Puerto Rico: Summer 2023

Puerto Rico

This program is designed to introduce students to the island of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States located in the Caribbean Sea.  Along with beautiful beaches and a subtropical rainforest, Puerto Rico offers a unique opportunity to explore vibrant cultures that are both "domestic" and "international,” without the need for a passport.   

In this three-week seminar, we consider the ways that contemporary issues and experiences are shaped by political, economic, historical, and geographic forces.  We will focus specifically on factors shaping identities, social movements and migration patterns. 

Through lectures, conversation, and observation our travel will include dynamic learning experiences.

  •  We will build relationships with host families and hear a variety of perspectives from people who call Puerto Rico their home.
  • We will visit El Yunque rainforest, the only subtropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service, and enjoy time at the beach and a bioluminescent bay.
  • We will spend time in the large city of San Juan, with a history dating back to the sixteenth century. We will also be immersed in the mountains of the Aibonito area, where Mennonites first arrived in the 1940s.
  • We will attend worship services and participate in a service project as we think about the effects of service to community.
  • We will be introduced to the Spanish of Puerto Rico as we reflect on the benefits and challenges of intercultural engagement.

Blog and photos from Puerto Rico 2019


Seminar Leaders: Jenni Holsinger, DASS and Adam Yoder
Dates: June 5 - 26, 2023
Estimated Cost: $4,700 - summer seminar fees include Tuition, Room & Board and Travel Fees
Coursework: CCSSC 201 Intercultural Social Science: Puerto Rico 3 SH
Enrollment: 24 Students


  • Routine – MMR, DPT series with last booster within 10 years, IPV or OPV, Hep BHepatitis A and Covid-19 as required for EMU enrollment.
  • In an effort to maximize the safety of our hosts and our students, EMU Intercultural Programs requires all employees and students who plan to travel for intercultural immersion, both domestic and international, to have completed their vaccination regimen for COVID-19 more than 14 days prior to travel. This requirement is one of the standard immunizations required for enrollment, effective Mar. 1, 2021.

Routine immunizations and prescriptions may be obtained at EMU Health Services by appointment. 
Immunizations may also be obtained from your local health department or primary care provider.

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