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On-Site Staff for Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Jose, Mauricio, Carolina, Carlos

The Puntarenas program has a Resident Director (RD) who is responsible for the overall operations of the program abroad, including securing appropriate student housing, hiring outstanding faculty, organizing exciting field trips and optional tours, and overseeing your general well-being.

Dr. Carlos Salas, a Costa Rica native, is the RD for the Puntarenas program and has been with USAC since 1995. Carlos earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and is fluent in Spanish and English. He will meet the group flight at the airport, take you to your housing, and provide the mandatory on-site orientation. He and the USAC Puntarenas staff—including Program Assistants Carolina Orellana and Mauricio Salas —provide support and resources while you are on the program.

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

January session (3 weeks): Open

Spring: Open

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer Session I (5 weeks): Open

Summer Session II (3 weeks): Open

Summer Session I&II (8 weeks): Open

Fall/Yearlong: Open

January session: Open

Spring: Open


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



US Credit

Program Capacity

65 students


English | Spanish

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