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  • Locations: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: BGSU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English, Spanish Housing Option: University Housing
Academic Standing: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore College: Arts & Sciences
Areas of Study: Global Studies, International Studies, Spanish Program Type: BGSU Study Abroad Program
Programs by Department: World Languages Applicants: Only BGSU students may apply
Program Director: Pedro Porben
Program Description:

Students will experience firsthand the reality of life in this enigmatic island-nation, on the verge of so many changes. We have crafted a dynamic yet rigorous cultural and educational visit to the nation-island’s capital, San Juan and its surrounding neighborhoods, with special emphasis on cultural, civic and language immersion. 

Throughout the Spring 2020 semester in BGSU, students will begin to learn about Puerto Rico’s history, politics, and contemporary culture through topics integrated in our face-to-face classes regular activities. During the spring break week enrolled students will join faculty leaders on this educational trip and they will critically analyze Puerto Rican history, U.S.-Puerto Rico relations, and the internal dynamics of the island. Students will be able to understand, in praxis, the process of cultural production in Puerto Rico and the relationship between artists, art, and popular culture, participate in community service projects in Santurce, and experience the island’s changing business and community contexts.  At the same time, we will encourage them to reflect on their own history and culture through an exploration of Puerto Rican everyday life

Students enrolled in SPAN 3950 (both La Comunidad de Español and Honors students) will be able to participate in this educational trip. Priority will be given to La Comunidad members but the class will be open to all Spanish majors.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Learn about your destination by visiting the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page at to find specific information about visa, safety and security, local laws, health, and more.  

Intermediate/hight level of Spanish required for students taking SPAN 3950


Students will stay in shared rooms at Sagrado Corazón University

SPAN 3950 (3cr)
SPAN 3950H (3cr)

The goal of the trip is to present our students with a deep and personal view of the complexities and challenges of daily life in Puerto Rico, especially after recent devastating natural and political disasters. By immersing La Comunidad and Honors' residents in this culturally and socially diverse environment, we strive to foster creative and critical thinking with high doses of experimentation and discovery. In fact, we will not only explore internationally well-known and highly regarded institutions and universities in San Juan, such as the University of Sagrado Corazón, but we will also visit and collaborate with private, communal and cooperative-style projects, exposing our students to very resourceful initiatives being developed in Puerto Rico after a shift in the political and economic climate on the island. Students will participate with Puerto Ricans in these newly emerging service projects, a new component of the trip faculty coordinators are developing.

Because this exchange program is part of Bowling Green State University study abroad options, financial aid that could be applied to study on BGSU’s main campus can usually be applied equally to study in the program abroad. If contacting via email please include your name and ID number along with the program name and semester you are planning to study abroad.  For appointments, please also include several days and times that work for you.  

To determine eligibility for Financial Aid, please contact:
Candice Moser

In addition to financial aid, there are International Travel Grants and general Education Abroad scholarship opportunities that are available for students on the Education Abroad WEBSITE.

Costs billed directly through BGSU Bursar's Office* 
Program Fee $1730 (this includes roundtrip airfare, accommodations, transportation and activity fees)
Education Abroad Fee $50
International Health Insurance $1.74 per day of program
*Fees listed are estimates and are subject to change at any time

Possible Additional Expenses (not billed through BGSU)*
Personal/miscellaneous $300
* Please note that these costs are estimated and should be used as guidelines only! 

Dr. Pedro Porbén
(419) 372-7154

Dr. Francisco Cabanillas

Education Abroad, International Programs and Partnerships
301 University Hall



This program is currently not accepting applications.