UMW in Panama
February 25 – March 5
Spring Break 2023
Register for this program by October 16, 2022. Registration is not confirmed until your deposit has been received.
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$500 deposit due upon registration.
International travel may require immunizations or preventative medicines. Please refer to the US Center for Disease Control’s Traveler’s Health Information Page for recommendations. The UMW Health Center provides free travel consultations by appointment, as well as travel information for UMW students. The Center for International Education recommends that each student have a personalized medical consultation prior to international travel.
This program includes moderate hiking through uneven terrain and travel by boat.
|Spend your spring break in Panama, guided by Dr. Alan Griffith and Dr. Abbie Tomba. Explore multiple national parks as you learn about the diverse ecosystems of Panama.
Students will stay in bunk rooms in the Soberiana Lodge, nestled in the buffer zone of the Soberiana National Park and surrounded by local wildlife. Air conditioning and private bathrooms are provided.
This study abroad program is part of BIOL 424, Tropical Ecology, which will meet three times weekly throughout the spring 2023 semester. Students will earn 4 course credits. As a part of this course, students will:
This course satisfies the Beyond the Classroom general education requirement with completion of a reflective essay. Alternately, the course may satisfy the Diverse and Global Perspectives requirement by contract with the Faculty Director only.
Requirements & Prerequisites
Introduction to Ecology and Evolution (BIOL 210) is a prerequisite course for Tropical Ecology (BIOL 424). Students must earn a C- or better in BIOL 210 to participate. Students must also maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to participate. This program is open to all UMW students who have completed the prerequisite course, regardless of major or year of study.
Faculty-Led Program Scholarships are available to UMW students (deadlines apply).
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