The Inter American University of Puerto Rico —or Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (UIPR) in Spanish, and often referred as "Inter"— is a Christian private university system in Puerto Rico. It was founded in 1912 in San German, Puerto Rico. The University has campuses in Aguadilla, Arecibo, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Fajardo, Guayama, Ponce, San Juan, and San German. The school also has three professional schools: the School of Optometry, the Faculty of Law, and the School of Aeronautics. The Inter offers academic programs in 11 teaching units.
It is the largest private university in the Western Hemisphere. In 1944 it became the first institution outside the continental United States to be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
It has 45 exclusive programs, ranging from Associate Degrees in Medical Emergencies, Photography, Optical Science Technology; Bachelor Degrees in Popular Music, Food Technology, Small Business Administration, Biotechnology, Airway Sciences, to Master Degrees in Anesthesia, Fine Arts, Electronic Commerce, Criminal Justice, and International Business
It is the leader in distance education with 8 academic programs offered entirely online and more than 300 online courses and the only higher education institution on the island that has an all English trimester program in the Metro Campus.
It has the only Airway Science program in the Caribbean and the only Optometry School in the Caribbean and Latin America, being the main provider of bilingual optometrists in the world.