Puntarenas, Costa Rica

On-Site Staff for Puntarenas, Costa Rica

The on-site staff and professors are always there to answer questions and keep students informed. Here you see Resident Director Dr. Carlos Salas and Program Assistant Sebastian Bombi in action! :)

The on-site staff and professors are always there to ...

The Puntarenas program has a Resident Director who is responsible for the overall operations of the program abroad: securing appropriate student housing, hiring outstanding faculty, organizing exciting field trips and optional tours, and overseeing your general well-being. Dr. Carlos Salas, a Costa Rica native, is the Resident Director for the Puntarenas program and an 21-year veteran of USAC. Carlos earned his PhD from the University of Kansas and is fluent in Spanish and English. He will meet the group flight at the airport, take you to your housing, and provide the mandatory on-site orientation. He and the USAC Puntarenas staff—including Program Assistants Sebastian Bombi and Susana Muñoz—provide support and resources while you are on the program.

Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Fall and Yearlong: Open for late application

January 2018: Open

Spring: Open

2018-19 App. Cycle

Application opens 9/1:

Summer I (5 weeks)

Summer II (5 weeks)

Summer I & II (10 weeks)


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



U.S. Credit

Program Capacity



English | Spanish