Universities in Puerto Rico

Universidad de Puerto Rico

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University Information

Locaction: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Founded: 1903
Undergraduate Students: 44 000
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Public research institution 
Website: www.upr.edu

About the University

With more than a century and 11 units across the island (Aguadilla, Arecibo, Bayamón, Carolina, Cayey, Humacao, Mayagüez, Medical School, Ponce, Rio Pedras, Utuado), the University of Puerto Rico offers knowledge and first-class technologies for the advancement and development of quality of life of our society.

It has 456 undergraduate academic programs, master’s, doctoral, post doctorates, and associates degrees, continuing education and professional growth (see the list below for both Rio Pedras and Mayagüez).

Rio Pedras is leader in research at Puerto Rico and counts 29 different libraries specialized in various fields of study.

  • Facultad de Estudios Generales
  • Facultad de Administración de Empresas
  • Escuela de Arquitectura
  • Facultad de Ciencias Naturales
  • Facultad de Ciencias Sociales
  • Escuela de Derecho
  • Facultad de Educación
  • Facultad de Humanidades
  • Escuela de Comunicación
  • Escuela Graduada de Ciencias y Tecnologías de la Información
  • Escuela Graduada de Planificación

Mayagüez is one college with many international students and professors who belong to one of the schools :

  • Facultad de Artes y Ciencias,
  • Facultad de Ingeniería,
  • Facultad de Administración de Empresas
  • Facultad de Ciencias Agrícolas,

Mayagüez offers three unique programs in Puerto Rico: Bachillerato en Biotecnología Industrial, Maestría en Ciencias Marítimas, Doctorado en Ciencias Marítimas.

No TOEFL is needed as this is a primarily Spanish-speaking University.  Students will need an attestation of B2 level in Spanish certified by a university professor.  

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

All full-time students, students living in university-sponsored housing at American University, and students with an F1 or J1 visa are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan.  This plan costs $1,750.00

Students may choose instead to subscribe to the insurance proposed by MICEFA, AIG.  The student must fill out an Insurance Waiver Form.

Living on-campus:  On-campus housing is guaranteed for exchange students.  The university recommends living on campus for security reasons and because it is difficult to find off campus housing.  

Students are housed off-campus in the Plaza Residence dorms.  For more information, visit the housing website.

Cost: $255.00 per month and a $255.00 deposit

Off-campus housing: Students can find their own housing off campus should they choose.  For information for housing off-campus, please see their guide

The average budget per month is: $400-500

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $6,500.00 per semester.