Annual Study Abroad Program in Panama

The Panama Program is back on for 2023!*

 *Since the program has been cancelled for three years, there are some updates to be made on this webpage. Please be sure to stay tuned for such updates. Check out this page to see some current info:

Panama Scholars 2020

Pictured: 2019 Panama Scholars with the President of Panama 

2022 Panama Application 

2018 Panama Program Video

Panama "Happy" Video

2023 Panama Program Brochure

Health Clearance Form

Study Abroad Demographic Form

The Latin American & 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, previous 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, Dr. Tricia Gray from the Department of Political Science will teach POLS 399: Central American Politics, and Professor Francisco Javier Bonilla-García will teachLALS 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 tentative program cost for the Program is $3500 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 (actual cost: $3700) and includes all of the above except airfare (a copy must be provided). 

 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. Manuel Medina, LALS Director 

Stevenson 306



Dr. Al Futrell, Chair

Department of Communication

Strickler Hall 309


Tricia Gray

Department of Political Science