Fittingly dubbed the ‘Island of Enchantment’, Puerto Rico is straight out of a Caribbean daydream. Girded by endless beaches, coral reefs, and the acclaimed Isla Desecheo, travelers are offered an unparalleled opportunity to learn Spanish deep in the heart of the tropics!
Whether you’re canoeing across the Lagos Dos Bocas, getting your fix in one of San Pedro’s renown coffee farms, or snorkeling in San Juan, this fulcrum of language, culture, and cuisine is sure to elevate up your linguistic experience!Photo credit: Ricardo's Photography.
University based language and cultural immersion courses offer travelers the most structured linguistics program, combining classroom instruction and group excursions with vital homestay experiences.
Though an intermediate level of Spanish is often required, travelers are afforded the opportunity to gain academic credit and work alongside their peers. Students are advised to contact their home institution for inquiries regarding financial assistance.
Independent language institutions, though oft more expensive than their university-based counterparts, afford students across all linguistic levels the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program. From long-stay intensive programs to certification courses, travelers may undertake specialized classes dependent on their individual language goals.
Private tuition offers the most flexibility to travelers looking to combine education with fun, with classes offered alongside (or independent of) additional studies. Unlike its continental counterparts, private tuition in Puerto Rico won’t break the bank, costing as little as $15 USD per hour!
Popular Locations to Learn Spanish in Puerto Rico
Where to study Spanish in Puerto Rico depends on your preferences for city size and programs. For example, do you want to study near a beach or in the city center? Here are two fantastic options to consider:
The second-oldest European-founded settlement in the Americas, San Juan offers an effortless dichotomy of history and modern energy. The Caribbean can be experienced fully, with chic cafés, coffee farms and, panoramic architecture lining the coast.
For travelers looking for a salsero’s fix, The Latin Roots has plenty of salsa dancing and live bands every night!
Teaming magnificent coastal strips with a budding urban sprawl, Luquillo isn’t your typical town! Boasting the volatile La Pared surf break and Playa Luquillo -- the commonwealth’s finest Balneario (public beach) -- it’s of no surprise the city has been dubbed “the proverbial home” of Puerto Rican culture!
- Did you know: More than 70% of rum sold in the United States comes from Puerto Rico?
- School’s out, let’s have some fun: Make sure to taste some of the local dishes in Old San Juan -- from lechon and mofongo, to exotic tropical fruit and rum, there’s something for everyone in Puerto Rico! "A fuego" – or, “on fire.” It’s translation? That sounds cool!
There are no passports or visas necessary for United States citizens, however, citizens of other countries are bound to the same requirements as for entering the U.S.A. A 90-day "visitor" visa is available, although students traveling for cultural exchange purposes, such as university study or temporary work, must apply for specialized visas (either an M-1 or F-1 class).
Cultural Immersion in Puerto Rico
From the El Dia de San Juan Bautista festival to Danza Week, travelers are never short an opportunity to immerse themselves in Puerto Rican culture! Why not try one of San Juan’s acclaimed Salsa sessions, or head over to Luquillo for a bite of mofongo (fried plantains and pork cracklings)?
Costs of Living in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is a pragmatic destination for the money-conscious traveler. Although metropolitan regions will inexorably run higher than their regional counterparts, Spanish language programs are offered in abundance. Generally, you can find a meal for $12, take public transportation for $1.50 one-way, and pay $650 in rent each month for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center. Consider how much you can spend on the cost of living in Puerto Rico and your language goals before departure.
Contributed by Bridget Judd
Spanish Language Programs in Puerto Rico
What is the best way to learn Spanish?
The best way to learn a language depends on your learning style. However, immersing yourself in a Spanish language program with weekly courses, participating in cultural activities, living in a homestay away from other international students, and practicing independently can all be very effective ways to learn Spanish.
Where can I learn Spanish abroad?
There are over 20 countries where the official language is Spanish. Some of the most popular places to study Spanish abroad include Spain, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Cuba.