San Juan, PUERTO RICO
Universidad del Sagrado Corazon (SSA)
Fall: September - December
Spring: January - May
As a study abroad student in Puerto Rico you will see beyond the white sand beaches and tourist attractions. Student life, coursework and local activities will quickly encourage you to become fully immersed in the language and culture of the Caribbean island lifestyle and heritage.
Known today as “La Ciudad Amurallada” (the walled city), San Juan is one of the biggest natural harbors in the Caribbean and the oldest city in United States territory. It is also the one of the largest capitals in the Caribbean, with a population of around 2.73 million people. Old San Juan holds many of the government buildings and is characterized by its seventeenth and eighteenth century colonial style which echoes its Spanish ancestry.
Spanish Studies Abroad offers an excellent opportunity for cross-cultural study at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon (USC). The University promotes a participatory and personalized education and emphasizes the humanistic, scientific, technological, and professional formation of its students. You develop a strong language competency in Spanish, the capacity for team work and the ability to recognize, distinguish, and practice ethical values. The curriculum assures the development of critical and creative thinking skills, a multicultural perspective and the integration of theory and practice through service learning.
The Universidad del Sagrado Corazon, is the oldest private educational institution in Puerto Rico. Originally founded in 1880 as an all girl’s school by the religious order of the Society of the Sacred Heart, the institution become the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon in 1935. Located on 32 acres in the heart of San Juan, the university has both a distinctive campus and an urban environment.
There are two different tracks for the Puerto Rico program – Spanish Studies or Integrated. For the Spanish Studies track, you are required to take a 6-credit course in Spanish language at your level and a “Cultural Realities of Puerto Rico” course taught in English. In addition, you will be able to take one or additional courses in English for a total of 12-15 credits for the semester.
Required Courses (9 credits):
Spanish Language (6 credits)
Cultural Realities of Puerto Rico (3 credits)
Elective Courses (3-6 credits):
The Political, Economic and Social Reality of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Latin America* (3 credits)
Service Learning Seminar* (3 credits)
Internship (3 credits)
Required Courses (6 credits):
Spanish Language (3 credits)
Cultural Realities of Puerto Rico (in Spanish – 3 credits)
Elective Courses (6-12 credits):
Internship (3 credits)
Choose additional integrated courses in a variety of disciplines. Final Exams may be taken in English. Professors are flexible and bilingual.
• Natural Sciences
• Business Administration
Students will live on the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon campus in single-sex dorms with Puerto Rican roommates. All dorms are double rooms, and come equipped with refrigerators, shared bathrooms and cooking facilities. Twenty-four hours security ensures the absolute safety of the students. Along with a main cafeteria and several snack bars, students will be able to take full advantage of the rich and delicious culinary culture in the town’s many restaurants and eateries.
For the current program charge amount, please check the Budget Sheets above contact the Study Abroad Office. The program charge includes Lewis tuition, housing for on-campus accommodations in shared double rooms, on-site orientation, program-sponsored excursions, medical insurance, and a mandatory $300 Lewis Study Abroad fee.
The program charge does not include airfare, passport and visa fees, off-campus accommodations, meals, supplies, and personal expenses. Meal plans are available through the UCD Accommodation Office.
Program charges are based on costs of the prior year, as well as projections for the current and coming years. Inflation and fluctuating exchange rates make it difficult to state a fixed cost. Lewis University, therefore, reserves the right to adjust program fees and the right to cancel or alter programs and courses.
To be eligible, you must be a Lewis student with at least a 3.0 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate. You must have completed at least one semester of college level Spanish to participate in the Spanish Studies program and at least five semesters of college-level Spanish to participate in the Integrated program.
Please click on the Application link in the left column to learn more about the application process and what other materials are required. If you are ready to apply, then click on the Apply Now button.