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Puntarenas Calendars – 2020 Summer Session II

Program Deadlines

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

Program Dates

July 4, 2020 Departure from the US (for those on the optional Southern Costa Rica Tour)
July 4 Move into housing (for those on the optional Southern Costa Rica Tour)
July 6 - 11 Optional Southern Costa Rica Tour (for Session II students only)
July 10 Departure from the US (for those not on the optional Cuba Field Study or Southern Costa Rica Tour)
July 10 Arrival in Puntarenas (all students)
July 10 Move into housing
July 12 Mandatory orientation
July 13 Courses begin
July 17 - 18 Overnight field trip—Monteverde Cloud Forest
July 19 Field trip—Tortuga Island
July 30 Courses end
July 31 Final examinations
July 31 Program end date
August 1 Move out of program housing
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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