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Temple Exchanges

Puerto Rico

Courses Available

Length of Program

Housing & Meals

Financial Arrangements & Financial Aid

Application Procedures

Through a reciprocal exchange agreement with the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Temple undergraduates can exchange places with UPR undergraduates and spend a period studying at UPR. The Exchange Program offers the option to study at the University of Puerto Rico for one semester, either Fall or Spring, or for a full academic year.

The University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Río Piedras Campus, with a student population of approximately 23, 000, is the largest of three main campuses in the university system. The University is located in the San Juan Metropolitan area and comprises 289 acres. For additional information, refer to the UPR web site at

The metropolitan area of San Juan has three distinct areas: Old San Juan, the Beach & Resort area, and other outlying communities, the most important being Río Piedras, Hato Rey, Puerta de Tierra, and Santurce. San Juan's population is just under one million, or a third of the entire island. It is a major port and tourist resort of the West Indies and is the oldest city under the U.S. flag. Río Piedras was founded in 1714 and incorporated into San Juan in 1951. It is known as "University City" because it is home to the University of Puerto Rico, which is the oldest and largest educational institute on the Island. Interamerican University and Metropolitan University are also located in Río Piedras.


Temple students are eligible to take courses in all University of Puerto Rico colleges which include: Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, General Studies, Education, Business Administration, Architecture, and the Schools of Planning, Library Sciences, and Public Communication. A General Course Catalogue is available on-line through


The Exchange Program offers the option to study at the University of Puerto Rico for one semester, either Fall or Spring, or for a full academic year. Students must enroll for 12-17 credits per semester.



The University of Puerto Rico will provide housing for Temple students in its dormitories. The dormitories for men and women are located directly on campus and contain full kitchen and laundry facilities. Additionally, students have complete access to all University facilities including the library, gymnasium, pool, and health services.


In advance of their departure, Temple University students pay tuition, fees and housing costs to Temple University. Exchange students are responsible for the cost of meals (estimated at about $1200), airfare (about $700), textbooks (about $300), health insurance ($500) and personal expenses (about $1,500-$2,000 per semester). Temple students receiving financial aid may apply their financial aid to the costs of studying at UPR.


Students are selected for the exchange on the basis of their academic record and a personal interview. To be considered, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, at least four semesters of university level Spanish, background in the subjects to be pursued at UPR, and at least junior-year status by the time they begin their study at UPR. Students must complete the Temple University Exchange Application and submit two academic references and transcripts for all university-work completed, in addition to a Spanish language evaluation report. 

The application deadline for the academic year, fall or spring study is March 1. The completed application and supporting documents should be sent to the Education Abroad Office.