This program is offered through the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). The USAC Puntarenas Center overlooks the ocean and is situated only a few blocks from downtown Puntarenas, where students can find markets, internet cafés, banks and a variety of stores. The Center includes offices, classrooms, multimedia facilities, a computer lab and a courtyard with wireless Internet access. The Center also hosts conversation partner meetings and other group activities. The Puntarenas program is ideal for students who are committed to learning the Spanish language and the 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.
The Puntarenas program offers three diverse academic areas: Spanish Language, Ecological 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, so you may 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. See USAC for your course options.
The Puntarenas program has a Resident Director who is responsible for the overall operations of the program abroad: securing appropriate student housing, hiring outstanding faculty, organizing exciting field trips and optional tours, and overseeing your general well-being.