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Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Homestay, Hostel, Hotel Eligible Year: 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior
Program Type: Pace Global Fellows
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems & Biodiversity Conservation

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Explore rain forests, coral reefs, highland canopies, and coastal mangroves as you study tropical conservation and ecology.

WHY STUDY TROPICAL ECOLOGY IN PANAMA?

Panama has some of the world’s most biodiverse and complex ecosystems, from highland cloud forests to Caribbean coral reefs. You’ll conduct seven weeks of field studies in five unique settings in Panama and Costa Rica and visit world-renowned research institutions. You will learn how to observe forest dynamics, check water and soil quality, and measure bird, amphibian, and insect diversity.

In Panama City, one of the leading bases for international NGOs and the United Nations, you’ll explore conservation topics such as sustainable agriculture, indigenous resource use, and ecotourism. You will also conduct four weeks of independent, original field research project on a topic of your choice.

Your program also includes five homestays during which you will learn about urban and rural life, experience local culture, and examine the environmental challenges these communities face.

In addition, you will develop the Spanish language skills needed to discuss ecological issues and conduct field research through classroom learning, cultural immersion, homestays, fieldwork, and excursions.
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Study in one of the most biodiverse and complex ecosystems in the world.
  • Engage in seven weeks of travel and field study in Panama and Costa Rica.
  • Hike highland ecosystems and lowland rain forests and live in local communities.
  • Conduct extensive fieldwork in a wide variety of tropical and marine ecosystems.
 

PREREQUISITES

Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in environmental studies, ecology, biology, or related fields, as assessed by SIT. There is no language requirement. Taking coursework in or independently studying Spanish prior to arrival is highly encouraged.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

KEY TOPICS OF STUDY

  • Tropical forest dynamics
  • Neotropical mammal, marine, avian, and amphibian ecology
  • Marine and coastal ecosystem connectivity
  • Ecological field research methods and methodology
  • Carbon, climate change, and resource use
  • Contemporary socio-environmental issues shaping the tropics

 

MONEY MATTERS

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following: 
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions 
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration 
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions 
  • Health and accident insurance 
 
SCHOLARSHIPS
  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
 

CONTACT SIT STUDY ABROAD

 
 




Pace's Partner Program Application Process:
Partner Programs Application Process. March 2021 (002).docx

Pace's Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: March 15
Spring Semester: October 15

PACE RESOURCES:
  • Pace Study Abroad FAQs: Review these Pace study abroad FAQs.
  • Academic FAQs: If you have more questions about academics related to study abroad, review these Pace FAQs.
  • Financial FAQs: If you have more questions about the cost of study abroad, financial aid, and scholarships, review these Pace FAQs.
    • Pace tuition and Fees, including a $100 Study Abroad Fee are billed to the student account. 
    • Room charges are the responsibility of the student and are paid directly to the host institution.
    • Out-of-pocket expenses (airfare, meals, local transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student.
    • All federal and state financial aid apply during the semester abroad. Up to $12,500 of institutional financial aid (Pace scholarships/grants) applies to the semester abroad. (Portability of Pace institutional aid is limited to 2 semesters, and Pace tuition remission does not apply.)


ENSURE YOU ENROLL IN ENOUGH CREDITS DURING YOUR SEMESTER ABROAD!!
A minimum of 12 U.S. credits is required during a semester abroad.

IMPORTANT!
Due to the uncertainties related to COVID-19 and travel abroad, please remember that you should NOT purchase flights for your program (or make any non-refundable deposits connected with travel/study abroad) until told to do so by the Education Abroad office.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 10/15/2021 01/24/2022 05/08/2022