Brandeis students in class with a local faculty member

Summer 2024 Course Overview

You will take two courses simultaneously for a total of 8 credits. One course is taught by a local faculty member from Universidad de Sagrado Corazon and the other course will be taught by Brandeis faculty. All academic work will be taught in English.

Your learning will consist of a combination of classroom lecture and coursework, guest speakers, and field trips to sites of interest in and around the entire island. All aspects of this program will deepen your understanding of environmental conservation, current environmental issues in Puerto Rico, and water of the Caribbean. Additional excursions will focus on creating a deeper understanding of contemporary life and culture on the island.

Spanish Language and Culture

In addition to the Environmental Studies courses you are taking in San Juan, all students will participate in a Spanish Language and Culture course that supplements the cross-cultural experience you are having in Puerto Rico.

Academic Excursions

During the course of the program there will be various academic excursions throughout the island. These excursions are organized to help bring you into direct contact with the subject matter you are studying. Over the course of the summer program, the once a week excursions may include: kayaking through the mangroves, visiting coral reef centers, visiting the bioluminescent bay, walking through El Yunque rainforest, and more.

Prerequisites for the Program

A Spanish course is highly recommended before attending the program but not required.