Annual Study Abroad Program in Panama

The Panama Program is back on for 2024!*

Panama Scholars 2020

Pictured: 2019 Panama Scholars with the President of Panama 

19th Annual Study Abroad Program in Panama

May 5 - May 26

2018 Panama Program Video

Panama "Happy" Video

The program is sponsored by Latin American and Latino Studies, Department of Political Science, and Department of Communication. 

Useful Links:

Sign up or add your name to a contact list follow this link

For complete information on all of U of L Study Abroad programs, check out this link.

For the 19th Annual Study Abroad Program in Panama, Dr. Al Futrell, from the Department of Communication, will teach COMM

Items You MUST turn in ASAP 

  1. photocopy of your current passport
  2. health clearance form 
  3. NO immunizations or vaccinations are required for this trip, but we do recommend updating your flu and tetanus shots if you haven’t already.
  4. Apply for this trip at this link.

These can be dropped off at the main Department of Communication office located in 310 Strickler Hall. Just tell the student assistant at the front desk that you are leaving the documents for Katie Gibson. 

As U of L students you can use the student health services patient-care office at Campus Health Services:
215 Central Avenue, Ste. 110, Louisville, KY. 40208.

Travel Dates

May 6 to May 25


Wednesday March 1, 2024 from 3:00-4:30 in Strickler 107.

  • learn details about the program
  • ask questions
  • fill out travel forms
  • get information about the first two classes held May 1st and 2nd


  • Everyone takes Panamanian Culture Class (LALS 313 for undergraduate students, ML 551 for graduate students)
  • Everyone takes a second course:  Communication 350 or Political Science 333
  • Students are enrolled in classes at the beginning of March
  • Bursar’s Office bills everyone $3750 which must be paid in full prior to leaving for Panama.

Any questions about payments or enrollment, contact Al Futrell

Students who provide their own round-trip transportation get an $800 discount!
boat on beach

 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.


Any questions about payments or enrollment, contact Al Futrell