Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 7

Anyone out there have info on the school in Arecibo, PR? It is a 24 month program that begins in August. I'd love to hear anything, thanks. zzzzzgirl... Read More

  1. by   Oakley44
    Quote from labsrock
    I too have applied for the August trimester class and would appreciate if anyone attending can give soon to be students an idea of what to expect. I have a bachelors degree and from talking with people at the school it seems I qualify for the accelerated program. I'm excited but a bit nervous as I don't know what to expect. If any of you can paint a picture, I'd be sincerely grateful!
    I'd say look at the previous feedback in this thread. If you speak Spanish well, call them. You can google the school with a search like "Metro english trimester program" or "iau metro campus" etc.. if you don't have the direct link. Good luck.
  2. by   labsrock
    Thanks for the google tips, I've already located the school and it's website, http://metro.inter.edu, which is the San Juan campus for the university, inter.edu is the main website. I've spoke with people at the school, just looking for feedback from students who've been through the program. I can speak conversational Spanish but I'm hoping to better my Spanish skills.
  3. by   PuertoRicoLocal
    Hi, i am a local here in Puerto Rico and a student in the interamerican university(not nursing),i may not be able to answer any question regarding the logistics of getting into nursing school here in PR,but i can help you guys in questions regarding the way of life here in PR and any other questions you may have about this place in general( i'm from here,i know)messege me if you need help..
  4. by   designer-mommy
    Hey guys! Maybe I can shed a bit of light on PR, La Inter, etc.

    Both my husband and I are (hopefully) going to start the nursing trimester program in August. We have been living on the island for about 2 years now, and anytime I want to accomplish anything at IAUPR, I have to go down there because it is nearly impossible to get a hold of anyone other than the counselor in the English trimester office. I can't remember who e-mailed him and got the response that he was out of the office for a week, but it's true. He is the ONLY one that I go see when I go there, because he is extremely helpful. We went and saw him on a Monday, and he was just getting back in the office, showing pictures to everyone LOL He's so sweet. Anyway...

    The people at IAUPR are extremely slow to get anything done. I actually could have started last August, but they took well over a month to evaluate my transcripts and catalog, so the classes had already started (sniff, sniff). The reason why they want the catalog for transfer students is to evaluate what you've already taken in order to determine what classes they will accept. They accepted about 1/4 of my classes from my previous AA degree. So, one of my biggest pieces of advice to you all is to start very, very early--like NOW. Do NOT wait until a few months before to start applying and getting your stuff over here, because it won't happen and then you'll have to wait a whole year to start. For that, you can just get on the wait list at a school in the U.S.!!!

    As far as apartments, etc., go to www.clasificadosonline.com. That is basically our "Craigslist" over here. We do have a Craigslist section for PR, but not many people use it, which sucks for me because I loved that site! Most of what is on there is a scam LOL Clasificadosonline.com is in both English and Spanish, so you shouldn't have a problem navigating the site. As far as things being expensive here, it's all in the location. We live in Gurabo, which is probably about 30-35 minutes away from IAUPR Metro. Things are cheap in my town, but there isn't much at all here. We have to go to Caguas to do any major shopping. Caguas is an excellent area, and depending on what part of the city you live in, you might be only about 20 minutes from campus. If you're looking for apartments that are extremely close to campus, you're going to pay through the nose. The Metro campus is in Guaynabo/Rio Piedras, and it's expensive there. I highly suggest looking at the surrounding cities for cheaper rent. Who knows, some of you on this site may strike up a friendship and be able to go in on a house as roommates and pay next to nothing! Seriously, you can get a 3 bedroom house in a decent area for $500--just not in the Metro area LOL Sure, you'll need a car, but the public transportation here is a JOKE. You WILL need a car...period. Public transportation here is a "guagua publica," which is literally a huge Chevy passenger van from like 1985, no joke. Most of them don't have A/C, and it is scorching hot here most of the year, so you're sitting next to some sweaty guy and you all have to pile out of the van every time someone gets off to let them off LOL Sure, we have a train here, but it's very limited. If you can swing it, fine, but really...get a car. It will save you a lot of headache. You can look at cars on clasificadosonline.com too. Oh, and when you're in school, you can find good deals on used books there too ;-)

    If there's anything I can do for you guys, just let me know. I don't think I can PM yet, but I'll just become more active here so I can do that. I hope I helped someone! It would be awesome if we keep this thread alive and all start in August. Then at least we'll kinda "know somebody" when we start! Take care everyone.
  5. by   designer-mommy
    Oh, a few more things...

