Program Details

The interdisciplinary coursework in the Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation program focuses on the environmental and sociocultural issues affecting the geography, culture, and development of Panama. Students examine
Location:
Panama, Panama
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
Experience the critical environmental and social issues affecting one of the world’s most diverse ecological systems. This program provides students an immersive opportunity to study tropical ecology up close in one of the world’s most diverse wildlife and plant environments. Topics of study include: tropical forest ecology; marine and wetland ecology; community resource conservation; indigenous resource use; human-natural resource interface; and the Panamanian environmental movement

The interdisciplinary coursework in the Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation program focuses on the environmental and sociocultural issues affecting the geography, culture, and development of Panama. Students examine the impact of human activity on the environment and the ways in which development and conservation practices can serve both human and environmental interests. Students participate in a variety of research and cultural activities throughout the semester and learn from researchers, professionals, practitioners, and other development and conservation specialists. During the final month of the semester, students leverage their field study experience and research skills to conduct an Independent Study Project (ISP).

Please inquire for costs: Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses. Participants pay for international airfare and domestic travel to the point of departure from the USA.
Setting Description:
The SIT Panama program is comprised of the following phases: •A four-week homestay in Panama City where students take intensive Spanish courses and begin the Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation Seminar and the Environmental Field Study Seminar; •A six-week period in which students conduct field studies throughout Panama and part of Costa Rica; •A four-week Independent Study Project (ISP) period in which students focus on original research of their own choosing (see below as well as the coursework page for more information on the ISP). Each phase exposes students to different perspectives on conservation and development through interactions with a variety of stakeholders – from banana plantation workers and members of forest-dwelling communities to experts on environmental policy and evolutionary theory.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Please see our website for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

4.8

Based on 4 Reviews

  • Panama: Study Abroad Review
    4.0
    08/02/17

    My study abroad program involved a semester long immersion at USMA University and field study throughout Panama City. These countries were fitting destinations for my study abroad experience because my biology major requires that I not only see the diversity

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Possibly the best 3.5 months of my college career
    5.0
    07/29/17

    SIT Panama is a brilliantly designed program for students who would like hands on experience, as opposed to learning just from books. Being in the field and conversing with people there proved to be an excellent way to learn- those kind of experiences

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Truly a once in a lifetime experience!
    5.0
    02/22/17

    I cannot say more positive things about SIT and this program in particular. As a biology major, studying abroad in the tropics is a must, especially if you're interested in biodiversity. When I was considering programs, I was hesitant at first to go to

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Do this
    5.0
    02/17/16

    A lot of people say that study abroad will change your life and it seems super cliche and silly. But this experience was without a doubt the best thing I did in my entire life and brought back to me some things that I had lost. We travelled around the

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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