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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 books are in English.

2019/2020 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | San Juan
Population | 1,000,000
Enrollment | 16,215
Language | Spanish
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/20-12/19
Spring | 01/14-05/17

Campus Diversity

White | 1%
Black | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 97%
Asian | 1%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 0%
Other | 0%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs
Law School

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)
  • Political Science

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: Anthropology

Architecture: Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design

Area Studies: Art Studies, Caribbean Studies, Hispanic Studies, Latin American Studies, Puerto Rican Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Applied Art, Art, Art Education, Art History, Computer Graphics, Design, Digital Arts, Drawing, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Adapted Physical Education, Exercise Science, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Biosciences, Zoology

Business: Accounting, Administrative Office Management, Administrative Systems Management, Advertising, Business, Business Administration, Business Education, Business Information Systems, E-Business, Finance and Operation Management, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, Labor Studies, Management, Marketing, Office Management, Operations Research, Public Administration, Public Relations, Secretarial Administration/Science

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Journalism, Mass Communication, Newspapers, Photo Journalism, Publishing, Radio and Television Studies, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Television, Visual Communication Technology

Computer Science: System Administration

Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies, Family Economics and Resource Management, Home Economics

Criminal Justice: Criminology, Legal Studies

Earth Sciences: Geology, Physical Sciences, Science

Economics: Economics

Education: Bilingual, Child Care, Child Development, Curriculum/ Instruction Supervision, Early Childhood, Educational Studies, Elementary Education, English, French, Home Economics, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Kindergarten Education, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Preschool Education, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education, Teaching and Learning, Theatre Education

English: English, Film Studies, Language and Literacy, Linguistics, Literature

Environmental Studies: Ecology, Environmental Design, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources

Food Science: Nutrition

Foreign Language: Chinese, English as a Foreign Language, French, French as a Foreign Language, German, Interpretation/Translation, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Romance Languages, Spanish

General Studies: Arts and Science, Classical Studies, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Spanish Literature

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Planning

Geology: Geology

History: History

Industrial Studies: Industrial Education

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Science

Library Science: Library Science

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics

Military Sciences: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC

Performing Arts: Acting, Ballet, Choral Music, Dance, Dramatic Literature, Modern Dance, Music, Music Education, Music Theater, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Education

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Humanistic Studies, Philosophy

Physics: Chemical Physics, Physics

Political Science: Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Psychology: Child Psychology, Counseling, Industrial Psychology, Psychology

Recreation: Recreation

Sociology/Social Work: Social Science, Social Work, Sociology, Womens Studies

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links 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.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Preferred
  • 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 accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- 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 (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 07/30/19.
  • Estimated cost: $1932.
  • 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 (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) 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 (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 15 ($115 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 15 ($115 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/30/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $255 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Insurance $700 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
ID Card $5 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Technology Fee $72 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $7 Year Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee $175 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: All fees are paid directly in the Office of the Assistant Dean of International Relations with a Money Order or Credit Card upon arrival, except housing deposit wich is paid directly to Plaza Universitaria Housing.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $552 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A 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 Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • DL
Use FAFSA CODE: 007108

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/30/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 5% living on campus
  • Double: $1275
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 20
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 20
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $355
  • Proximity to campus: 0.25
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
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. Wi-Fi and a telephone line are available in the bedrooms. Required deposit is $255 (non-reimbursable) a total payment of $1275 per semester is due upon arrival. Contact information: Miriam Torres, Administrator Plaza Universitaria, Tel: (787) 764-0000 x-81250, email: plazauniversitaria.dui@upr.edu

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal plans are not available.
Notes About Meal Plans
Students should budget a minimum of $20 per day / $2,000 semester for meals.

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