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Education Abroad

Puerto Rico: Service Learning with SUNY

2018 Program Dates & Locations

This program will be split into 4 sessions between 4 SUNY schools:

Session 1SUNY ESF
6/17 - 7/1

Session 2SUNY Brockport
7/1 - 7/15

Session 3SUNY Potsdam
7/15 - 7/29

Session 4SUNY Oswego
7/29 - 8/12

Apply Now for SUNY ESF

You will be redirected to The College at Brockport's Study Abroad website to apply.
To apply for other sessions, please click here.

Application Instructions

To apply, click the button above, fill out the form completely, and then submit.

Students will need to provide an unofficial transcript and a study statement no later than Thursday, May 17. Applications will be reviewed on May 23 and students will be notified shortly after. SPOTS ARE LIMITED and applications will be reviewed based on submitted materials. Please apply as soon as possible.

If you do not make the application deadline, please still apply as soon as possible. Following the deadline, ongoing rolling admissions will be accepted for subsequent sessions.

    NOTE: Students must be in good standing academically with their university. 

    Once Accepted...

If accepted, you will need to submit a completed International Academic Programs - PR to ESF's Office of International Education. Please submit these forms to oie@esf.edu no later than Sunday, May 27. There will also be a required pre-departure webinar on Wednesday, May 30.

If not accepted...

Do not worry! ESF is only hosting one of the Puerto Rico sessions and all SUNY students are eligible to apply for other campus sessions as well. We strongly encourage you to apply for these by finding the necessary application requirements on the SUNY Puerto Rico Initiative web site.

About the Program

The governor of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo, has recently announced the launch of a program called the "New York Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative". In partnership with the SUNY Puerto Rico task force, the Governor is asking for SUNY and CUNY students to participate in a service learning project in Puerto Rico to help rebuild after the devastating hurricane season last year. This program will have 4 different two-week sessions spanning from June - August and will be run through different SUNY schools. Please check the dates at the bottom of this page to learn about all session dates.  

Please note that this program is a hands-on extensive service learning project. Students should expect this program will require physical work in a difficult environment. 

For more information regarding the Governor's Initiative, please visit here: Initiative Information 

Information Updates

Program Information will be updated on this page when it becomes available. Please contact the Office of International Education at oie@esf.edu for additional questions. 

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Housing/Program Information

The program will be run in sponsorship with All Hands and Hearts, who will work to provide lodging, food, and coordination of all service work at no cost to the students. Their may be other possible organizations involved in running this program. 

Costs and Expenses

The Governor's team has also indicated that there will be support available to cover most of the student costs, and SUNY System will provide scholarships to students for tuition costs. 

Please note that although the Governor is dedicated to covering most student costs (flight from JFK, housing, some meals, local transportation), students should expect that this program may require some financial costs such as some meals, personal expenses etc. More information will be provided as soon as it is available. 

The flights for this program will depart and return from JFK. Students are responsible for getting themselves to/from JFK and this cost will NOT be covered.