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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.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

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Fast Facts

Location | Arecibo
Population | 95,667
Enrollment | 3,690
Language | Spanish
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 0824-1217
Spring | 0119-0515

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 0%
Black | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 98%
Two or more | 0%
White | 0%
Other | 2%
International | 0%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Special ProgramsOptions
Honors Access: Yes
Study Abroad Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Applied Biology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Data Processing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • English
  • Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Management Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Merchandising and Buying Operations
  • Nursing
  • Office Administration
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 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
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/23/21

  • 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 Students
  • Estimated cost: $3216.
  • 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 students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18 ($190 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: None.

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 005026

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Parking Access card Fee $50 Year Host Optional

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 06/23/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester 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.


Campus Links


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/23/21

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


  • Immunization before registering
  • Health / accident insurance (encouraged)
  • Immunization: DTap (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Hepatitis B
  • Immunization: Meningococcal
  • Immunization: DTP, Flu, Hib, Hep.A, HPV, MenB, OPV or TOPV, PCV-13, Td (adult), Tdap, VAR

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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