Programs for studies
in Puerto Rico


Degree-Seeking International Students

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Students who wish to be admitted to undergraduate or graduate studies must apply on the



Bilateral Exchange

Students who come from a university that has a bilateral exchange agreement with Sagrado

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Students must apply through the outgoing exchange coordinators at their home institutions. Sagrado will send an Exchange Nomination Guide to partner universities every February and September. Check whether your university appears in the following document:
Universities with Sagrado Agreement

*Please note that the information in this document is valid for the academic year 2020-2021.

If you're a master's student, talk to your university's International Bureau to check for the possibility of coming to Sacred.



National Student Exchange

Students who come from a university in the National Student Exchange (NSE)

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Students must request exchange through the NSE coordinator at their home institutions. Sagrado will send an Exchange Nomination Guide to NSE universities every February and September. Check whether your university participates in NSE at



Yes We Must Coalition

Students from a University of the Yes We Must Coalition (YWMC)

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Students must request exchange through the YWMC coordinators at their home institutions. Sagrado will send an Exchange Nomination Guide to YWMC universities every February and September. Check whether your university participates in YWMC exchanges at¨


Spanish Studies Abroad

Students who wish to study at Sagrado through Spanish Studies Abroad

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Students must apply for the program through the Spanish Studies Abroad website here:



Faculty-Led and Alternative Break Programs

Programs for short-term visits (one to four weeks) led by a faculty member

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The Office of Internationalization and Inter-University Relations designs these programs that fit the academic goals and interests of students from universities abroad:

  1. Personalized program focused on the needs of the group
  2. Inter-university collaboration with specialized resources
  3. Assistance in coordinating the logistics* of the trip

*The University of Sagrado Corazón provides alternatives to accommodation, food and on-campus activities (subject to availability), as well as a resource willing to provide information related to travel, transportation, activities, accommodation and on-campus food.

To plan or get more details, please contact Sofía López, Short Visit Program Coordinator,


Why study in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island, the smallest of the Greater Antilles, known as the Island of Enchantment and referred to by locals as "100x35" in reference to the geographical size of the island.

Puerto Rico is home to approximately 3.5 million people. With a predominantly Latin culture, Spanish is the main language spoken on the island, although communicating in English is common in San Juan and tourist areas.

The university community at Sagrado collaborates with innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the San Juan metropolitan area. The campus is located within just a few miles of Old San Juan, beautiful beaches, and restaurants that exemplify the rich culinary tradition fusing indigenous, African, and Spanish cultures.

Because of Puerto Rico's status as a United States' territory, U.S. citizens and permanent residents do not need a passport or visa to study in Puerto Rico. All others apply for U.S. student visas to study in Puerto Rico.

Why study at Sagrado

Sagrado's academic programs are built on new ways of thinking, creating, and living. The curriculum is led by faculty committed to the formation of leaders within an ethical framework of social responsibility and sensitivity to diversity. Sagrado acts as a laboratory of ideas for its students, promoting intellectual curiosity and creativity. Through class projects, community engagement courses, and student associations, our students gain practical experience and prepare for future work in non-profit organizations, the public sector, and private institutions. Each student graduates after developing an innovative project that is of great social and cultural impact to their community.

The University offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in the areas of Natural Sciences, Business Administration, Communication, Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Our free mentoring, tutoring, and counseling services meet students´ academic and personal needs, while our robust Spiritual Life Center (Centro Sofía) connects students with volunteering and leadership development opportunities. The Office of Internationalization partners with our academic schools, the Career Services office, and student associations to provide a constant calendar of activities that connects students across cultures, develops interdisciplinary dialogue, and prepares students for success in graduate school and their future professions.

Whether you join us for a semester or a full degree, as an international student at Sagrado you will build friendships across disciplines and develop your abilities personally, professionally, and academically.

Important information for students
visiting and international students

Benefits of Studying at Sagrado

  • Small and welcoming campus

  • Located along major routes of the metro rail and public buses, with walking or public transportation access to beaches, Old San Juan, and Plaza las Américas Mall

  • Located in the heart of San Juan, the capital city

  • Magnet institution on the island for academic programs in communications and audiovisual production

OPT Information Session

Session on Optional Practical Training, a program that permits F-1 international students to work for up to one year in their field of study in Puerto Rico or the U.S. after graduation.

  • Aug 20, 2021 10:00 AM
  • Sep 17, 2021 10:00 AM
  • Oct 15, 2021 10:00 AM
  • Nov 19, 2021 10:00 AM
  • Dec 17, 2021 10:00 AM

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Who can apply for exchange at Sagrado?

Check whether your university appears in the following document: Universities with Bilateral Agreements (PDF) or whether your institution is a member of NSE or Yes We Must Coalition. You may also apply for fee-paying study abroad through Spanish Studies Abroad or by emailing

Contact your university's international office to learn about the processes and requirements for applying to study abroad at Sagrado.

NOTE: If Sagrado does not have a current agreement established with your home institution, you can apply as a fee-paying visiting student. If you are studying in a master's degree program, contact your university's international office to learn about the possibility of participating in exchange with Sagrado.

How to apply to study abroad at Sagrado

After being nominated by your university's international office, you must submit the following documents to be admitted as a study abroad student at Sagrado:




Laurie Melín

Internationalization and Inter-University Relations Director
(787) 728-1515 ext. 1206


Allison Carruthers

Student Mobility Advisor
(787) 728-1515 ext. 1260


Sofía López

Coordinator of Short-Term Visits Program
(787) 728-1515 ext. 1253

General Contact

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  • Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)
  • International Student Life Cycle

Learn which universities have agreement so that their students can study at Sagrado:

Outgoing students

Sagrado allows you to study abroad in the U.S. and around the world through five different academic programs that range from one week to one year. Choose the program that is right for you!

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