester Host & Home Optional
Other Fee $145.00 Credit Hour Host Mandatory

Important Notes: There is a $100.00 lab. fee if students take a class that requires a lab. (science, psychology or certain education classes) The OFFICIAL cost for books and supplies is $1,084 per semester (Financial Aid Office)

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 10/04/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
Until further notice, no oncampus housing. The cost of double room is $300 but there is only a single room is $350.00. Depends what type of room and place. Laundry facilities on some housing are in another facility. There are taxi cars and Urber is difficult to get in Cayey.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Inside the University we have a cafeteria, there are lots of restaurants and food markets in walking distance.


Figures per Semester are current as of 10/04/21

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $649.00 Semester Home & Host Mandatory

Important Notes about Health Insurance
The health insurance costs less for the first semester, the second semester includes summer, the price depends on the coverage the student needs, with pharmacy, etc. If the insurance the student has does not cover Puerto Rico is mandatory to have ours.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $649 per year.


  • Health records due by: 04/15-11/15
  • Physical
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance
  • Must buy host campus plan
  • Immunization: DTap (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Hepatitis B
  • Immunization: Polio
  • Immunization: Meningococcal
  • Immunization: Tuberculosis
  • Immunization: Covid-19

Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
Uber can not access the airport to pick up, only taxi, public bus (will not accept luggage).

Other Health Related Comments
Is important that if you have medical insurance has to cover in Puerto Rico, if not, the student have to pay our insurance.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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