Heredia, Costa Rica

Program Calendars

Heredia, Costa Rica | 2016-17 Yearlong

Program Deadlines
September 1, 2015 Early Admission Period Begins
April 15, 2016 Fall Position Hold Refund Deadline | Regular Admission Period Begins
June 15 Application Deadline
July 15 Fall Balance Due Deadline
Internship Registration Deadline
July 30 Fall Cancellation Deadline
September 1 Spring Position Hold Payment Due/Refund Deadline
December 1 Spring Balance Due Deadline
December 31 Spring Cancellation Deadline
Program Dates
August 26, 2016 Departure from the US
Arrival in Heredia (all students)
Move into housing
August 27 Mandatory orientation (begins at 9 am)
August 28 Field trip—Poás Volcano and La Paz Waterfalls
August 29 Fall courses begin
Heredia city tour
August 30 San José city tour
September 15 Independence holiday - no classes
October 1 - 6 Optional Caribbean and Bocas del Toro, Panama Tour*
October 3 - 9 Optional Cuba Field Study*
October 12 Culture Day - no classes
October 28 - 29 Field trip—Monteverde Cloud Forest
November 24 - 25 Thanksgiving holiday - no classes
December 7 Fall courses end
December 8 Fall final examinations
January 22, 2017 Field trip—Irazú Volcano and Cartago
January 23 Spring courses begin
Heredia city tour
January 24 San José city tour
February 18 - 23 Optional Northern Costa Rica and Southern Nicaragua Tour*
February 20 - 26 Optional Cuba Field Study*
April 9 - 16 Spring break
April 21 - 22 Overnight field trip—Arenal Volcano
May 10 Spring courses end
May 11 Spring final examinations
Program end date
May 12 Move out of housing
Open return Students establish their own date of return
* *All tours and field studies are 6 days and 5 nights during the weeks indicated, pending final reservations. Final dates are confirmed upon arrival.

See Ready to Apply for additional information about the application process and Money Matters for more details regarding payment and cancellation deadlines.

USAC reserves the right to make adjustments to fees or deadlines at any time. If a program fills earlier than anticipated, USAC may move up the position hold payment deadline date to secure students’ placement in the program.

Occasionally dates need to be changed or field trips modified. Refer back to this calendar often for the most current dates.

Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Summer I (5 weeks): Open

Summer I & II (8 weeks): Open

Summer II (3 weeks): Open

Fall or Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



U.S. Credit

Program Capacity



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