Annual Study Abroad Program in Panama

The 2022 Panama Program has been CANCELLED. Please check back with us next year!


Panama Scholars 2020

Pictured: 2019 Panama Scholars with the President of Panama 

2022 Panama Application 

2018 Panama Program Video

Panama "Happy" Video

2022 Panama Program Brochure

2022 Panama Program Summary Sheet

Health 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 321: Spanish Conversation, Dr. Tricia Gray from the Department of Political Science will teach POLS 399: Central American Politics, 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 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. 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


Tricia Gray

Department of Political Science