Profile: University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Fast Facts

Location:San Juan
On Campus:2%
  • Fall 08/11-12/18
  • Spring 01/20-05/22

Tuition & Payments

You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room Only:

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Campus Diversity
0%Native/First Nation
0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
0%Two or more races

Campus Profile

The University of Puerto Rico is located in Rio Piedras in the Island's capital city of San Juan, one of the America's oldest towns. Puerto Rico is a charming island of eternal springtime and vivid colors. The scenery is superb, and its variety, on an island only 100 miles long bt 35 miles wide, is truly astonishing. Nestled in a tropical setting between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico boasts more than 250 miles of beautiful shoretime, conductive to swimming, boating, and myriad of ther marine recreational activities.Including particular destination as Culebra Island which is cataloged to have the best beaches according to the Travel Channel.

Campus Location - The University of Puerto Rico is in the heart of the City of Rio Piedras, which is an university campus where accessible restaurant, drugs stores, supermarket, shops, etc.

Helpful Information - The language of instruction is Spanish.

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, Physical Education

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

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

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

Closed Programs
Law School

Highly competive courses in Computer Sciences, psychology and Business Administration. Students taking courses in the College of Communications must have 3.0 GPA. Students taking courses in the College 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.

Registration Priority GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences Mid-Year Exchange Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students Summer Exchange International Students (Visa Students)
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 2/8/2017.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit: $255 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Insurance: $418 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
ID Card: $5 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Technology Fee: $72 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Orientation Fee: $25 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Laboratory: Fee: $30 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: All fees are paid directly in the Student Exchange Office with a Money Order 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
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:

Use FAFSA CODE: 007108

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

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
On-Campus Housing Per Semester 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 :

Meal Plans Per Semester

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.