Annual Study Abroad Program in Panama

18th Annual Study Abroad Program in Panama

May 4-24, 2020

(Classes on Belknap campus on April 29 and 30; travel to Panama on May 4)

All application materials should be submitted to the Administrative Assistant for the Study Abroad Program in Panama, Karen Battoe, in Strickler Hall 310.

Contact information: 502-852-6976;

Group of Panama Scholar students.

2018 Panama Program Video

Panama "Happy" Video

2020 Panama Program Brochure

2020 Panama Program Summary Sheet

Heath Clearance Form

Study Abroad Demographic Form

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the Department of Communication at the University of Louisville offer an Annual Study Abroad Program in Panama, during the month of May, which is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences. The program was initiated in May 2003 by Dr. Rhonda Buchanan, Director of Latin American and Latino Studies. For the 18th Annual Study Abroad Program in Panama, Dr. Al Futrell, chair of the Department of Communication, will teach COMM 350/690: Intercultural Communication, Professor Berta Calvert from the Department of Classical and Modern Languages will teach SPAN 323: Spanish for the Workplace, and Professor Francisco Javier Bonilla-García will teach LALS 313/ML 551: Panamanian Culture (required of all students). All classes are taught at the Quality Leadership University in Panama City, Panama.

boat on beachThe total program cost for the 2019 Program is $3500 if paid by March 2, 2020 for Plan A (actual cost: $4500) and includes: 6 credit hours of tuition, round-trip airfare to Panama, all ground transportation expenses for excursions and transportation to and from the airport in Panama, lodging at a hotel in Panama City, and organized excursions. Plan B is $2700 if paid by March 2, 2020 (actual cost: $3700) and includes all of the above except airfare (tickets must be purchased by March 2, 2020; a copy must be provided). A multiple payment plan is offered by the Bursar’s Office. Payments are due the 1st of February, March, and April 2020.

 Some of the special features of the program include: visits to the Panama Canal, El Casco Viejo and the Presidential Palace in the colonial part of the city, Portobelo, Isla Grande, the Emberá Indigenous Community in the Gamboa Rainforest, Aldeas Infantiles SOS Orphanage, and a trip to Bocas del Toro and Boquete, near the Costa Rican border. All students will receive a Panama Scholar Award. Communications majors and graduate students will receive a Communications Award. Other scholarships are available.


Your application must be accompanied by copies of all transcripts for academic credits completed or attempted beyond secondary level. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Official transcripts may be obtained at the Office of the Registrar.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Rhonda Buchanan, LALS Director 

Stevenson 306



Dr. Al Futrell, Chair

Department of Communication

Strickler Hall 309



Berta Calvert, On-Site Program Coordinator

Department of Classical and Modern Languages

Bingham Humanities 329F