Wow. I sure wish I would have seen this before I could have been a HUGE help. I attended the English Trimester at the Inter August-October 2009.
Let me tell you that anything you know about the college system in the US goes down the drain in Puerto Rico. Forget it and don't compare it because it's NOT THE SAME, AT ALL! Not in quality but in the way things are done.
Where to start? Let me take you through my journey of the Inter. I applied in July, very last minute. I wasn't accepted into the school until two weeks before the trimester started( I have a 3.8 GPA, it was nothing short on this end). They just simply are that laid back and slow. It's not a priority to be on time to them, they'll do things when they need to get to it. I got lucky because I wasn't living there; my mom went up to the school and made them individually look up my application and do all the things they needed to do for me to get in. Ha, so here I was worried about getting in when the director told me she likes to give EVERYONE a chance. She even accepted someone with a 1.8 GPA, but it wouldn't matter because he would drop out anyway. She's right though but you never know. The best way to take things done: be a b-otch, get in someones face and get all your stuff turned in, IN PERSON. Forget reaching them over the phone and over the internet, IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. And if it does, good luck you ever have that experience again.
So once I was accepted I went into the nursing director's office. She saw my transcripts and signed me up for classes. She gave me a huge packet of information that was very helpful and a schedule of classes for the next THREE years (yes three, NOT TWO!). Sorry to tell you, but unless you're just changing your gen ed's for the BSN you will have to go in to the school to do register/change classes the old school way; paper and pencil registration and wait to stand in line 2-3 hours (haha, if you're LUCKY just 2-3 hours). You literally have to take whole days off to get things done there unless you've got connections. Now, where am I? I've got my classes, I'm registered and I've got a to do list.
To do list: get an immunization record on file, get a certificate of good conduct and some other things. It's not stressful you just have to get it done. All of my classes were from 6pm to 10 pm. I had class Monday, Wednesday and Thursday I believe. They don't have classes Fridays... at least I never did and neither did my brother who did the marketing English trimester program. I also suggest taking online Gen Ed's if you're going to, the English professor is awesome : ) I had A LOT of time to do things...... so much time I had no idea what to do with myself haha.
I can't tell you much about clinicals. I couldn't borrow anymore money for school (and nor did I want to) so I got a job and moved. All my friends are still in the program and I will tell you- even through all the stress of the chaos of classes, once it all settled down, it was an amazing experience. I really miss it there. I know clinicals are Saturdays from 7am to 3pm? or 4pm? They are very long!
Anyone who wants to "travel" to the school because they want to live close to the water is CRAZY!! I lived FIVE stinkin' minutes from the school and sometimes it took me 30 minutes, 1 1/2 hour to get there. Traffic sucks, leave early and get used to it! THe professor don't care much anyway if you're late. Enjoy the "island" time.
**ANY requirement they have is a joke, besides transcripts. There is no GPA, prereq's and you don't HAVE to go to orientation. I'll tell you we were supposed to have orientation and none of us even got the info of where/when it was. So as far as *I* know we never had one and we wouldn't have learned much anyway.
By joke I mean, if you can't get it done, they'll forget about it or let you turn it in super late.
Also at clinicals you are paired up with a fully bilingual student and professor. If anyone has questions that weren't answered feel free to ask before you get there. There are no hotels in that area I recommend (near the school).
There's a VERY inexpensive health care plan offered by the school! It's awesome : )