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Summer in Panama

Summer in Panama

May 19 - June 24, 2023
Applications due March 3, 2023

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Applications for the Summer 2023 program are open. If you would like to receive email updates about the program and application, click here to provide your information.

Program Overview

Summer in Panama is a 5-week study abroad experience open to undergraduates in all years and majors. With course offerings in both English and Spanish, the program enables participants to delve into Panama's colonial past, vibrant present, and uncertain future as they experience the country’s cultural, economic, and natural diversity.

Students live and study in Ciudad del Saber, a research institute and residential space occupying a former U.S. military base in the Canal Zone outside of Panama City. In addition to enrolling in two courses (see details below), students participate in regular cultural activities and workshops led by the nation's foremost scholars, creators, and leaders. Weekends present opportunities to explore even more of the country through excursions to points of historical, cultural, or economic significance, such as Panama Viejo and the Casco Antiguo; an Emberá village; Colón, Portobelo, and the beaches of Isla Grande; and, of course, the Panama Canal.

Information for 2022 Participants (for reference only; policies may change in 2023)

Orientation Manual


COVID-19 in Panama

Courses Offered

Students must enroll in two (2) courses, each worth 3 credits. Courses meet Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays according to the following schedule. Workshops and cultural activities will take place on Wednesdays and during the evenings.

Morning 1 Session (Choose 1): 
SPAN 2040: Conversation and Composition (Spanish)
SPAN 3130 or 4130: Topics in Latin American Literature (Spanish)
Early Afternoon Session (Choose 1):
SPAN 3040: Advanced Grammar and Composition (Spanish)
PSDV 3---: International Development Elective, details TBD (English)
Late Afternoon Session
LAST 3130: Society and Culture in Panama (English; SPAN 3350 Credit available)

Program Accommodations

All program activities (except excursions) take place in Ciudad del Saber, a research park located approximately 10 km outside of Panama City’s Casco Antiguo. It has regular bus service to Albrook Terminal, Panama City’s main transportation hub. Students can also easily hire an Uber to take them to and from the city.
Students live in double-occupancy rooms in the Ciudad del Saber dormitories, which feature a private balcony and access to a shared kitchenette on each floor. 
While enrolled in the program, students will enjoy the full range of amenities available at the Ciudad del Saber complex. The compound features a food court with a variety of meal options, as well as on-site bars, restaurants, and various stores. Additionally, students will have access to recreational facilities including a park, gym, pool, and sports fields (equipment rental not included in program price).



Program price includes 6 Tulane credits, international medical insurance, shared housing, transportation to/from airport, some meals, all costs associated with group excursions.

Program price does NOT include airfare to/from Panama, passport/visa expenses, vaccinations, laundry, and other incidentals.

Financial aid

Summer in Panama will offer a limited number of partial scholarships on a needs basis. Students will have the opportunity to opt in to automatic consideration during the application process. No separate scholarship application necessary.


All registration will be processed by Stone Center staff. Students will initially be enrolled in one 3-credit Latin American Studies placeholder course, used for billing purposes only. They will be enrolled in their respective culture and language courses after orientation.

Refund and Cancelation Policy

If a student withdraws from the program at any point between acceptance and departure, the student forfeits their deposit plus any additional expenses that the Stone Center cannot recover from program providers. Prior to 15 days before the program start date, a student may submit a written withdrawal request to be considered for a refund of up to 75% of the program fee (deposit excluded). Refund requests received less than 15 days before the program start date will only be eligible for a maximum of 25% refund of the program fees (deposit excluded). Students withdrawing after the program start date will not be eligible for any refund.

Accessibility and Accommodations

Tulane University is committed to making all its programs accessible to all students. Persons requiring special facilities should notify the CCSI Personnel as soon as possible. All effort will be made to accommodate them, but students should be aware that reasonable accommodation may be required.


If you have questions or would like more information, contact CCSI:  

Phone: (504) 862 - 8629
Email: sclassum@tulane.edu
100 Jones Hall, Tulane Uptown Campus