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  • Locations: City of Knowledge, Panama
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Courses Offered
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:


Program Overview

This Principles of Management Project will take place in two countries. The students will begin the experience in Panama. At this stage the students will be required to complete classroom work as well as participate in field visits in the host country. Through this combination, students will be able to see the similarities and differences in how management is understood and executed between the United States and Panama. This portion of the program will last one week. 

Panama’s location and canal make it not only an important hub for maritime and air transport, but it has become an important location for international trade and banking. This is coupled with an economy that relies heavily on the service industry for its survival creates a rich environment for students to see and experience a variety of facets of business. 

Once the students have returned to the United States, there will be required to complete a online readings, assignments and assessments to further their knowledge base of the field of management. This portion of the course will be self-paced with a maximum time for completion of three weeks. 

The objectives of this program are to:

  • Provide foundational information about the role of management.
  • Provide students an awareness of their own management style and skill level.
  • Introduce students to some of the basic tools needed to be an effective manager.
  • Introduce students to a broad range of management topics such as ethics, diversity and social responsibility. 
  • Provide students with an experience that highlights the impact culture can have on management. 

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Panama City, Panama: Centered between the vibrant activity of two oceans and the varied landscapes of two continents, Panama’s rich ecological and cultural diversity and bustling, modern capital city add up to a nearby destination with enormous allure. Known primarily for its world-class wonder of waterway engineering, Panama City is much more than just a place to watch the ships pass through the engineering marvel of the Panama Canal. The capital serves as a hub for international banking and commerce, boasting a dense skyline of high-rise buildings, including the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower and the spiral-shaped Revolution Tower. Amidst these very modern architectural points of interest can be found evidence of Panama’s rich colonial history. Panamá La Vieja, the ruins of the original Spanish settlement sacked by Captain Henry Morgan, and Casco Viejo, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, are not to be missed. Casco Viejo, in particular, forms an architectural treat of crumbling and restored Spanish colonial houses in faded pastels with wrought iron, flower-filled balconies and a fine selection of art deco buildings. Standing as a visual reminder of the U.S. occupation of the Canal Zone, the former US military base has now been transformed into la Ciudad del Saber (City of Knowledge), an international complex for education, research, and innovation. Outside the city limits, a short canoe trip offers an opportunity to experience the cultural traditions of local indigenous groups such as the Emberá, while a scenic train ride brings you to the Caribbean sea port of Colón, the northern gateway of the Panama Canal.

This course is offered in Panama to expose students to what can be considered the crossroads to commerce for the Americas. It is a throughway that once enhanced through the current $5.5 billion expansion project may well alter the distribution of goods between the Atlantic and Pacific ports of North America. 

The aim of the basic principles of management course offered at USF is to introduce students to the fundamentals of managing individual people, organizations and oneself. This enhanced version of the course introduces the international component that exposes students to the logistical and financial realities of conducting business in a globalized society. 

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Host Institution

USF International Health Foundation in Panama offers an outstanding educational and cultural experience for students. Since 2006, it has hosted hundreds of students, faculty and researchers participating in study abroad, research, field studies, service projects, certificate courses, conferences and workshops in the City of Knowledge.

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Academic Program and Course Information

The course offered on the program:

MAN 3025  Principles of Management (3 credits)
MAN 6601  International Management (3 credits)

Credit Type
Students enrolled in this program will be enrolled in direct USF credit.

How to complete the REQUIRED Course Approval Form:

  1. Download the required Course Approval Form: CAF Principles in Management Panama 201805
  2. Select your course(s) on the form,
  3. Get your academic advisor’s signature, and
  4. Upload your completed form to the Course Approval Form Questionnaire

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K Doreen MacAulay is an instructor in the Department of Information Systems Decision Sciences, teaching organizational behavior analysis and strategic management.

Her research focuses on the areas of organizational change and history. MacAulay holds a PhD in management from St. Mary's University in Nova Scotia, an MBA from the University of New Brunswick, and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.

MacAulay has teaching experience at St. Mary's University and the University of New Brunswick, where she was also the director of undergraduate studies. MacAulay has served on the USF Muma College of Business case competition committees since 2011 and is a member of the Academy of Management Association and the Southern Academy of Management Association. She has also served as a reviewer for several conferences and journals.


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Program Costs

Total Program Cost: $1,449 + tuition

 MUMA Scholarship of 
$750 to the first 10 applicants to COMMIT to this program

Included Program Features:

  • All lodging
  • Welcome dinner and Closing dinner
  • All instruction
  • Excursions
  • In-country transportation
  • Accompaniment of USF Faculty
  • Emergency Health and Evacuation Insurance
Note: Program cost  is added to your account when you commit to the program. Tuition will show up separately on OASIS  in April once you are registered in the course. 

 Not Included in Program:

  • tuition
  • airfare
  • meals
  • personal expenses
  • passport or visa fees

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Living Arrangements

Students will be staying in the modern dorm-style lodging at the City Of Knowledge.

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Who Can Participate?

Students in good academic standing (GPA 2.5)  majoring in MUMA College of Business, Engineering, or Health Sciences.

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There


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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

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.

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Safety & Health

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.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

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Special Terms

Students should carefully review 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.

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Contacts for More Information

Dr. K. Doreen MacAulay
Department of Information Systems Decision Sciences
Phone: (813) 974-4354

Nancy Di Bella
Program Coordinator for Education Abroad
Office: CGS101
Phone: (813) 974-1969


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This program is currently not accepting applications.