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  • Locations: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: ASU applicants only
  • Cost Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description





Want to explore how other countries approach their complex problems and respond to devastating natural disasters? Still need to take CPP 301? Join members of the NGSC on an adventure in Puerto Rico that will give you the unique opportunity to study and visit organizations from each sector. You will get the chance to apply what you’ve learned about Design Thinking and Cross-Sector Collaborations as you examine how Puerto Rico continues to grow its market and how its leaders strive to recover from a recent natural disaster. Experience the culture as you learn in and with the community. This experience will connect you with leaders from each sector and allow you to see first-hand examples of human-centered solutions being implemented in cross-sector settings.

Quick Facts

  • March 8 - 14, 2020

  • Explore the nonprofit, profit and public sectors of Puerto Rico

  • Network with Puerto Rico's community leaders

  • Earn credit for CPP 301

  • Honors credit available

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.



Location Details

San Juan
Known for its beach fronts, colorful Spanish colonial buildings, centuries-old fortresses and El Yunque tropical rainforest, San Juan offers culture and activities to satisfy everyone’s interests. The capital and largest city in Puerto Rico, it is the countries most important seaport and the center for manufacturing, finance, culture, and tourism on the island.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their Domestic Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements: 

  • Active member of Next Generation Service Corps, in good academic and participation standing

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

  • Prerequisites: CPP 101 & CPP 201 (can be taken concurrently) 
*Transfer students may be eligible to have some course pre-requisites waived on an individual basis. Please contact the faculty director at with any questions.


Students will register during the spring registration period for the following course: 

  • CPP 301: Cross-Sector Collaboration (3 credit)
*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.  

Course Format

The course will run as a standard Session C class in the spring of 2020 with the study abroad portion of the program embedded during the week of Spring Break. Meeting dates and times will be Thursdays from 6:00pm-8:45pm beginning January 13th, 2020 and ending May 1st, 2020.

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Program Leaders

Faculty Director
Veronica Gutierrez
Course and Curriculum Manager
Public Service Academy
College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Mail Code: 3520
Office Location: UCENT 700, Downtown campus
Telephone Number: (602) 496-2051

Support Staff
Brett Hunt
Executive Director
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Telephone Number: (602) 496-0517

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Program Housing

Students will stay in shared accommodations in San Juan. 

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your domestic study experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience while away. We invite you to meet with the Domestic Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Puerto Rico, there will be a day excursion to El Yunque tropical rainforest. Participants will have to traverse uneven terrain as they follow the trails through the forest. There will be a great deal of walking and the regular use of private buses and public transportation. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Peru, discrimination towards LGBTQIA individuals can and does occur and students may find local police to lack meaningful response to incidents. LGBTQIA travelers will find some gay-friendly establishments in the larger cities; however, in smaller towns and rural areas options will be sparse or non-existent.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Peru, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring Break 2020 is $2,460.

Program Fee includes: Housing, daily breakfast, sector site visits and cultural excursions, in-country transportation, and ASU faculty support. Not included: Tuition for 3 credit course, airfare, passport fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.


Links to Additional Resources

*The ASU Study Abroad Office does not officially endorse, administer or monitor the content of these links.

Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2020 12/15/2019
Rolling Admission 03/08/2020 03/14/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.