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SIT Study Abroad Panama: Marine Ecology & Blue Carbon Conservation in the Pacific & Caribbean (Summer)
Panama, Panama (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Provider:
SIT - School for International Training
Program Term(s):
Summer
Minimum Class Standing:
Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
2.50
Prerequisites:
Yes
Previous Language Study Req?:
No
Language of Instruction:
English
Language courses offered:
None
Housing Options:
Guest House, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
Areas of Study:
Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Marine Science
Additional Program Options:
Field Study, Research Project
Program Description:
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SIT Study Abroad: Panama: Marine Ecology & Blue Carbon Conservation in the Pacific & Caribbean (Summer)

Major Topics of StudyPanama

  • Marine organism diversity across marine and coastal ecosystems
  • Wetland, mangrove, seagrass, and reef interdependence and functional diversity
  • The emerging field of blue carbon, 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 and threats to each ecosystem
  • Field research project on a topic relevant to marine diversity and blue carbon

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

Program Structure

There is no "typical day"on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The summer progresses in phases:

  • Summer programs last for six or seven weeks. Much of that time is spent in the field, with visits to sites relevant to the program theme.
  • Throughout the summer students participate in:
    • thematic seminars and educational excursions
    • language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills, and
    • one to two homestays, typically.
  • On some programs, students complete a practicum or research project.
  • At the end of each program, students participate in debriefing and reentry sessions.

What Makes SIT Unique

  • SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
  • Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35). 
  • On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining. 
  • While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.

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 $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $3,000.  
  • 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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For Gustavus Adolphus students: SIT uses US semester credits. Each GAC unit = 4 US semester credits. Thus, most SIT courses, which are worth 3 US semester credits each, are worth 0.75 GAC units. Be sure to discuss the irregular unit totals with your advisors as you select courses.

Not available in summer 2018 due to overlap with the Gustavus spring semester.

 
This program is currently not accepting applications.