Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Program Calendars

Puntarenas, Costa Rica | 2017 Summer Sessions I & II

Program Deadlines
September 1, 2016 Application Opens, Early Admission Period Begins
February 15, 2017 Early Admission Period Ends ($500 confirmation deposit is non-refundable)
April 1 Application Closes (Late application may be possible - contact USAC)
May 1 Balance Due Deadline
Summer 1 Cancellation Deadline (no refunds)
June 1 Summer 2 Cancellation Deadline (no refunds)
Program Dates
May 19, 2017 Departure from the US
Arrival in Puntarenas (all students)
Move into housing
May 21 Mandatory orientation (begins at 2 pm)
Puntarenas city tour
May 22 Session I courses begin
May 27 Field trip—Tortuga Island
May 27 - 28 Overnight field trip—Punta Leona Beach
June 21 Session I courses end
June 22 Session I final examinations
June 23 - 28 Optional Southern Costa Rica Tour*
June 27 - July 2 Optional Cuba Field Study
Optional Southern Costa Rica Tour*
July 3 Session II courses begin
July 8 Field trip—Jaco Beach Surf Trip
July 14 - 15 Overnight field trip—Monteverde Cloud Forest
July 25 Guanacaste Day—no classes
August 2 Session II courses end
August 3 Session II final examinations
Program end date
August 4 Move out of housing
Open return Students establish their own date of return
* * Summer Session I & II students may select either tour date. Both Southern Costa Rica Tours are identical.

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

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



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