University of Puerto Rico’s flagship Rio Piedras campus is located in the vibrant capital city of San Juan. One of the top destinations in the Caribbean, San Juan is filled with rich cultural traditions, natural beauty and cosmopolitan elegance. Established in 1521, the El Viejo quarter of San Juan is home to brightly colored colonial-era buildings, winding cobblestone streets, charming plazas and quaint cafes. The new and modern district of San Juan offers not only endless dining, shopping and entertainment options, but also gorgeous white sand beaches with turquoise blue waters.

Founded in 1903, the University of Puerto Rico is the main public university system of Puerto Rico. The university is comprised of eleven campuses throughout the country, two of which (Rio Piedras and Mayaguez) are open to ISEP students. Rio Piedras is the largest campus in the university system in terms of student population. University of Puerto Rico is ranked among the top 50 universities in Latin America by QS World University Rankings

ISEP students immerse themselves in Puerto Rican culture and daily life by taking university classes with local students and living in a residence hall on campus. The university has an active student body, and ISEP students can participate in sports teams, cultural activities and student groups.

Check out this virtual tour of the UPRRP Campus!

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Course Description

The University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras offers courses taught in Spanish in a variety of fields. Intensive Spanish language courses are also available for an additional fee.

View the individual academic faculty pages for additional department and course information:


Arts & Humanities

Business Administration (AACSB accredited)



Military Sciences (ROTC)

Natural Sciences

Social Sciences

Students can also view the complete course catalog. Note that not all courses listed in the catalog will actually be offered each semester. 

UPR-RP releases the finalized course schedule for the fall semester in May and the spring semester in December. Students can view the current/previous semester's finalized course offerings and monitor UPR-RP's website for the finalized course offerings for the upcoming semester here by clicking "SELECCIÓN DE HORARIOS..." from the right-hand menu. 

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Gretchen McCarthy 703-504-9980 | Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in Spanish)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Architecture

    Environmental Design/Architecture

  • Area Studies: Recommended!

    Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Chicano Studies Latin American and Caribbean Studies Latin American Studies

  • Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Business Management Business Statistics Economics Finance Human Resources Management Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Management Information Systems Marketing

  • Communication:

    Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies Public Relations

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Education: Recommended!

    Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Secondary Education Special Education

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Chinese Language and Literature French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Italian Language and Literature Portuguese Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Dietetics Nutrition Sciences

  • History

  • Mathematics

  • Military Science

    Air Force ROTC

  • Natural Resources/Conservation

    Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Physics

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences: Recommended!

    Anthropology Geography Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts: Recommended!

    Art History Art Studies Design and Visual Communications Drama and Theatre Arts Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Music Performance Music Technology Music Theory and Composition

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions



Other Academic Conditions

Enrollment in courses in the following fields may be limited due to space availability: communications, biology, chemistry, physics, business administration (accounting and computer systems), modern languages and psychology.

Counseling and social work are closed to ISEP students. 

Due to regulations set by the university system, students attending the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras will be required to purchase the university’s health insurance, approximately $400-$500 USD per semester in addition to the ISEP Student Insurance.

Semester & Prices (based on your filters)

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