Frequently Asked Questions
Studying in Puerto Rico offers a unique blend of cultural richness, academic opportunities, and an unparalleled environment that makes it a compelling destination for higher education. The island's distinctive fusion of Caribbean, Spanish, and American cultures creates a dynamic and diverse atmosphere, allowing students to engage with a wide range of traditions and languages.
The environment in Puerto Rico is exceptionally unique due to its blend of tropical beauty, ecological diversity, and rich cultural significance. Nestled in the Caribbean, the island boasts a tropical climate, nurturing a wealth of lush rainforests, coastal ecosystems, and arid regions within a relatively small landmass. Its exceptional biodiversity is underscored by the presence of endemic species found nowhere else in the world, including the endangered Puerto Rican parrot. This ecological richness is complemented by pristine beaches, mangrove swamps, and diverse marine life in its crystal-clear waters. Moreover, Puerto Rico's environment is interwoven with the island's cultural heritage, with many traditional practices and festivities deeply rooted in the natural world. The commitment to environmental conservation and the protection of vital ecosystems further amplifies the uniqueness of Puerto Rico's environment, making it a captivating destination for nature enthusiasts and a testament to the harmonious coexistence of nature and culture.
Brandeis in Puerto Rico is an intensive, environmental studies-focused summer program in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This program will deepen your understanding of oceanography, environmental sustainability, energy, and Caribbean environments. Additional excursions focus on creating a deeper understanding of environmental issues on the island and in the Caribbean.
The program consists of two courses taught in English and is a collaborative academic program between Brandeis University and Spanish Studies Abroad.
Yes, the program runs from late May to early July. Students wishing to go to Puerto Rico during the academic year should meet with a member of the study abroad staff to discuss other options.
You will be placed in dormitories on the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon campus. Rooms will be furnished with access to a kitchen and bathroom.
The application deadline typically falls in early March but interested students are encouraged to apply early. With rolling admissions, applications are reviewed up until the deadline as long as space is available.
The program is designed and supervised by Brandeis faculty. A Brandeis Environmental Studies professor will teach one of the courses and instructors from USC will teach the other course.
All courses are Brandeis courses and appear on transcripts as graded Brandeis coursework, not transfer credit.
Credits are applied automatically upon completion of your program evaluation. This program evaluation is mandatory and credit will not be applied until it has been completed.
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Ari Kramer, Assistant Director of Study Abroad
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