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Puntarenas 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 19, 2020 Departure from the US
September 19 Arrival in Puntarenas (all students)
September 19 Move into housing
September 20 Mandatory orientation
September 20 Puntarenas city tour
September 21 Fall courses begin
October 3 Field trip — Parque de Aventuras San Luis
November 14 Field trip — Tortuga Island
November 26 - 27 Thanksgiving holiday — no classes
December 1 Holiday — no classes
December 14 Fall final examinations
December 15 Fall courses end
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
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

January session (3 weeks): Open

Spring: Open

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer programs: Opens 9/1

Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1

January session: 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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