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Why you should consider Puerto Rico for your college education


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If you are considering going to college, this post will argue why you should consider Puerto Rico for your college education.

So why should you consider Puerto Rico for your college education?

Colleges and Universities in Puerto Rico as just as good as anywhere else in the U.S. or other places in the world. We have highly competent teachers and programs. Many of the graduates from different colleges and universities in Puerto Rico become highly sought after and productive professionals in their respective fields. Best of all,


Unless you have a really good scholarship or you won’t have the expenses of room and board, you will be saving lots of money by going to Puerto Rico for college!

I quickly ran the numbers at the University of Puerto Rico’s (UPR) online Net Price Calculator, and the total YEARLY estimated tuition and fees cost for an OUT-OF-STATE student, is $4,032! That’s for the YEAR! To be fair, UPR is the state university and it is much cheaper than the private universities. So, What can you expect from a private university? A quick search at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, a very reputable private university, has a cost of $200 per credit hour in their undergraduate Architecture program, which is their most expensive undergraduate program. So even the private universities, which are considered very expensive here, are still more affordable than many of the state schools in the U.S.

I did go to college in the U.S. of course as an out of state student, and I am paying for it now, and I will continue paying for it for many many MANY years to come. My student loan payments are by far my biggest financial nightmare, totaling about half my paycheck and more than some of my friend’s mortgages. At my place of employment, I am only one of 2 employees who has student loans and we are the only ones who went to college in the U.S. The rest of the employees do not have the student loans to worry about and of course they went to college in Puerto Rico.

I am currently enrolled in a Master’s degree online program in one of the local private universities, and the total cost for the Master’s degree is $11,000! However, I was lucky enough to get a really good scholarship and my total cost of attendance for the entire Master’s degree program will be $5,250! This is not too bad! Still more expensive than what a Master’s at UPR would cost, but when I was searching around for online schools, $5,000 would only get me ONE SEMESTER in another state university or even international university.

My Master’s degree will be just as good as any other, except that I paid a lot less for it.

There is a caveat, at least for the university I chose for my Master’s, the classes will be in Spanish, and most of the UPR and other local universities will have classes in Spanish. Even though the books will likely be in English, the class may be in Spanish. Having said that, all of my friends have told me that if there is an English-only speaking student, the professors will switch their class to English in the majority of the cases, particularly on the classes with a few students, not the auditorium-size classes. Also, UPR has many protests and issues that are an honest nuisance, some people would rather pay more than deal with that, but are you willing to pay THAT MUCH MORE for it? The local private universities are very good, smaller class sizes and less “issues” if you don’t want to deal with the constant protests at UPR.

So, if you can get a quality education and pay a lot less than in other places, why not consider that option? If you don’t speak any Spanish I know there are in fact some programs in English, for example the Inter-American University (Metro Campus) has a nursing program that is completely in English. I am sure that like that one, there are others, you just have to search around.

Consider Puerto Rico for your college studies, it will be a lot less to pay back once you are done.


Author: Jay-Webmaster

Jay is an Atmospheric Physicist and Massage Therapist who was born and raised in Puerto Rico but went to college in the US before moving back to Puerto Rico. Creator of and the new forum


  1. I did my BS and MBA in PR. Everything was in taught in Spanish. From Calculus, to music all in Spanish. The only classes taught in English was English. The university offered the standard 9 credit courses for students whose first language was not Spanish, but there were never enough students to fill a class. To graduate I had to take the standard 9 credits like everyone else.

    I do agree that the universities are as good as any where else. UPR is cheap because almost everyone gets “beca” due to the perceived poverty level of the island’s student population. Administrators look the other way and they have ways to massage the data to assure you of getting a beca. A good beca at a public university not only pays for the tuition, but lots left over in your pocket for books, car payments, and the other aspects of college life! 🙂

    I doubt a professor will switch to English for a single student. With a large sentiment of “usted está en PR, debe hablar español ahora,” I can hardly imagine any professor cutting a gringo a break and teaching in English. You would probably have a small scale riot on your hands if the professor decided to swap to English because of one student.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Joe,

      Did you go to UPR? I didn’t but all of my siblings did and so did 90% of my co-workers. I assure you that they DO switch to English. In fact, the vast majority of the classes at the graduate level for all of my co-workers were taught in English, and one co-worker working on her PhD did tell me that her classes were in fact in English. The whole “You’re in PR you speak Spanish now” is more of a reaction to the many times we’re told “you’re in the US you speak English now” than anything else, and in most cases (not all) they’re not even serious when they say it.

      There are no riots because the teachers switch to English, the books are actually in English in most cases, and also in most cases the students at that level do understand English anyway.

      You can’t imagine a teacher cutting a gringo a break, well I can assure you that in most cases they do cut them a break, and I have seen it happen for the past 20 years.


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