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22 Study Abroad Programs in Panama

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Travel to Panama and attend classes with Sea|mester Study Abroad at Sea. Individuals get to participate in an uncommon way to experience international education. They have the opportunity to pair subjects like Marine Biology and Oceanography with scuba diving sessions or Geology combined with trekking and hiking through terrains. This enables a well-rounded learning undertaking where participan...

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Dive deeper into the culture of Panama while studying in Panama City with AmeriSpan Study Abroad. Participants may choose from various program options including Spanish and Intensive Language. Individuals can also partake in weekly cultural activities as well as live like a local by staying with a host family. Programs are available throughout the year.

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Explore tropical ecology and conservation on this semester program in Panama from SIT Study Abroad. Students examine tropical, marine, and wetland ecology; mammal and bird conservation; and indigenous resource use in one of the world's most diverse ecosystems. Students also improve their Spanish skills and spend seven weeks in the field.

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Gain academic credit while having the adventure of a lifetime in Panama. Outward Bound offers an experiential education program that aims to develop and inspire responsibility, compassion, leadership, commitment to serve, and respect for the environment through adventure-based experiences in the wilderness. Participants will learn to scuba dive, surf ocean waves, trek through jungles, and impro...

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Study at the prestigious City of Knowledge campus of the Florida State University in Panama and get the chance to take up a variety of courses, including Spanish language classes, and go on short trips to the Panama Canal Locks and the San Blas Islands. Students on the program live in furnished apartments located near the main classroom building.

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This semester-long program in Panama allows students to gain more knowledge in Tropical Island Biodiversity and Conservation. Designed by The School For Field Studies, individuals conduct research studies about the status and interrelationships of island systems. Students must have already completed one year of either Ecology, Biology, or Environmental Science studies to partake in this program.

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Learn about primate biology, natural history, behavior, and ecology in Panama with Broadreach. Participants will find themselves in a spectacular rainforest setting working with primatologists in ongoing monkey research. They will be participating in highly educational service projects and field exercises.

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Sea State provides an extraordinary study abroad program designed for students seeking real adventure. There are very few college courses where you can visit the famed Panama Canal, surf or learn to surf on fun waves, boat trip out to deserted islands, hike through the jungle to secluded waterfalls, eat fresh caught fish and ceviche, and learn how to improve your writing and creative express...

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Generous monetary aid is available to American students with good academic reputations through Boren Awards and Gilman Scholarships. Individuals who wish to study in Panama can apply for these programs. Both focus on students with exceptionally limited funding abilities.

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Have a unique study abroad experience with Kalu Yala. They are an independent program provider that endeavors to help students discover and fulfill their personal passions. Participants can take programs in Biology, Agriculture, and Business.

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Studying Abroad in Panama

No other country in the world connects the Atlantic and Pacific the way that Panama does. This Central American country links the two oceans with the help of the Panama Canal, a manmade waterway that cuts through the country and is considered to be one of the most important boons to modern maritime trade. This unique East-meets-West setting makes Panama the perfect study abroad destination for students interested in a broad range of courses like international relations, tropical ecology, biodiversity, and conservation studies.

Geography & Demographics

After hundreds of years in turmoil — from the time of its earliest settlers (the Chibchan, Chocoan and Cueva peoples) through its conquest in the hands of Spain, to the dawn of its independence — Panama is now a bustling melting pot of races. Thanks in part to the government policy of offering price discounts to foreigners, particularly retirees, Panama is a popular destination for seniors and travelers on a budget.

Studying in Panama

Panama has 88 higher education institutions, including the University of Panama, the West Coast University-Panama, the Technological University of Panama and Florida State University-Panama. Its Ciudad de Saber (City of Knowledge) is a government-sponsored cluster of educational institutes, technology companies, and international organizations like the United Nations and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Florida State University has several international education programs in Panama City, including one that caters directly to those who want to spend their first year at FSU studying abroad. In Panama, classes are taught in English although the campus does offer courses in other foreign languages.

The School for Field Studies has a pilot semester program at Bocas del Toro, a province of Panama discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502. Under the Tropical Island Biodiversity and Conservation Studies program, students learn about the different species of plants and animals found on the Panama isthmus. Bocas del Toro provides the perfect setting for such a course with its myriad reefs, mangroves and rivers … not to mention wide white-sand beaches.

If staying at a more urban location while studying tropical ecology, marine ecosystems and biodiversity conservation is more to your liking, go and check out the SIT Study Abroad program in Panama City. The course offers students an opportunity to study diverse wildlife in dense tropical forests and deep tropical waters. This includes trips to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute at Bocas del Toro.

Panama offers lots of options for learning Spanish. One notable institute is the Habla Ya Spanish School, which has a program in Boquete that is split into different sub-courses catering to a wide assortment of travelers. There’s a 6- to 20-week crash course for beginners, and a Latin cultural and Spanish immersion program. They even offer an eco-adventure Spanish pack that can be taken up with any course. The pack includes a zipline canopy tour in Palo Alto, a whitewater river-rafting run in Chiriqui Viejo, and a rock climbing and rappelling trip to Bajo Mono.

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