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University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez - Intl


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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!

Read about studying at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez from a student's perspective on the ISEP Blog here.

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.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement is generally Excellent for US students. For the most current availability, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students.

Program Dates
Academic year: early August to May; Semester 1: early August to December; Semester 2: January to May.

Fast Facts
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (pop. 100,371)
Student Enrollment: 11,300
Language of instruction: Spanish
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Agricultural Sciences (agricultural sciences [agrobusiness, agricultural economy, agricultural extension, agronomy, crop protection, horticulture, soil science]); Arts and Sciences (humanities [art theory, comparative literature, English, French language & literature, Hispanic studies*, history, philosophy, plastic arts], natural sciences [biology*, chemistry*, computer science*, geology, industrial biotechnology, industrial microbiology, mathematics*, mathematics education, nursing, physical sciences, theoretical physics*], physical education, social sciences [economy, history, political science, psychology, sociology]); Business Administration* (accounting, computerized information systems, economy, finance, marketing); Engineering (engineering [chemical, civil*, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical], surveying & topography); Military Science, Animal Industry, Agricultural Education, Mechanical-Agricultural Education, Pre-Medicine Sciences, Human Resources Management, Operations Management, Office Management, Software Engineering

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.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Courses listed above with an asterisk (*) are also offered at the graduate level.

Graduate-level study only—Civil engineering (construction management, environmental, geotechnical, soil, structural, transportation, water resources), English Education, Marine Sciences, Statistics.

All students who wish to study at the graduate level must already be enrolled in equivalent courses at their home institution and have the equivalent of a 3.0 grade point average or higher.

Graduate degree programs are not available through an ISEP-Exchange.

Academic Notes
The following fields are particularly recommended for ISEP participants: engineering, agricultural sciences, business administration, and arts and sciences.

Students typically enroll in 4-5 classes per term which averages to 12-15 hours in class per week. A term runs for 16-17 weeks.


Transcripts are generally released by January for Semester 1 and by June for Semester 2. Full year transcripts are sent as per the final semester. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: A minimum of 4 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program. It is important to note that while most textbooks are in English, the language of instruction is Spanish.

Courses in English
Non-native English speakerswho wish to enroll in English language courses may be required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting the ISEP Language Proficiency Report. It is recommended that students wishing to enroll in courses in English have a minimum of 2 semesters of university-level Spanish completed before the program.

For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for US Students

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special ISEP Application Instructions

ALL applications MUST include a Language Proficiency Report (LPR) regardless of language level or having a background as a native/heritage speaker.

IMPORTANT: Due to regulations set by the university system, students attending the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez will be required to purchase the university’s health insurance (approximately USD$400-$600 per semester) in addition to the ISEP health insurance.

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.

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 and no married student housing is available.

“My living arrangements were wonderful. I received a stipend check to buy food at the grocery store. I lived in a house with seven Puerto Rican girls and one exchange student. It was a great experience to become such good friends with the girls and get to practice my Spanish.” -- Delaney Roberts, Hendrix College


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month are estimated at $250 - $300 USD. Books are an additional $600 USD (approximately) per semester.

Prior to the beginning of classes there is a general orientation that includes student services, campus tour, culture information, emergency procedures and tourist information.

“I can only tell the best about the ISEP coordinator at UPR Mayaguez; she is great, she does a great job, I miss her and I wish her all the best. ISEP is lucky to have her as a coordinator. She was always open to any question and would help in any way she could!” -- Andre Kaiser, Universität Trier


Students are not picked up at the airport. Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Public and co-educational, 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.

Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez is the most important center in the Atlantic region for the study of tropical marine science due to its location, facilities, and first-rate researchers. The College of Engineering offers modern computerized laboratories for teaching, measuring fatigue and fractures in different materials, designing manufactured products and the processes to build them, and computer design. There is also a Center for Civil Infrastructure used to design both structures resistant to natural disasters and transportation systems. Other research areas include development of solar powered vehicles and boats, utilization of satellite photography to study earth phenomena, and study of the environmental impact of industrial toxins.

What Past Students have to Say
“I was very shy with my Spanish at the beginning and it was amazing to notice how I got better and better in speaking it. At the end, people even told me that I must be a ‘boricua,’ because I speak Spanish like a Puerto Rican!” -- Pauliina Linden, University of Turku