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

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Explore rain forests, coral reefs, highland canopies, and coastal mangroves as you study tropical conservation and ecology.Panama has some of the world’s most biodiverse and complex ecosystems, from highland cloud forests to Caribbean coral reefs.... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.9
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February 18, 2024 Incredible Adventure!
I learned so much about so many different environments and communities - School for International Training View Entire Review
February 01, 2024 Good Bang For The Buck
It was very worthwhile. I gained new perspectives and experienced many new unique things and environments. - Georgetown University View Entire Review
I had an incredible semester seeing some of the most amazing things and places that I've ever seen all while learning about ecology and conservation. It really was amazing and I would do it again in a heartbeat. The travel aspect of this program was what made it so amazing, since trips to some of the best parts of Panama were pl... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained a reaffirmation that traveling and sharing unique experiences with amazing people will always be something I pursue. I gained patience during chaotic times and when not everything was working out perfectly. I gained a ton a amazing friends that I will keep in touch with for the rest of my life. - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
August 01, 2022 No Bad Days
I felt like I learned more about myself in the 3 months I was in Panama than in the 3 years before. This program gave me a chance to push myself, try new things, and work on things I love. - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
February 04, 2022 A Semester Of Growth!
My experience in Panama was one that I will never forget. After the program I feel a lot more confident in my knowledge of tropical and marine ecology and in my conversational Spanish skills. I really loved how much the program challenged my world view, encouraged me to recognize my privilege as a visitor to the country, and hel... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned so much about field work and ecological research while on this trip. I learned how to create and execute my own research project and live by myself in a foreign country, which was an invaluable experience. - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself, how to perform scientific research, and so much Spanish. I have zero regrets about going. - Davidson College View Entire Review
I learned a lot on this program, especially things beyond the classroom such as how to live in the moment. It was extremely worthwhile and I could not recommend this program more. - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
Past Review Great Experience
I learned a lot about myself as well as how healthy it is to be outside of a stressful academic environment. It was an educational experience inside and outside of the classroom. - Barnard College View Entire Review
Learning about all kinds of ecosystems, animals, and environmental regulations helped me bring home sustainable practices. I also learned so much about myself and what I want to do in the future. - Sewanee: The University of the South View Entire Review
This program is unlike any other traditional study abroad experience. I gained so much field experience, was able to learn about both the environmental and human aspects of conservation in so many different ways, and got to stay in so many different and interesting areas of Panama. This is nothing like a tourist vacation or a tr... - University of Virginia View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. Before I was hesitant, but now I know that I really want to work in the field of conservation. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Panama - Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation
With SIT Panama, I grew in every imaginable way! Most notably, I have so much more confidence in my capabilities as a student, and as a thinker. Being a student is hard! I am more driven than ever to put myself into the work I am doing, and the work I will do after I graduate. My classmates and the people I was surrounded by whi... - University of North Carolina - Asheville View Entire Review
My experience with SIT Panama exceeded my wildest expectations. I was drawn to the program as a hands-on learner passionate about environmental issues, but I could not have expected the level of immersion, cultural & natural beauty, and generally incredible experiences that I was exposed to. This program gave me a much more nuan... - University of Richmond View Entire Review
I grew infinitely more confident in my abilities as a person from the obstacles and challenges of this program. The program gives students freedom and choice that requires one to really step up and make their own choices. It means that this program is what you make of it in the best way possible. - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
I feel more aware of my place in the world and secure in my own competence and capabilities academically, socially, and professionally - Sewanee: The University of the South View Entire Review
I learned so much about ecology and conservation in many different tropical ecosystems. I gained experience designing and implementing my own research project. This program was 100% worthwhile, and an amazing experience for people interested in conservation, tropical ecology, or who just love the outdoors. - Tulane University View Entire Review
This was absolutely a worthwhile program. I can't think of a better example of experiential learning or learning outside the classroom. I also had the opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. - Lafayette College View Entire Review
January 04, 2022 A Memorable Experience
I learned about another country and improved my skills as a researcher. It was 110% worth it. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned an incredible amount about the intersection between humanity and the environment, the way that relationship plays out in society and politics, and how we can act within those dynamics. It was definitely worthwhile. - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo View Entire Review
I gained far more than I ever could have hoped for or anticipated. I feel much more confident in myself as a person navigating the world, I learned invaluable field research techniques, and I learned and experienced ways of life completely foreign from anything I ever knew. - Davidson College View Entire Review
This program helped me figure out my academic and career interests. It was such a valuable learning experience, both academically and personally. The Independent Study Project process was extremely valuable as well. - Tulane University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Panama - Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation
I learned so much about tropical and human ecology. I also improved my research skills and grew a lot during the independent study project. It was incredibly worthwhile. - Scripps College View Entire Review
I learned so much about Latin culture and what its like to travel for a long period of time. - Brandeis University View Entire Review

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

Panama has some of the world’s most biodiverse and complex ecosystems, from highland cloud forests to Caribbean coral reefs. You will conduct seven weeks of field studies in five unique settings in Panama and Costa Rica. Learn how to estimate forest biodiversity, evaluate coral reef health, calculate mangrove carbon, identify tropical fish species, and quantify neotropical mammal abundance among other skills.


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.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Agriculture
  • Natural Resources, Conservation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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SIT Study Abroad is committed to increasing access to international education and to ensuring you have the information you need to successfully access funding for your study abroad program with us. SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. We encourage all qualified students to apply for our need-based scholarships. SIT scholarships are not available for online courses or virtual internships. Your scholarship application is created when you select your interest in SIT need-based scholarships when asked in the drop-down section of your SIT Study Abroad program application. Your application is then reviewed separately, on a rolling basis, when complete. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

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April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

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