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Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo

Arecibo, PR

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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.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Campus Links

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Fast Facts

Location | Arecibo
Population | 95,667
Enrollment | 3,646
Language | Spanish
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 0813-1215
Spring | 0124-0522

Campus Diversity

White | 0%
Black | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 98%
Asian | 0%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 0%
Other | 2%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
Special ProgramsOptions
Honors Access: Yes
Study Abroad Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Athletics: Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Applied Biology, Biotechnology

Business: Accounting, Administrative Office Management, Business, Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Management, Management Information Systems, Office Administration, Secretarial Administration/Science

Chemistry: Chemistry

Computer Science: System Administration

Criminal Justice: Crime and Society, Criminal Justice, Criminology

Economics: Economics

Education: Curriculum/ Instruction Supervision, Early Childhood, English, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Kindergarten Education, Language and Literacy, Learning Disabilities, Mathematics, Physical Education, Preschool Education, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

English: English, Linguistics, Literature

General Studies: Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Spanish Literature

Health and Safety Sciences: Medical Records Administration and Services, Nursing

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

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Mathematics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Religious Studies

Physics: Applied Physics, Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Pre-Professional : Engineering Pre-Professional, Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Behavioral Science, Counseling, Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Social Science, Social Work, Sociology


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from other NSE members within my own U.S. territory
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A/B
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan 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 03/13/19.
  • Estimated cost: $3497.
  • 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): 18 ($187 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): None.
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 03/13/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Parking Access card Fee $5 Year Plan A Mandatory

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.

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

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
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 005026

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 03/13/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 0% living on campus
  • not available
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $250-300.
  • Proximity to campus: .5 - 1 mile
Notes About Housing
A list of off-campus housing available will be provided upon request.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal plans are not available.
Notes About Meal Plans
On campus cafeteria available; off-campus fast foods and restaurants available at walking distance. Grocery stores nearby.

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