May 5, 1:00 pm

Republic of Panama

Participate in U of L's oldest study abroad program and pick up 6 credit hours in 3 weeks.

(Below) U of L students hanging out at the Panama Canal

Republic of Panama

Panama Scholars 2020

2019 Panama Scholars with the President of Panama

Sarika Polcum Video of 2018 Trip

Annual Study Abroad Program in Panama

May 5 - May 24, 2025

Useful Links:

Sign up or add your name to a contact list follow this link

For complete information on all of U of L Study Abroad programs, check out this link.

Items You MUST turn in ASAP

  1. photocopy of your current passport
  2. health clearance form
  3. NO immunizations or vaccinations are required for this trip, but we do recommend updating your flu and tetanus shots if you haven’t already.
  4. Apply for this trip at this link.

These can be dropped off at the main Department of Communication office located in 310 Strickler Hall. Just tell the student assistant at the front desk that you are leaving the documents for Katie Gibson.

As U of L students you can use the student health services patient-care office at Campus Health Services:
215 Central Avenue, Ste. 110, Louisville, KY. 40208.

Travel Dates

May 5 to May 24


Wednesday March 1, 2025 from 3:00-4:30 in Strickler 107.

  • learn details about the program
  • ask questions
  • fill out travel forms
  • get information about the first two classes held April 28 & 29


  • Everyone takes Panamanian Culture Class (LALS 313 for undergraduate students, ML 551 for graduate students)
  • Everyone takes a second course in Communication or Political Science
  • Students are enrolled in classes at the beginning of March
  • Bursar’s Office bills everyone $3750 which must be paid in full prior to leaving for Panama.

Any questions about payments or enrollment, contact Al Futrell

Students who provide their own round-trip transportation get an $600 discount!


Panama City
Panama City, Panama -- View from Torres de Alba, our hotel

Some of the special features of the program include the following excursions:

  • Panama Canal
  • El Casco Viejo
  • Presidential Palace
  • Portobelo
  • Isla Grande
  • Emberá Indigenous Community
  • Gamboa Rainforest
  • Aldeas Infantiles SOS Orphanage
  • Bocas del Toro
  • Boquete



Any questions about payments or enrollment, contact Al Futrell