Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Chicá, Panama; City of Knowledge, Panama
- Program Terms: Spring Break
- Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
Kevin Orner, the program leader, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama from 2009-2011. He was part of the USF Civil & Environmental Engineering Master's International program, which incorporates one year of graduate study with two years of Peace Corps service. Kevin is fluent in Spanish and quite familiar with the country.
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Spring Break 2017: $2,500.00
Honors Travel Scholarships are available to students with good academic standing within the Honors College.
USF Honors College students in good academic standing.
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Please click here for further details regarding payment.
Airfare is included in the Program Cost and it is arranged by the Education Abroad Office.
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
Please click here for more detailed information.
Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.
Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.
While no country is free from the threat of terrorist attack, no such incidents have recently been reported in Argentina. Argentine traffic accidents remain the main source of injury and death for tourists, so caution is advised when crossing roads and highways.
As in any city, students in Panama City should be aware of their surroundings and their belongings, and should not draw particular attention to themselves -- tourists in any area are easy targets. Excessive drinking is the leading cause of life-threatening instances and emergencies abroad. As the US State Department site warns, a large number of crimes take place in and around drinking establishments in Panama.
A common scam is to spray mustard or a similar substance on the tourist from a distance. A pickpocket will then approach the tourist offering to help clean the stain, and while doing so, he or an accomplice robs the victim. Thieves regularly nab unattended purses, backpacks, laptops, and luggage, and criminals will often distract visitors for a few seconds to steal valuables. While most American victims are not physically injured when robbed, criminals are known to use force when they encounter resistance. Visitors are advised to immediately hand over all cash and valuables if confronted. Thieves may target visitors wearing expensive watches or jewelry, or carrying laptop computer cases.
Preparing for your trip: http://studentsabroad.state.gov/html-site/StudentAbroadHome.html
To gain a different perspective on safety, you may want to visit other countries' foreign travel websites. As a point of comparison, we encourage you to see what these sites say about safety in U.S. cities:
Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/menu-eng.asp#C
Health and Fitness Requirements:
The majority of USF's study abroad programs involve a great deal of walking, and in some cases hiking and trekking. The USF in Panama program is a largely resident-based program. Nevertheless, students will be required to climb stairs, and walk a great deal, even if taking public transportation. If you have any concerns regarding your health (mental or physical), please consult your doctor and the staff of Education Abroad prior to the program!
The public health system in Panama provides emergency and non-emergency services free of charge to all, regardless of nationality or immigration status. However, the quality of non-emergency care in public hospitals is generally below U.S. standards. Medical care in private hospitals in Panama City is generally good, but varies in quality outside the capital. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization in private facilities and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost thousands of dollars or more. Private physicians, clinics, and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.
Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC's Internet site at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website at http://www.who.int/en. Further health information for travelers is available at http://www.who.int/ith.
Hillsborough County Health Department Travel Clinic Website: http://www.hillscountyhealth.org/new_website/immunizations.htm
Students should review carefully the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.
With questions regarding the program's academics:
Phone: (813) 974-4215
Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:
Nancy Di Bella
Education Abroad Office, International Affairs (loc. CGS 101)
University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Ave., CGS 101
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550
Phone: (813) 974-4314 | Fax: (813) 974-4613