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Puntarenas Calendars – 2020 Fall

Program Deadlines

September 1, 2019 Application Opens, Early Admission Begins
July 15, 2020 Application Closes (Late applications possible)
July 31 $500 Confirmation Deposit is Non-Refundable
July 31 Balance Due Deadline | Financial Aid Disbursement Form Due
August 7 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 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 Final examinations
December 15 Courses end
December 15 Program end date
December 16 Move out of program housing
December 16 Mandatory departure from Costa Rica

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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