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Mar 01, 2021
This program is NOT accepting applications for Spring 2021.
Practice Spanish, study ecology, and more in the beautiful beach town of Puntarena
The Puntarenas program is ideal for students who are committed to learning the Spanish language and diverse cultures of Latin America. Through formal coursework and personal interaction with the host culture, you will greatly expand your language skills and knowledge of Costa Rican society. Puntarenas offers a small beach town environment where you’ll be able to practice your Spanish regularly and immerse yourself in local culture. Costa Rica as a whole is well known for its extraordinary natural beauty, preserved in its many national parks and reserves, which you will have the opportunity to discover firsthand.
Puntarenas is a small beach town environment where you'll be able to practice your Spanish regularly and immerse yourself in the local culture. The geography of Puntarenas is unique since it is located at the end of a sandy peninsula almost five miles long, but only 120 to 700 yards wide. Puntarenas offers the peace and rural beauty of a small town while at the same time affording easy access to other parts of Costa Rica.
The Puntarenas program offers three diverse academic areas: Spanish Language, Ecological Studies, and Latin American Studies. The intensive language approach allows you to complete up to two years of university foreign language coursework in only one semester to meet Spanish minor or major requirements. You may also complement your language curriculum by taking courses in literature, political science, economics, history, art history, biology, ecology, and dance. You can find more information on the offered courses here.
To find out more about the Academic Calendar for USAC: Puntarenas, click here.