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F A S T   F A C T S
Location | Arecibo
Population | 95,667
Enrollment | 2,700
Language | Spanish
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host

Term Dates
Fall | 0815-1217
Spring | 0123-0515

Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo

Arecibo, PR


About This Campus

The Inter American University of Puerto Rico has been a part of our history for over 106 years. In 1956, a group of visionary Inter American alumni established the Arecibo Campus becoming the only post-secondary education system in the northwestern area of the island during the 1960s. Throughout the years, student enrollment outgrew the campus facilities; simultaneously, a more diversified academic offer was developed. Our Campus academic offer includes degree-granting programs in Natural Sciences and Technology, the Health-allied Professions, Education, Social Science, and Economic and Administrative Sciences, at the level of Technical Certificates, Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees. The Campus provides distance education in various disciplines, including, but not limited to seven full online programs in the Teacher Preparation discipline.

Location Information

The Campus is located on about 40 acres of land on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the municipality of Arecibo in the North West coast of the island of Puerto Rico. Our Campus is next to the main road connecting to other cities, five minutes away from the highway exit, and just 45 minutes away from the capital city. It is also at close reach to the Southern central mountainous area of the island, while its privileged location makes traveling from this destiny to the rest of the island

Helpful Information

Although most of our population speaks and understands English, our visitors are able to practice Spanish, the island’s official language. This will offer international students exposure to the Spanish language, providing them the opportunity to learn and practice the language in a real context. They will gain linguistic skills while becoming better qualified for professional experience. Our island has a very rich cultural heritage, formed by the Spaniard, African, and Indigenous population.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Open
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Open
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  • Campus Catalog
  • When will I register? With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Applied Biology, Applied Mathematics... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/12/23

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: $3216.
  • 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: 18 ($190 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: None.

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
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Important Notes: *The original ID card is free of cost. A replacement has a cost of $7.00 **Parking fee is optional and is adjusted during the summer session.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/12/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • not available
Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
A list of off-campus housing available will be provided upon request.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
On campus cafeteria available; off-campus fast foods and restaurants available at walking distance. Grocery stores nearby.


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/12/23

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Arecibo Campus does not offer health insurance to its students; therefore, students must have their own health insurance policy.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.


Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
The campus has wheelchair access to all buildings, classrooms, and parking. Limited public transportation. The campus provides airport-campus and campus-airport transportation.

Other Health Related Comments
Accommodation is available for students with learning and physical disability.

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