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On-Site Staff for Heredia, Costa Rica

Specialty Programs have an on-site Resident Director (RD) who provides comprehensive support to students throughout their study abroad experience. RDs are responsible for the academic curriculum and faculty.

Meet the Resident Director

Resident Director Carlos "Carlitos" Oviedo has been working with USAC since 1999. He is a Costa Rica native who loves working with people, traveling the world, and enjoying outdoor activities. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and also speaks basic Italian. He holds a master’s degree in Educational Administration, and has completed graduate work at Universidad Nacional in Exercise Physiology. He is currently furthering his education by working toward a Ph.D. in Education.

The RD meets the group flight at the airport, provides an on-site orientation, takes you to your program housing, and organizes interesting field studies, volunteer options, extracurricular activities and optional tours.

Quick Details

2023-24 Application Cycle

  • Spring 2023: Open
    • Deadline: Oct 15

2024-25 Application Cycle

  • Summer 2024: Open
    • Session I or I&II deadline: March 15
    • Session II deadline: April 15
  • Fall/Yearlong 2024-25: Open
    • Deadline: May 15
  • Spring 2025: Open
    • Deadline: Oct 15


Preferred Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

65 students


English, Spanish

Passport & Visa

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