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Summer in Panama

Summer in Panama

May 20 - June 18, 2022
Applications due March 11, 2022
NOTE: Students who wish to be considered for need-based scholarships should submit applications by March 3, 2022

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Program Overview

Orientation Manual

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Summer in Panama is a 4-week study abroad experience open to undergraduates in all years and majors. With course offerings in both English and Spanish, it is accessible to students at any level of language proficiency. Students pursuing Spanish major/minor can simultaneously complete both required gateway courses (SPAN 2040 and SPAN 3040) or take two upper-level courses while living in an immersive language environment. Meanwhile, students with as little as 1 semester of Spanish experience can delve into Panamanian culture, society and economy through a full load of coursework delivered in English.

Students live and study in Ciudad del Saber, a research park occupying a former U.S. military base in the Canal Zone just outside of Panama City. In addition to enrolling in two 3-credit Tulane courses (see details below), they participate in regular cultural activities and workshops led by the nation's foremost scholars, creators, and leaders. The 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 (3-day trip); and, of course, the Panama Canal.*

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 4130: Topics in Latin American Literature (Spanish)
 
Early Afternoon Session (Choose 1):
SPAN 3040: Advanced Grammar and Composition (Spanish)
COMM 4670: Creative Economies in Panama (English)
 
Late Afternoon Session
LAST 3130: Society and Culture in Panama (English)

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 lodging complex, which feature a private balcony and access to a shared kitchenette on each floor. Breakfast (included in the program price) is available daily in the nearby dining hall.
 
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 food 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).

Cost

$5,600 ($3,000 Tuition; $2,600 housing/logistics)

Tuition and fees include 6 Tulane credits, shared housing, 1 meal/day, transportation to/from airport, all costs associated with group excursions. Tuition and fees do NOT include airfare to/from Panama, passport/visa expenses, vaccinations, laundry, and other incidentals.

Refund and Cancellation 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 Program Manager as soon as possible. All effort will be made to accommodate them, but students should be aware that reasonable accommodation may be required.

Contact 

If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Program Manager: 

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