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  • Locations: Panama City, Panama
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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We are not currently accepting applications for this program.
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.8
Fields of Study: Anthropology, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geography, Independent Study, Latin American Studies, Marine Science, Science, Sociology, Spanish TCU Administered Program?: No
Program Description:

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Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation

Explore rain forests, coral reefs, highland canopies, and coastal mangroves as you study tropical conservation and ecology in one of the world’s most ecologically diverse countries.

Program 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 and visit world-renowned research institutions, including the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and EARTH University.
  • Hike the highland ecosystems and lowland rain forests while living in local communities.
  • Conduct extensive fieldwork in mangrove forests, threatened seagrass beds, and pristine coral reefs.
  • Live in Panama’s vibrant capital and largest city.
  • Conduct four weeks of independent, original field research on a topic of your choice. 

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

Independent Study

During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new language and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you. Typically, research projects are conducted in cloud forest highlands, coral reefs, lowland forests, mangroves, rural villages, indigenous communities, or other places appropriate to the topic.

Samples topics:

  • Rain forest dynamics
  • Tropical forest diversity
  • Regeneration of canopy emergents in primary forests
  • Mammal conservation
  • Sustainable fisheries
  • Coral reef organisms
  • Mangrove health

Key Topics of Study

  • Tropical forest dynamics
  • Neotropical mammal and amphibian ecology, coral reef organisms, and avian diversity
  • Marine and coastal ecosystem connectivity
  • Ecological field research methods and methodology
  • Carbon, climate change, and resource use, including indigenous resource use
  • Contemporary socio-environmental issues shaping the tropics
  • Explore controversial conservation topics including hydroelectric dams, sustainable agriculture, indigenous resource use, protected areas, environmental services, and ecotourism.

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.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • 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.

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TCU Approved Programs

Credits

Credit returns as TCU credit that applies towards the TCU GPA and counts towards a student’s major, minor, core, or elective credit hours. As part of their application, students must have their courses pre-approved on the TCU Credit Approval Form.

Students can typically find classes to satisfy major and minor elective credits; general electives; upper-division hours; and much of the TCU Core Curriculum, including FAR, HUM, SSC, HT, LT and RT. Semester students can also earn CA. It is harder to satisfy specific equivalencies for the major or minor and difficult to find NSC, MTH, OCO, and WCO. Students cannot receive CSV, GA, and WEM on these programs.
 
While abroad, students remain currently-enrolled, degree seeking students at TCU. Semester students enroll full-time in 12 – 18 credits. Summer students typically enroll in 3 or 6 credit hours.

Costs

TCU bills tuition and program fees for all TCU-Approved Programs to the TCU Student Account. However, students may need to pay CIEE, IES, or SIT directly for other incidental charges such as housing deposits, confirmation fees, textbooks or optional field trips.
 
  1. Non-Refundable Enrollment Fee: Variable. Paid directly to CIEE, IES, or SIT to reserve your space in the program.
  2. TCU Tuition: Semester students pay TCU block tuition. Summer students pay TCU tuition per credit hour. For current tuition rates, visit Costs & Refunds.
  3. Program Fee: Includes CIEE, IES, or SIT housing and insurance fees. It may or may not include meals or other items. Consult the program-specific on the CIEE, IES, or SIT website for program fee breakdowns and exact fees.
  4. Additional Expenses: For airfare, visa fees, meals, books, personal spending money and other outside expenses not included in the program fee. Individual budgets are highly variable.

How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements  

  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at TCU
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA for semester programs, although some programs require higher GPAs
  • At least two semesters at TCU by the start of the program
  • Any additional requirements listed on the CIEE, IES, or SIT websites

Application Steps

  1. Click the "Complete Forms" button above to begin your Global TCU application. To continue working on an existing application, log onto www.global.tcu.edu and select the program from the homepage.
  2. Complete the Program-Specific Application found on the CIEE, IES or SIT website.
  3. Submit the Credit Approval Form to Reed 214. You can find the form on our How to Apply page.



This program is currently not accepting applications.