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Puntarenas Calendars – 2020 Summer Session I

Program Deadlines

September 1, 2019 Application Opens, Early Admission Begins
April 1, 2020 Application Closes (Late application may be possible - contact USAC)
May 1 $500 Confirmation Deposit is Non-Refundable
May 1 Balance Due Deadline | Financial Aid Disbursement Form Due
May 1 Tuition Refund Deadline (no refunds after this date)

Program Dates

May 29, 2020 Departure from the US
May 29 Arrival in Puntarenas
May 29 Move into housing
May 31 Mandatory orientation
May 31 Puntarenas city tour
June 1 Courses begin
June 5 - 6 Overnight field trip—Arenal Volcano
June 7 Field trip—Jaco Beach and Canopy Tour
July 1 Courses end
July 2 Final examinations
July 2 Program end date (for those not on the optional Southern Costa Rica Tour)
July 3 Move out of housing (except those on the optional Southern Costa Rica Tour)
July 6 - 11 Optional Southern Costa Rica Tour
July 12 Program end date (for those on the optional Tour)
Open return Students establish their own date of return

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


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