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SIT/ Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation
Panama City, Panama (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: Brandeis applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 02/24/2015
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2016 02/24/2015
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Field Study Program
Program Language(s):
English, Spanish
Area of Study(s):
Anthropology, Biology, Environmental Studies, Hispanic Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies
Minimum Semesters of Previous Language Study Required:
Housing Options:
Homestay, Hostel/Hotel, Other
Experiential Learning Opportunities:
Field Study, Research Project
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 while improving their Spanish. 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. Learn more about the program's coursework.

Engage in seven weeks of field study. Study at world-renowned research institutions.
The program includes courses at the highly regarded Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Bocas del Toro and Barro Colorado Island and at EARTH University in Costa Rica, the foremost sustainable agricultural college in the hemisphere. 

Interact with NGO leaders, subsistence communities, and indigenous groups.
Students meet with NGO activists and local community members, including subsistence farmers, to gain an in-depth understanding of how issues related to development and conservation affect lives and livelihoods within local communities. Excursions include visiting coastal fishing communities, a sustainable coffee farm in La Amistad International Park buffer zone, an organic agroforestry chocolate farm, and an industrial banana plantation. Learn more about the program's excursions.

Improve your Spanish through language study and homestays with Panamanian families.
Language instruction in small group formats, and homestays with host families in both urban and rural settings, give students a rare, personal experience of the country, its cultures, and livelihoods. By living with local families in rural mountain villages, coastal communities, and lowland areas, students learn about subsistence living and conservation in central Panama through firsthand experience.  Learn more about the program's homestays.

Discover the advantages to studying in Panama.
Panama has long been known as "the crossroads of the world," linking not only North and South America but also the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The country has eight unique indigenous groups, a strong Afro-Caribbean cultural influence, a Caribbean archipelago comparable to the Galapagos Islands, more bird species than are found in all of North America, and the last great roadless wilderness in Central America.

Brandeis Specific Information

Application Process:

Students wanting to apply to this program must submit two applications:
  1. to the Brandeis Office of Study Abroad. Visit the Brandeis Study Abroad Website in order to obtain more information about internal application process, advising hours, academic credit, and financial aid transfer.
  2. to the external program listed above. Visit the Brandeis Study Abroad Website for more information on commonaly asked questions about the external application process like deadlines, program approval forms, paying deposits, etc...

Scholarship Details:

Students interested in learning more about (other) study abroad scholarship opportunities should visit the scholarship section of the Brandeis study abroad website.
*Please note that all information is subject to change.

This program is currently not accepting applications.