Why study in Puerto Rico?


Why study in Puerto Rico?

Our relationship with the United States

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States of America.  Puerto Ricans are American citizens, thus, they share the same legal system and use the dollar (USD) as their official currency.   If you are an American citizen or a legal resident of the United States, you do not need a visa to enter Puerto Rico.  If you are an international student, you must request a visa, which upon approval, will allow you to travel anywhere within the United States.  

The regional airports, as well as the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, offer flights to and from the most important cities in the United States, Latin America and Europe.

Puerto Rico as an academic destination


High-quality education: All higher-level educational centers are governed by the same standards as the universities in the United States.  At least 20% of all Hispanics who earned a doctorate in science and engineering in the United States had finished their bachelor’s degree (4-5 years at the college level) in Puerto Rico


A solid educational system: You may choose from more than 3,000 academic programs that include approximately 105 doctorates, 770 masters, 1,242 bachelor’s (4-5 years at the college level), 746 associate degrees (2 years at the college level), 11 professional degrees (such as Juris Doctor), 2,330 technical certificates and 146 professional certificates.  Moreover, Puerto Rico has more than 50 educational institutions and more than 140 academic centers licensed by the Education Council of Puerto Rico and (most of them) accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).  The programs and universities are accredited by prestigious entities as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which accredits the top 5% most prestigious business schools in the world. 


Affordable high-quality education: On average, the cost of tuition in Puerto Rico is almost a fourth of the cost of tuition in the United States, with the same quality standards.  Furthermore, due to its Latin American idiosyncrasy and its political relationship with the United States, Puerto Rico represents a unique opportunity to learn the principles of both American and international civil law.


A bilingual experience: Puerto Rico has two official languages: Spanish and English. 
This makes the island the perfect destination for Spanish speakers because they can study in an American accredited academic institution while learning English.  No need to postpone their studies. The universities in Puerto Rico prepare their students in courses of English as second language, along with a wide variety of courses and degrees.  This allows students to successfully enter the professional world.  In addition, most of the technical terminology of every profession is learned in English.


Paradisiac, fun and relaxing surroundings:  A very enjoyable weather, with an average of 80° F (27° C) year-round, allows all kinds of sports and outdoor activities.  The island also has a rich cultural heritage, influenced by European, African and indigenous traditions, which are related to Latin America.  Puerto Rico offers unique gastronomic experiences and a diversity of cultural expressions.  

Contact Information

State Department of Puerto Rico
P.O. Box 9023271
San Juan, PR 00902-3271
1 (787) 722-2121 ext. 4292, 4295, 4350
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