Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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Puntarenas Calendars - 2020-21 Yearlong

Program Deadlines
September 1, 2019 Application Opens, Early Admission Begins
February 15, 2020 Fall Early Admission Ends ($500 confirmation deposit is non-refundable)
June 1 Application Closes (Late application may be possible - contact USAC)
June 15 Fall Balance Due Deadline | Financial Aid Disbursement Form Due
July 1 Fall Tuition Refund Deadline (no refunds after this date)
August 15 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
August 21, 2020 Departure from the US
Arrival in Puntarenas (all students)
Move into housing
August 23 Mandatory orientation
Puntarenas city tour
August 24 Fall courses begin
September 5 Field trip—Tortuga Island
September 15 Independence holiday—no classes
October 12 - 17 Optional Caribbean and Bocas del Toro, Panama Tour*
October 30 - 31 Overnight field trip—Monteverde Cloud Forest
November 26 - 27 Thanksgiving holiday—no classes
December 10 Fall courses end
December 11 Fall final examinations
January 11, 2021 Spring courses begin
January 23 Field trip—Jaco Beach and Canopy Tour
March 7 - 13 Optional Panamá City and Southern Costa Rica Tour*
March 29 - April 2 Spring break
April 16 - 17 Overnight field trip—Arenal Volcano
May 5 Spring courses end
May 6 Spring final examinations
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.