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Heredia Calendars – 2020-21 Yearlong

Program Deadlines

September 1, 2019 Application Opens, Early Admission Begins
July 15, 2020 Application Closes (Late application possible)
July 31 Fall $500 Confirmation Deposit is Non-Refundable
July 31 Fall Balance Due Deadline | Financial Aid Disbursement Form Due
August 7 Fall Tuition Refund Deadline (no refunds after this date)
October 1 Spring Early Admission Ends ($500 confimation deposit is non-refundable)
November 15 Spring Balance Due Deadline | Financial Aid Disbursement Form Due
December 1 Spring Tuition Refund Deadline (no refunds after this date)

Program Dates

September 17, 2020 Departure from the US
September 17 Arrival in Heredia before 11:45 pm
September 17 Move into housing
September 18 Mandatory orientation (begins at 8:45 am)
September 19 Field trip — La Paz Waterfalls
September 21 Fall courses begin
September 22 Heredia city tour — After class
September 24 San José city tour
October 12 Holiday — no classes
October 23 Field trip—Irazú Volcano Cloud Forest
November 26 - 27 Thanksgiving holiday — no classes
December 4 Holiday — no classes
December 16 Fall courses end
December 17 Fall final examinations
January 10, 2021 Field trip — Irazú Volcano and Cartago
January 11 Spring courses begin
January 12 Heredia city tour
January 14 San José city tour
March 1 - 6 Optional Tropical Caribbean Tour*
March 29 - April 2 Spring break
April 23 - 24 Overnight trip—La Fortuna Waterfall and Hot Springs
May 5 Spring courses end
May 6 Spring final examinations
May 6 Program end date
May 7 Move out of housing
Open return Students establish their own date of return
* All 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. Payment of the Confirmation Deposit cannot be deferred. USAC reserves the right to make adjustments to fees or deadlines at any time.

Occasionally dates need to be changed or field trips modified. Refer back to this calendar often for the most current dates.

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Fall/Yearlong: Cancelled

Spring: Open

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer programs: Opens 9/1

Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1

Spring: Opens 9/1


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



US Credit

Program Capacity

65 students


English | Spanish

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