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  • Locations: Panama, Panama
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/01/2019
Rolling Admission 01/30/2019 05/14/2019
Spring 2020 05/01/2019
Rolling Admission 01/28/2020 05/11/2020

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

Deadline has passed
Program Description:
SIT Study Abroad Panama
Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation
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  Study tropical ecology in one of the world’s most diverse ecological countries, and explore the critical environmental and social issues affecting its conservation.

This program provides students with an immersive opportunity to study in one of the world’s most diverse ecological environments. Topics of study include tropical forest ecology; marine and wetland ecology; mammal and bird conservation; indigenous resource use; and the human-natural resource interface. Students have seven weeks of field study, and study at world-renowned research institutions including the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and EARTH University.

Major topics of study include:
  • Contemporary environmental and sociocultural issues shaping Panama
  • Environmental research methods and ethics
  • Development and conservation
  • Interdependent tropical ecosystems
  • Poverty and the environment
  • Indigenous cultures and conservation
Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA. Major or minor in WU department that approves program. Additionally, students must satisfy SIT’s language and/or content area preparation requirements.

Program Dates:
Term Application Deadline
Fall February 1
Spring May 1
Please See SIT website for program dates
  Approved Departments:

Environmental Studies
International & Area Studies

Coursework: Students typically earn 16 WU credits (6 for the core seminar, 4 for the independent study project, 2 for the field study seminar and 4 for language study. Language study on SIT programs is awarded general WU credit or, with the language department's approval, elective credit for the major or minor).
  Panama City, Panama
During their homestay in Panama City, students participate in field excursions and attend lectures by local professors and professionals on a variety of subjects related to development and conservation, such as community forestry and the environmental impacts of current political and social events. Students are also immersed in Spanish language study through intensive language classes and daily interaction with their host families. This three-week period helps students become acclimated to Panamanian culture and introduces them to the relevant issues of development and conservation in the tropics.
  Housing: The SIT Panama program includes several different homestays exposing students to different regions and ways of life in both Panama and Costa Rica. In sharing daily life with host families, students greatly improve their Spanish and directly witness how development and conservation affect different communities throughout the country.  

On-Site Support: SIT Study Abroad Support

  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party.

Scholarships: SIT Scholarships
Email the appropriate Overseas Programs Coordinator, visit us during our walk-in hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-5958 to schedule an appointment.