Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Program Calendars

Puntarenas, 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
July 31 Fall Cancellation Deadline
September 1 Spring Position Hold Payment Due/Refund Deadline
December 1 Spring Balance Due Deadline
January 1, 2017 Spring Cancellation Deadline
Program Dates
August 26, 2016 Departure from the US
Arrival in Puntarenas (all students)
Move into housing
August 27 City Tour
August 28 Mandatory orientation
August 29 Fall courses begin
September 3 Field trip—Canopy Tour and Jaco Beach
September 15 Independence Day holiday—no classes
October 12 Culture Day holiday—no classes
October 17 - 22 Optional Caribbean and Bocas del Toro, Panama Tour*
October 17 - 23 Optional Cuba Field Study*
October 29 - 30 Overnight field trip—Arenal Volcano and Hanging Bridges
November 24 - 25 Thanksgiving holiday—no classes
December 7 Fall courses end
December 8 Fall final examinations
January 23, 2017 Spring courses begin
January 28 Field trip—Tortuga Island
March 6 - 11 Optional Cuba Field Study*
Optional Northern Costa Rica and Southern Nicaragua Tour*
April 9 - 16 Spring break
April 22 - 23 Overnight field trip—Monteverde Cloud Forest
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 optional 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 (10 weeks): Open

Summer II (5 weeks): Open

Fall or Yearlong: Open

January 2018: Open

Spring: Open


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



U.S. Credit

Program Capacity



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