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Puntarenas Calendars – 2021 January Session

Program Deadlines

January 15, 2020 Application Opens, Early Admission Begins
September 1 Early Admission Ends ($500 confirmation deposit is non-refundable)
October 15 Application Closes (Late application may be possible - contact USAC)
November 15 Balance Due Deadline | Financial Aid Disbursement Form Due
November 15 Tuition Refund Deadline (no refunds after this date)

Program Dates

December 27, 2020 Departure from US
December 27 Arrival in Puntarenas
December 27 Move into housing
December 28 Mandatory orientation at 8 am
December 28 Courses begin
January 1, 2021 New Year's Day (no class)
January 8 - 9 Overnight tour—Monteverde Cloud Forest
January 15 Final examinations
January 15 Courses end
January 15 Program end date
January 16 Move out of 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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