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  • Locations: Almirante, Panama; Boquete, Panama; David, Panama; Guarare, Panama; Panama City, Panama; Santiago de Veraguas, Panama
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cornell, Jodi Program Director: Luvaga, Ebby, Medina, Hector
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Spanish
Online Course Catalog Available: No Sponsor: Iowa State
ISU Course: ECON 496, INT ST 395E
Program Description:
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Tropical Agricultural Production, International Business, and Trade in Panama

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Informational meetings:

Tuesday, March 6th, 5:00 pm in 360 Heady Hall
Wednesday, March 21, 4:00 pm in 3158 Pearson Hall
You only need to attend one Informational Meeting

Program Description:  Students will gain introduction and first hand exposure to tropical agricultural production, economics, international business, culture  and rural life.  Students will have an opportunity to learn about Panama's strategic location and also experience the Panamanian culture while also learning about how history and culture play a key role in shaping the  relationship between Panama , the United States and other countries on the world.

Program Directors: Ebby Luvaga ( ; Hector Bombiella Medina (

Program Prerequisites: Limited enrollment, open to selected students based on academic performance and other selection criteria established for the program.

Criteria for Selection: Academic commitment and maturity. Teamwork, leadership skills, Spanish language preferred, but NOT required.

Application Requirements:  Complete the online program application (including essays in the application), and personal interview.

Course: Int ST 395E or Econ 496 3 credits for Fall 2018

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Program Cost Description:

Program Fee - $3350, which includes: lodging, airfare, on-site transportation, some meals, and entrance fees .  
Other Fees - 1) $105 study abroad administrative fee charged by Study Abroad CenterOut of Pocket Personal Cost

- 1) passport which costs $135 if you don't already have one; 2) immunizations - $50 (varies based on where you go and if your health insurance covers). 3) Incidentals: Of course, there are also other personal costs, such as some meals and souvenirs, etc.generally $100/week in country is recommended but it can vary depending on spending habits.

Program fee, and the $105 administrative fee will be applied directly to your U-bill in Fall 2018


There are scholarships available to apply for through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (0018 Curtiss Hal), scholarship application is due May 1st ,2018 . Application details are served to CALS students in the learning content section of the program application.

If you are an undergraduate student in the College of Ag and Life Sciences and are a first time international traveler and do not have a passport, contact Jodi at or Visha Arumugam at to find out how you can have the cost of your passport reimbursed.

Other Scholarship resources
Office Of Students Financial Aid
Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships

Panama Winter Break Study Abroad Itinerary--Tentative-Ebby.docx

Note Regarding Service Animals: Due to international quarantine restrictions service animals cannot be accommodated on our study abroad programs. For more information, please contact the Iowa State University Student Accessibility Services Office

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This program is currently not accepting applications.