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Metropolitan University Main Campus located in San Juan, PR


Metropolitan University has graduated 30,000 students in PR

In 1992 was recognized as Model Institute of Excellency

Has eight campuses around the island





Located in the heart of San Juan, Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) provides quality educational services, excellent research opportunities, and alternatives to engage in cultural activities. UMET offers academic programs leading to professional certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees.

Internationalization strategies have included curriculum revision, particularly in the areas of Education, Languages, and Sciences; student and faculty exchanges; internships; visiting scholars and professionals; trips abroad; conferences with international speakers and foreign dignitaries; and signing cooperative agreements with international universities and institutions.

Students Exchange and Internships

Universidad Metropolitana has coordinated overseas study opportunities with major institutions and universities in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. Fulbright Scholarships and other programs are enabling students and faculty to take advantage of overseas study and research opportunities.

Our students have experienced research internships in prestigious universities and institutions including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Arizona State University; Carnegie Mellon University; University of California; State University of New York; Texas A&M University; University of Massachusetts; University of Michigan; and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain, among others. Also in international research centers like Singapore, Spain, and Mexico.

The University signed an agreement with José Ortega y Gasset Foundation, in Toledo, Spain and most recetly with Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense and Universidade Federal do Amazonas, in Brazil, sponsored by Funds for Improvement of Post Secondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education.

Faculty Exchanges and Visiting Professors

Recognizing that the university’s international identity is rooted in the number of visiting faculty and researchers it has UMET encourages visiting scholars and faculty research with an international focus.

The San Juan campus has welcomed visiting professors and prestigious Fulbright scholars from Brazil, Spain, France, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Indonesia, Czech Republic, and Slovak Republic.

Visiting Scholars from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China contributed to developing the curriculum for the masters program in International Commerce, while another scholar from Brazil helped develop the Environmental Education program.

Student Trips Abroad

UMET sponsors international trips to expose students to new cultures, languages, and economies. The University approved a for-credit trips abroad program in which students can apply for loans to pay for travel expenses associated with the academic experience.

Thanks to this program, students visited Denmark to study urbanism, new environmental technologies, and environmental incentives for business through corporate social responsibility. Other students have traveled to Brazil, Greece, Italy, and China. At the end of their trips, students prepare a portfolio of their experience including essays, regarding the importance of traveling in their learning process and its relevance to Puerto Rican culture.

The University promotes the study of other cultures through the music and hosts La Coral Metropolitana de San Juan, a coral group that integrates students and alumnae. La Coral has embarked on international tours to Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Spain, and China. The tour combines concerts and presentations with seminars of the history, culture and music of the countries visited. La Coral is an excellent ambassador of UMET and the Puerto Rican music.

Conferences and Visits from Foreign Dignitaries

Universidad Metropolitana has hosted educational conferences with foreign leaders and dignitaries. Ambassadors from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Peru have participated in activities as part of the university’s internationalization efforts; furthermore, economic development experts from Chile and Spain, have participated in public policy conferences hosted by UMET. The Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas has sponsored the Severo Ochoa Lectures, bringing distinguished scientist from Spain to teach courses in biomedicine.

The University regularly hosts the visit of prominent and distinguished authors from Hispano America. Novelist and journalist such as Manuel Vicent and Álex Grijelmo, from Spain, and Marcela Serrano, from Chile have presented their books and engaged with the audience creating an open atmosphere toward cultural diversity through literature.

Agreements, Alliances, and Networks

UMET has signed various cooperative agreements with major universities and global institutions, which are contributing to enhancing the university’s curriculum and strengthening international partnerships. Agreements have been signed with;

  • Instituto Universitario de Ciencias Ambientales, at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain , which are geared towards implementing strategic plans in the Caribbean region and doctoral studies in the area of environment.
  • Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, in Managua, Nicaragua , to replicate in that educational center the Model Institutions of Excellence project, sponsored by the National Science Foundation in UMET. The goal of this program is to encourage students who belong to minority groups to accept the challenge of studying sciences, engineering, and mathematics, up to doctoral degrees. In this manner, both institutions have united their efforts in preparing the necessary scientists and researchers, to promote economic development in their countries.

Alliance with

  • Universidade Federal do Amazonas located, in Manau, and the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil .

Partnerships in the area of Environmental Studies include Universidad de Granada, Spain, and Universidade Livre do Meio Ambiente, in Curitiba, Brazil; these partnerships are directed toward establishing close technical-scientific cooperation to exchange information and human resources, and develop educational and research programs.

UMET has an international network of mentors that includes Cornell University; University of California, Los Angeles; Carnegie Mellon University; National Center for Atmospheric Research; California State University, Dominguez Hills; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; University of the Virgin Islands; Academy of Meteorological Science, in Beijing, China; Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands; COSMOlogic, in Leverkusen, Germany; Tokyo University, Japan; University of Queensland, Australia; and Mansura University, Egypt, among others.

In addition, collaboration agreements have been reached with universities in Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Honduras, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, and Spain,. Also, UMET has signed agreements with the following organizations: National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Evertec, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Microsoft.

Instituto de Educación Avanzada

Through the Instituto de Educación Avanzada (INEDA), UMET has signed cooperative agreements with universities, public institutions, and foundations, to conduct research and development projects in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, Cuba, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
International colaborations Universidad Metropolitana.

Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Nicaragua

Universidade Livre do Media Ambiente (UniLivre), Brasil

Universidad de Granada, España

Universidad St. George’s, Granada

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España

Universidad Federal de Amazonas

Universidade Estadual do Norge Fluminense, Brasil

Fundación José Ortega y Gasset, España


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