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  • Locations: Panama City, Panama
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Miami University applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Course(s) Available In: Environmental Science, Latin American Studies, Zoology Program Type: Approved
Study Abroad Advisor: Erin Brandyberry, Kerry Strader, Kevin Fitzgerald, Paula Hudak, Ryan Dye
Program Description:
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SIT Study Abroad: Panama: Marine Ecology & Blue Carbon Conservation in the Pacific & Caribbean (Summer)

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Learn to measure blue carbon and marine biodiversity in the coral reefs, mangroves, wetlands, and seagrass beds of the tropical Pacific and the Caribbean.

Key Topics of Study

  • Examine the emerging field of blue carbon and its role in climate change.
  • Spend six weeks in the field, learning about coastal ecosystems and more.
  • Snorkel in one of the top 10 diving sites in the world while conducting research on coral reefs and seagrass beds.
  • Appreciate the vital role coastal ecosystems play in climate change mitigation.
  • Contribute to ongoing research by completing a two-week independent research project.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Key Topics of Study

  • Marine organism diversity across marine and coastal ecosystems
  • Wetland, mangrove, seagrass, and coral reef interdependence and functional diversity
  • The emerging field of blue carbon and its relevance and integral role in the context of climate change
  • Methods and methodology for measuring blue carbon and marine organism biodiversity
  • The role of wetland, mangrove, coral reef, and seagrass bed ecosystems in the carbon process, along with needs of and threats to each ecosystem

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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