    Another reason to get things done early is because you'll need to get a certificate of good conduct from the police, CPR certification, etc.

    And about getting a car, good news! We don't pay insurance here. We pay for a sticker called a marbete once a year--it's like renewing your registration. It's around $200, and that covers our insurance. Sure, it's really basic, but it's really nice not to have to pay $100-$200 extra per month just to drive a car! You can purchase private insurance if you want to, and I would imagine that you might have to do that if you are financing the car--not sure though. Our car is used, and we bought it outright, so I don't know about that. Oh yes, and one thing to be wary of when buying a used car--here the tickets aren't assigned to the person, they're assigned to the car. Crazy, isn't it? So, when buying a car, you need to make sure that it doesn't have $5,000 in tickets on it, or you will be responsible for that money when you transfer the car into your name. If possible, go with the person who is selling you the car to do the transfer. It's a hassle, but you have to CYA, right? Actually, I believe you HAVE to go with the person. I'm not sure. We bought our car from a friend, and he and my husband dealt with it.
  6. by   designer-mommy
    Hey PuertoRicoLocal! What part of the island are you in?
  7. by   PuertoRicoLocal
    Nice to meet you(Un placer conoserte),I am located in Guaynabo city ,so how are you finding Puerto Rico??,do you like it here??.do u like the people??Is it hard for you to overcome the spanish/english thing?....just looking for some feedback of my island......
    Last edit by PuertoRicoLocal on Mar 7, '10
  8. by   designer-mommy
    Quote from PuertoRicoLocal
    Nice to meet you(Un placer conoserte),I am located in Guaynabo city ,so how are you finding Puerto Rico??,do you like it here??.do u like the people??Is it hard for you to overcome the spanish/english thing?....just looking for some feedback of my island......
    Hi! I like it here, but if I had a choice I'd rather be back home in FL. PR is beautiful and the people are friendly. I get frustrated over how things work sometimes, just because it's so different from back home. I guess if you're a single person with no children, it would be AWESOME because the nightlife here is great. I have 4 children so yeah, not much time to go out. I hate the public education system here, so I'm looking forward to graduating and getting my kids back in school in the U.S. As for the Spanish/English thing, I wouldn't say I'm fluent in Spanish, but I'm pretty darn close. My hubby was born and raised here, so when we go out I don't even have to bother with it, because he does all the talking. So yeah, I like PR, but I also can't wait to get back home. I'm looking forward to cooler weather. FL isn't cold by any means, but it's much cooler than here LOL And it's nice to meet you too.
  9. by   ChanelCinq
    I just picked up my mail and I had 6, count them 6 letters from the Interamericana admissions office. Why on earth I received 6 letters all dated March 5th and all 6 with the exact same info is beyond me.

    Two days ago I received my return receipt, signed by the University on March 3th. I sent my application, my transcripts, and a copy of my social security card a couple of weeks ago. It was sent certified, signature required and return receipt.

    So then 2 days after they signed for my package they sent 6 letters. All 6 letters were written in Spanish which again makes me nervous as this is supposed to be taught in English. I would assume at the least the letter would be in both Spanish and English. But it was only in Spanish and since I don't speak a word I had to type the letter into Babel Fish to get a translation.

    So all 6 letters state that they received my application but I still need to send them my transcripts and a copy of my Social Security card. Huh??? All these things were in the same envelope!!!

    It is these things that scare me to death about this school.

    How did they get my application and not a copy of my SS and my transcripts when they were in the same package?? Why did they send 6 letters. Why was it not in English when this program is taught 100% in English?

