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  • Locations: Panama City, Panama
  • Program Terms: Spring Break, Winter Break-Fall
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2021 10/15/2020 10/20/2020 03/07/2021 03/13/2021
NOTE: Early application deadline: Oct. 15; Standard application deadline: Nov. 15.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
College/School: Terry Academic Area: Business Administration, International Business
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75 or above
Minimum number of credit hours: 3 Maximum number of credit hours: 3
Housing Type: Hotel/Hostel
Program Description:

Panama City

UGA- Terry- Business in Panama

This spring break study abroad program examines the economic and market environment for doing business in Panama as well as the importance of the Panama Canal to global supply chain. Based in Panama City, students will visit companies and public/non-profit organizations, tour canal operations and the Free Trade Zone, and explore the area's biodiverse landscape. Additionally, students will discover the culture and cuisine, history, and politics that shape the business climate in Panama. 

Program Locations:

Panama City (home base), with excursion to Colon Free Trade Zone.

Course credit:

Faculty instructor MATT ROESSING, LEGAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT. Academic content is delivered in Athens through several pre-departure meetings, as well as in the experiential learning activities abroad. Students will enroll in one course for 3 credits (INTB 5100). This course satisfies an upper-division general elective for business majors, and may satisfy additional requirements for IB co-majors. The academic program also fulfills UGA experiential learning requirement. 

INTB 5100 Special Topics in International Business (3 credits) - US Trade Relations
Prerequisite: none

Program Itinerary:

This is an initial itinerary and subject to change.

TBA-January, Meet the group / reception (BLC, room TBA)
TBA-February, Orientation (BLC, room TBA)
TBA-February, Class meeting 1  (BLC, room TBA)
TBA-February, Class meeting 2 (BLC, room TBA)
March 6 Depart USA, Local orientation, welcome dinner
March 7 Presentation "Why Panama," city tour
March 8 AM/PM academic visits
March 9 AM/PM academic visits
March 10 AM/PM academic visits 
March 11 Class meeting & debrief session
March 12 Excursion, farewell meal 
March 13 Return to USA 

Basic Accommodations:

Double-occupancy, hotel accommodations. The program includes daily breakfast at the hotel and some additional group meals (per itinerary). The program includes ground transportation to all program activities. Includes all program meetings, visits, and tours/excursions.

Program Costs:

See estimated "Cost of Attendance" link at the top of the brochure page. 

​Speak with a UGA Financial Aid Advisor about how to apply the HOPE scholarship and other financial aid to study abroad expenses. Additionally, explore travel scholarships provided by the Terry College and the UGA Office of Global Engagement.

Eligibility:

  • Open to all business majors and intended business majors, age 18 & older, who have completed at least one year of college in residence.
  • Satisfactory academic and disciplinary records.
    • Only applicants with a GPA of 2.75 or higher will be considered.
  • Preferred qualifications: faculty/advisor/employer recommendations, leadership/service experience, interest in the course and/or destinations.
  • Enrollment is limited (a minimum enrollment count must be met to confirm program).

Admission Process:

Begin an application on the studyaway.uga.edu portal. Only applications with 100% complete pre-decision materials by the deadline will be considered. Admission decisions will be sent via the studyaway.uga.edu application portal to your UGAMail account. Admitted students will have a limited time to commit (or withdraw/decline) and pay a non-refundable $300 deposit. Once the program is full, eligible applicants will be waitlisted. Students are encouraged to apply to more than one program (use ranking tool) to improve their chances of study abroad.

 



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Program Reviews:
Spring Break 2019 Participant
I think we were provided with more than enough information before the trip began. I felt well informed of the country, traditions, culture, and other differences.

Spring Break 2018 Participant
Great balance of free time and work. The program made sure we were learning while at the same time having fun and exploring the country.

Richard Jamal Walker, Spring Break 2019 Participant
"It is such a diverse country with a rich history, booming business hub, and some of the best food I have ever had. This was hands down the best trip I've ever taken"

Testimonial:
Testimonial:
Be prepared to work hard!
     — Jack Wall, Spring Break 2019
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