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

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Be immersed in rain forests, coral reefs, highland canopies, and coastal mangroves. Explore critical issues affecting tropical conservation and ecology and engage in seven weeks of field study in one of the world's most ecologically diverse countr... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.7
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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
January 06, 2020 Adventure Of A Lifetime
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
February 05, 2019 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
Learned a lot, both academically and otherwise. In terms of our education, we learnt a ton of research methods and got to practice them, we learnt how to go about writing a research proposal/paper, we learnt a great deal about the social/environmental issues in Panama, we learnt many theoretical things as well like the classific... - Miami 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 ecosystems, Panamanian culture, Spanish, and how to function as a foreigner. I gained a more easygoing nature, an appreciation for what our world has and how much is at stake, and 12 lifelong friends. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
Past Review Life Changing
I learned so much about environmental studies topics, biology, Spanish and human ecology. I was able to learn about issues facing the tropics and the world, as well as the local culture, local issues, and conservation tactics. I learned field study methods and ethnographic research methods. I also learned a lot about myself and ... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned many environmental research methods, made some great friends, and learned about my own independence and capability for traveling. - Washington University in Saint Louis View Entire Review
The experience was absolutely worthwhile! I gained so much perspective and grew academically as well as personally. This program made me much more independent and also exposed me to so many aspects of environmental science and policy that I could never experience first-hand at home. - Washington University in Saint Louis View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself while studying in Panama. I became more confidant and open to trying new experiences. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to study abroad and would definitely go back. - Kenyon College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, & Biodiversity Conservation
Past Review Panamazing!
I learned a lot about myself and self-directed learning, which I consider 2 super-important life concepts. I learned about Caribbean culture in Panama, how to comfortably talk to strangers when small-talk is appropriate, and met awesome environmental students from across the country with whom I shared fun, funny, and even sad ti... - Brandeis University 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
February 06, 2018 Memorable Experience
I learned so much about Latin culture and what its like to travel for a long period of time. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
August 02, 2017 Amazing Sights
I gained new teamwork skills and the ability to communicate with people in another language. YES, definitely worthwhile. - Stonehill College View Entire Review
I gained a lot of independence, learned a lot about myself, and developed the confidence to travel and jump into unfamiliar experiences. - Rice University View Entire Review
I learned field research skills, a lot about biodiversity in the tropics, how to design and implement my own research, how to live on my own in another country and so many other things. It is SO worth it. - Gettysburg College View Entire Review
Experiencing a new culture, learning about environmental issues in the field rather than from a book in the classroom, meeting new people through the program, expanding my Spanish skills. Definitely all worth it. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Do This
It was absolutely worthwhile. I made friends who have become really important parts of my life and have inspired me and helped me find pieces of myself that I had lost. I learned so much about tropical ecology, conservation, and culture, but also learned a lot about myself. - University of Massachusetts Amherst / UMass View Entire Review
This program allows you to meet a lot of people and communities that you wouldn't otherwise. I meet so many inspiring people that taught me so much about myself and about Panamanian culture. Completely worthwhile experience and I can't wait to go back. - Wesleyan University View Entire Review
I learned more about my self than I would have in years back at home. It was absolutely worth it and I would do it all over again - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review

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Be immersed in rain forests, coral reefs, highland canopies, and coastal mangroves. Explore critical issues affecting tropical conservation and ecology and engage in seven weeks of field study in one of the world's most ecologically diverse countries.

This program will provide you with an immersive opportunity to study in one of the most biodiverse and complex ecosystems in the world. You will learn about tropical forest ecology; marine and coastal ecology; mammal, bird, and amphibian ecology; ecological field research methods; indigenous resource use; and the human-natural resource interface. You will travel for seven weeks of field study in Panama and Costa Rica and visit world-renowned research institutions, including the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and EARTH University.

Major topics of study include:

- 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

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards at this time. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school. We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; eligible students will be evaluated for all funds for which they are eligible. Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your home school. If your home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is your responsibility to communicate with your home school as to how your SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to you by your home school. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs – extended to June 1 for summer 2020 May 15 for fall programs — extended to June 1 for fall 2020 November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application. After ticking the scholarship box in the program application, please complete the following steps: Provide us with the name and email address of a financial aid officer at your home school. Electronically sign and date the FERPA release included as part of the application process. The financial aid officer at your school will be emailed a link to a secure web form where s/he will provide information about your financial aid at your home school

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