    Oh my oh my. I guess I will try to contact the school on Monday though I have no hopes of actually speaking to anyone. I have yet to speak to someone that does not tell me to call back or transfer me to a dead line.

    I think "E" will be getting an email from me. I was frustrated at him for a bit when I thought I had to send college catalogs dating back over 20 years. But really he has been the only helpful person there and I have tried to contact over a dozen people at this point.

    Here we go again!
  10. by   PuertoRicoLocal
    I cannot help you with your current problem, but i can tell you that the nursing program is 100 % English (i know because i am from that school(not nursing)).

    Dont give up friend,the nursing program is very good(PR is also cool!!),the problem is doing the logistics to get there.Wish you the best of luck!!!!
  11. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from PuertoRicoLocal
    I cannot help you with your current problem, but i can tell you that the nursing program is 100 % English (i know because i am from that school(not nursing)).

    Dont give up friend,the nursing program is very good(PR is also cool!!),the problem is doing the logistics to get there.Wish you the best of luck!!!!
    Thanks PuertoRicoLocal. It is not like this school is the only school I am having issues with as there are actually quite a few schools causing me grief. It is just that IAUPR is causing me more grief than others.

    I know that once I get passed the admission process I will not be so frustrated. There are quite a few graduates from the program that have posted over the years and say good things about the program.

    It is just getting through the admissions process that is causing me grief.
  12. by   ChanelCinq
    By the way, how hard is it to live in PR if one does not speak a single word of Spanish (well not more than 5 words)? Is life going to be difficult on a day to day basis if I don't speak or read Spanish?

    I was just thinking the other day that if I will be going to school full time and my brain will be saturated with lectures and studying and then when I am out and about my brain will still be working really hard. I wonder if this is a good idea.

    I have traveled to over 70 countries and have lived on 4 continents. The longest time I lived in a non speaking country was France. At that point I had already been studying French for a while and still struggled but I was not going to school. When you are studying it really takes a lot out of you.

    Also I know people are going to tell me French is similar to Spanish. Well they may be in the same family but so are English and German and I studied German for a semester and would never study it again (for many reasons). I took Italian and was frustrated as the nouns that were feminine in French were masculine in Italian and vice versa. That made Italian even more frustrating. There were other aspects that threw me off. I think I would have been better off studying Italian if I had never studied French.

    However I will say that when it comes to reading signs and things I will have a pretty good understanding of the gist of the content. So when it comes to short statements I think the French will come in handy. I will not have any idea what people are saying though.

    So if anyone has an idea of what it would be like for a non Spanish speaker I would appreciate it.
  13. by   designer-mommy
    Hey ChanelCinq! I have to email you back again--I'm sorry! I was working on something when I read it, so I didn't reply right away and it totally slipped my mind until I saw your post here. God help me when I start nursing school, because my kids have my mind completely frazzled LOL

    "E" is definitely the one to get in touch with. He's the only one I will work with when I go there because he is faster than the others--and much nicer too!

    As for living in PR and not speaking Spanish, you may have a little bit of trouble but nothing that will make it unlivable here. You would be surprised at the amount of people who know English here. Even if it's not perfect, it's enough to get the point across. Like you said, signs shouldn't be a problem. All of our street signs are in Spanish, but they're the same shapes/colors as the signs in the U.S. of course, so you'll know what they mean. If you hang out in San Juan and other tourist areas, pretty much everyone will be fluent in English. It's the small towns (like mine LOL) that you may have the language barrier. I have the luxury of speaking Spanish, but my hubby and I pretty much speak English all the time, even when we're out, and sometimes people will join in LOL Since the clinicals for IAUPR are in Puerto Rican hospitals, the patients will speak Spanish, but I hear that you have a bilingual nurse looking over you. Plus I'm sure that some of the students will speak Spanish and can help you out. My hubby was born and raised here, but he is going to try and go to the English trimester program if we can work out babysitting with my MIL. If not, we're going to have to try and split it up by him going to the Spanish trimester in the morning and me do the English at night. Anyway, I don't think you'll have that much of a problem here with not knowing the language. There may be some bumps along the way, but nothing major. And hey, you've got a friend here that can help you out! ;-)