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  • Locations: Caguas, Puerto Rico; San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 04/04/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/25/2019 07/08/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Megan Trickler Program: Ambassador
Program Type: Study Abroad Program Faculty Advisor: Alvarez, Dorothy, Cipriano, Michelle
Supporting Department: Modern Languages Registration Term: Summer B
Language Prerequisite: Yes Language of Instruction: Spanish
Language Courses Offered: Yes Credit Hours: 3.0
Payment Value 1: 100
Program Description:



Program Description:

Exploring Puerto Rico will provide WSU students the opportunity to study Puerto Rico’s rich culture, history, and gastronomy while being completely immersed in the Spanish language during a two-week stay in the Caribbean.  Puerto Rico has been formed by many cultures: Taíno, Spanish, and African. 

During the program, participants will visit historical places, museums, cathedrals, and unique eco-touristic sites, such as el Yunque, the only tropical rain forest in the United States, bioluminescent bays, and picturesque beaches.  The students will participate in a cooking workshop so that they can learn about the many culinary influences of criollo cooking.


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Academic Course Information:

Puerto RicoStudents will register for three-credit hours in one of the following:

SPN 2500 Intermediate SPN II (replace SPN 2020)  (pre-requisite SPN 2010 or its equivalent)

SPN 3500 Spanish Immersion Puerto Rico Ambassador Program (pre-requisite SPN 2020 or its equivalent)

SPN 6030 Spanish Immersion Puerto Rico Ambassador Program (for graduate students and high school teachers)

ML 3500 Ambassador Program Abroad (pre-requisite SPN 1010)

Prior to departure: 
On campus there will be 3 mandatory three-hour classes in which students will be assigned readings, presentations, and writing assignments to acquire knowledge about Puerto Rico. 

In Puerto Rico:
Students will attend daily one-hour classes , attend on-site lectures, and keep a daily cultural journal.

After the program:
Students will have two weeks to turn in a final project about a specific topic approved in advance by the advisors. 

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About the Faculty Program Advisor(s):

Puerto Rico Faculty
Michelle Cipriano, MA  & Dorothy Álvarez, MA, MBA & are senior lecturers of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages.  Dorothy is a native of Puerto Rico and Michelle has studied and lived in Spain.  Since 2002, Dorothy and Michelle have led a collective total of eight successful Ambassador programs to Costa Rica and Spain.  They are very excited to provide this academic program in the Caribbean for Wright State students.  As program advisors, both have witnessed the benefits of faculty led study-abroad programs, including improved language skills and cultural sensitivity, along with a deeper understanding of history and the arts.  Professors Álvarez and Cipriano’s combined areas of research include: Spanish Language Children’s Literature, Hispanic and Spanish Literature and Cultures, Phonetics, Translation, Pedagogy, and Caribbean Studies. 
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Meals and Accommodations:

While in Puerto Rico, students will be provided with some meals and will be responsible to pay their own for others.  Students will also have multiple opportunities to explore and try the local cuisine. Students will share rooms in hotels and hostels.
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 Bioluminescent Bay


Eligible students will have completed the equivalent of Spanish 1020 before departure (placement test scores are an acceptable substitute), have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and one letter of recommendation from a university or high school teacher.  All applicants will meet with the professors for an interview before being accepted into the program. 
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Before You Leave:

Students will meet as a group 3 times during Spring Semester and they will attend 3 classes during Summer A prior to the trip to Puerto Rico. 
Students will be required by the University Center for International Education to complete a mandatory pre-departure orientation online a few weeks before departure.
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Getting There:

Students will be responsible for purchasing their own airfare and are highly encouraged to be on the same flight to arrive at the same time as the faculty program advisors.   Students are free to leave early or stay later on the island as long as they do not miss any mandatory classes.  Also, the participants should be aware that this time is not part of the program and not covered by WSU insurances.
UCIE recommends the following travel agencies that work with university students.  They may be able to provide payment plan options: STA Travel and Student Universe.

El Yunque Rain Forest
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Program Costs and Deadlines:

The program cost is $1700.   This will include lodging, transportation within Puerto Rico, enterance fees, some meals and health and accident insurance. 

Not included are WSU tuition, airfare, some meals, and personal expenses. 

 An application fee of $100 and a program deposit of $500 are due at the time of application.
$600 is due March 1st
$600 is due May 1st

The UCIE reserves the right to adjust the program price up to 10%. All payments are non-refundable.
Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. 

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Affording the Program:

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program.  To learn more about your specific financial aid options you should contact the Financial Aid Representative, Gail Cyan, at to schedule an appointment and learn about your specific situation.

Some academic departments offer scholarships for study abroad, there are some scholarships available nationally as well.  Please ask your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Many students reach out to family, friends, and community and religious organizations for support.  Some choose to create an online funding site, others send out letters requesting support.
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Passports :

Puerto Rico is commonwealth of the USA and a passport is NOT required for US citizens to travel to Puerto Rico.  Students will need an ID such as as drivers licence to board the airplane in Ohio and to enter Puerto Rico. If you do not hold a US passport, please contact the UCIE program advisor for assistance.
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Health and Safety:

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
International SOS ( for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with UHP International Insurance  through University Health Plans.  
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)

Program Coordinator:

Megan Trickler
University Center for International Education

Faculty Program Advisors:

Professors Álvarez & Cipriano
Department of Modern Languages /
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