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Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies in Panama

  • City: Isla Colón, Bocas del Toro Archipelago
  • Term: Fall, Winter
  • Instruction in: English
  • Requirements: Semester: One college-level Ecology, Biology, or Environmental Studies/Science course
  • Students interested in: Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences; EEB, Environment, Oceanography, Sustainability

Semester: In this 15-week program, students will explore and learn about thriving underwater and rainforest ecosystems while studying the impact of tourism and development on the Caribbean island’s unique habitats. They will evaluate local environmental policies and apply the principles of sustainability and conservation to a research project. Students can take up to 18 credits in courses such as Language, Culture, and Society of Panama; Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values; Principles of Resource Management, Tropical Coastal Ecology, and Directed Research.

Note that swimming is a central part of the program. Students with minimal experience in swimming should contact the program admissions team. Frequent boat travel is a main part of the program as well and seasickness may occur.