San Juan, Puerto Rico Project Center (IQP)
The Puerto Rico Project Center offers an opportunity to be immersed in a Caribbean culture that is a unique and harmonious blend of Spanish and North American influences found nowhere else in the world. Located in San Juan, the Center offers the attractions of a large metropolitan area within easy reach of El Yunque National Park, white sand beaches, the historic El Morro Spanish fortress, Arecibo Observatory, and many other sites of interest. Puerto Rico has a tropical marine climate with little seasonal temperature variation. The average temperatures in San Juan in November range from 75°F to 86°F.
Students will stay in hotel style accommodations in Miramar neighborhood of San Juan. Most rooms will be double-occupancy and equipped with a small refrigerator and small microwave, but no kitchen unit. The hotel has phones in each room, daily maid service, and laundry facilities on-site. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
Puerto Rican cuisine has its root in the cooking traditions and practices of Europe (mostly Spain), Africa and the native Taínos. Starting from the latter part of the 19th century, the cuisine of Puerto Rico has been greatly influenced by the United States in the ingredients used in its preparation. Ingredients vary greatly and often include rice and a variety of beans, corn, fruits, starches, meat, and spices. Make sure to take any dietary restrictions or allergies into account as you consider this site and inform your advisor and IGSD of any health concerns well in advance of your participation in this program.
Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program. Dates will be posted at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date. If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing.
Past Puerto Rico students have:
- Evaluated the feasibility of establishing a composting facility in the Cantera Community
- Identified sources of funding for a lifeguard program to reduce drowning rate at Puerto Rican beaches
- Investigated ways to improve environmental efficiency and sustainability of a junior high school building
Learn more about past projects on the Project Center's website: Puerto Rico Project Center Website
Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away. These will be billed to you on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester).
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- WPI Tuition and Fees
- WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
- WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
- Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for San Juan can be found here: San Juan Estimated Expenses
WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding project experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to understand the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you research your intended destination. You can also discuss questions and concerns about your travel plans with on-campus resources such as the IGSD, the Student Health Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Student Development and Counseling Center. It very important that you consider your own health requirements as you review what sites are most interesting to you, and that you carefully review the published information concerning health, safety, and security at the resources linked below prior to applying to a particular site. Make sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up to date health and vaccine information, and review all information in relation to your own health and any medical conditions you may have.
Puerto Rico Project Center Website
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Country-specific travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control