A Tropical Paradise for Spanish Speakers
Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island located south of Florida and east of the Dominican Republic. It is famous for its diverse tropical landscape, beautiful beaches and coral reefs, warm Caribbean climate, salsa music, and most importantly the friendly and hospitable people.
Puerto Rico often called Isla del Encanto, has everything from caves, to tropical forests, to nature reserves for you to explore. Want to make the most of Mayaguez? Explore the Torre and make friends with the locals, check out Boricua for some local music, or sing karaoke on special nights. Mayaguez is rich in culture and adventure as well as history; the city boasts a tribute to Christopher Columbus! The classes offered at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez include aerospace studies, arts and sciences, business administration, engineering, and military sciences. You can even work for your master’s degree while studying in this exciting city!
This program is best for a student that is independent. A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed. Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.
WHAT PAST STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY
To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:
Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up. Direct options may have an additional cost (see a financial section for more information).
The city of Mayagüez is located on the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico. It is the center of population, commerce, and culture for the region and enjoys an excellent quality of life.
Public and coeducational, the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) serves a population of 3.6 million American citizens in Puerto Rico. Founded in 1903 as a small Teacher’s College in Río Piedras, UPR encompasses a modern system with three main campuses, two university colleges, six regional colleges and other units throughout Puerto Rico. UPR”s 55,126 students account for six percent of all Hispanics enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher learning.
The classes offered at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez include aerospace studies, arts and sciences, business administration, engineering, and military sciences. You can even work for your master’s degree while studying in this exciting city!
The following fields are particularly recommended for ISEP participants: engineering, agricultural sciences, business administration, and arts and sciences.
Courses taught in English are offered in the following subjects: Engineering, Geology, Biology, Business Administration, Physics, Mathematics, Marine Science, Humanities. A complete list of courses can be found here. If you are wishing to enroll in courses taught in English, view “Special Application Instructions” below.
If you are wishing to enroll in courses taught in English, it MUST be indicated within your application. When completing the Course Request List within the application, note that a course is taught in English under the “Other Information” section.
For more information on Courses offered, click here.
Academic Environment and Teaching Style
Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm. Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.
All courses/modules may have prerequisites. Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it. Be aware of these limitations.
Please review the ISEP country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.
Prior to the beginning of classes, there is a general orientation that includes student services, campus tour, culture information, emergency procedures and tourist information.
Students are not picked up at the airport. The host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.
|Housing and Meals|
All students are housed in shared apartments and will receive a monthly stipend to pay for housing and meals. UPRM doesn’t have on-campus housing.
For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.
Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 programs:
Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of January 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.
You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.
Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.
Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.
For Questions About the Initial Application Process:
Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office