Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Cocle, Panama
- Terms: Summer
- Dates / Deadlines
|Click here for a definition of this term Program Features:||Faculty-Led Global Seminar||Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study:||Business/Intl Business|
|Click here for a definition of this term Additional Search Options:||GPA Access Abroad eligible, Takes place in Maymester||Click here for a definition of this term GPA at time of application:||2.5|
|Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing (at program start):||Sophomore||Click here for a definition of this term Program Prerequisite(s):||Previous coursework in business preferred|
|Click here for a definition of this term Housing:||Homestay||Click here for a definition of this term Open to students from:||CU Boulder|
|Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction:||English||Click here for a definition of this term Course Load for Summer/Winter Program:||3 credits|
|Click here for a definition of this term Length of Summer/Winter Program:||3 Weeks, May term||Click here for a definition of this term Estimated Total Costs:||$|
Learn about local social and environmental challenges and partner with community entrepreneurs
Tour the newly expanded Panama Canal and enjoy an overnight excursion to the San Blas Islands
Develop your Spanish language skills
The program begins in Panama City and then transitions to the Cocle Province. You will spend the majority of the program in the rural community of El Cocal. Panama is considered the fourth strongest economy in Latin America and one of the top 20 fastest growing economies in the world. However, strong economic performance has not translated into broadly shared prosperity, as Panama has the second worst income distribution in Central America after Haiti. Panama will allow you to learn about the potential for business solutions to address poverty and related social and environmental challenges.
You will become immersed in the culture through vetted homestays which will expedite your understanding of community culture, needs, and opportunities. All homestays will have electricity and running water. Meals are included during your homestay and the group will enjoy Welcome & Farewell meals together.
You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to and from Panama. Transportation on program-related field trips while in Panama is provided as part of the program fee.
You will earn three credits for CESR 4005, Business Solutions for the Developing World. As part of the class, you will work in student teams and partner with a local entrepreneur. Additionally, the class will meet regularly for additional course material, workshops, and de-briefings.
The program will begin with three preparatory classes held in Boulder in April. The purpose of these classes is to discuss the practical details of the trip and to provide an academic foundation and preliminary coursework for the trip.
Your grade will be based on the following:
The program runs during the last three weeks of May. There will be three to four preparatory classes held in Boulder in April.
Catherine Milburn will direct the program. She is a Senior Instructor in the Leeds School of Business in the Center on Education for Social Responsibility. She was born in Panama and has traveled and volunteered extensively throughout Central America. Ms. Milburn will choose program participants, lead a pre-program orientation, teach the course, and act as resident director in Panama.
See Professor Milburn's Faculty Spotlight.
You will experience daily cultural activities during your immersion in the El Cocal community. You will also experience Panama City and the Panama Canal via guided tours and will have the opportunity to enjoy an overnight excursion to the San Blas Islands.
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Grants: (up to $2,400/project) for undergraduate research or creative work projects including projects while studying abroad. Application, detailed descriptions, project archive (to get project ideas) are available on the UROP website. Application deadline is EARLY - usually in late February/early March.
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