Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Program Calendars

Puntarenas, Costa Rica | 2016 Fall

Program Deadlines
September 1, 2015 Early Admission Period Begins
April 15, 2016 Position Hold Refund Deadline | Regular Admission Period Begins
June 15 Application Deadline
July 15 Balance Due Deadline
July 31 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 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 Courses end
December 8 Final examinations
Program end date
December 9 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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