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Location | San Juan
Population | 1,000,000
Enrollment | 14,000
Language | Spanish
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment

Term Dates
Fall | 08/16-12/19
Spring | 01/17-05/17

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

San Juan, PR


About This Campus

The University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, was established in 1903. Is the oldest and largest center of higher education in the Caribbean. It is also recognized as the unit with the most comprehensive professional and graduate programs and the leading research university in Puerto Rico, with a system of 30 libraries and investigation centers, many of which specialize in particular subjects. The UPR offers over 80 undergraduate, 55 master’s degree and 14 doctoral programs under the following schools: Architecture, Business Administration, Communications, Education, General Studies, Graduate School of Planning, Graduate School of Science and Information Technology, Humanities, Law School, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. The campus exhibits an array of antique and modern buildings surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and landscaping. Is considered to be the heart of the commercial and cultural area of Río Piedras.

Location Information

The UPR is located in the Island's capital city of San Juan, one of the America's oldest towns. Is easily accessible via public transportation, including the Urban Train, for which the university has an on-campus station. Nestled in a tropical setting between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico boasts more than 250 miles of beautiful shoreline, inviting to swimming, boating, and myriad of other marine recreational activities. Including particular destination as Culebra Island.

Helpful Information

The language of instruction is Spanish, but some books are in English.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Closed
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Open
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  • Campus Catalog
  • When will I register? According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Law School and Graduate Programs

Highly competive courses in Computer Sciences, Psychology and Business Administration. Students taking courses in the School of Communications must have 3.0 GPA. Students taking courses in the School of Natural Sciences must have a 3.0 GPA. The Architecture School requires evaluating the student profile before considering admission. The courses of the Continuing Educational and Professional Studies Division (DECEP) are not included in the cost of Plan A or B. Student must pay for each DECEP courses. Courses in Communication are not guaranteed.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Political Science - It is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Adapted Physical Education, Advertising... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • General Eligibility Requirements
  • No students accepted from other NSE members within my own U.S. territory
  • 2.75 GPA
  • The language of instruction is Spanish. Students must demonstrate Spanish language proficiency on their home campus prior to placement.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Preferred
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/22/24

Finances Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Pay resident-rate tuition to your host campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your home campus
  • Estimated cost: $2455.
  • Figures are based on full-time enrollment.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 15 ($157 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 15 ($157 per additional hour)

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $255 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
ID Card $10 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Technology Fee $100 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $7 Year Host & Home Optional
Maintenance Fee $50 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Laboratory Fee $100 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Important Notes: All fees are paid directly in the Collection Office with a Money Order, cash or Credit Card upon arrival, except housing deposit wich is paid directly to Plaza Universitaria Housing. Health Insurance must be paid before enrollment of the courses.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/22/24

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Approximate cost: $1275
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $600
  • Proximity to campus: 0.25
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Beginning January 2023, incoming exchange students will have the following housing options: The Plaza Universitaria Residence Hall and off-campus accommodations. The off-campus housing information will be sent directly to the student. Plaza Universitaria is a private residence. Rooms are double with air conditioning, small kitchenette with microwave oven (no stove), small refrigerator and a small dining table. The bathroom is located inside the room and shared between roommates. A full kitchen is available on each floor. Required deposit is $255 (non-reimbursable) a total payment of $1275 per semester is due upon arrival. Contact information: Administration Officers Tel:(787) 764-0000 x-81443, email: ipeluyera@uprparking.com

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Students should budget a minimum of $20 per day / $2,000 semester for meals.


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/22/24

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $649 Semester Host & Home Mandatory

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Health Insurance must be paid before enrollment of the courses.

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


    Other Health Related Comments
    Health Insurance Plan of the campus is mandatory.

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