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  • Locations: Bocas del Toro, Panama
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.8
Housing Option: Dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Environment and Natural Resources, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Human Dimensions of Environment, International Studies, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Third Party Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Credit Evaluation Required Click here for a definition of this term Program Features: Research
Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Rebecca McMunn
Program Description:

SFS PANAMA: TROPICAL ISLAND BIODIVERSITY STUDIES (SEMESTER)

sfs panama


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

Bocas del Toro, Panama is home to a stunning diversity of life, from underwater reef ecosystems to rich green rainforests, and the culture of Bocas is as unique as its environments. Go behind the scenes in this “paradise” and study the impacts of tourism and development on the archipelago. Take a look at local and national environmental policies, explore the island ecosystems, and interview residents as part of an in-depth field research project on sustainability issues.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Snorkel in the waters of the archipelago to explore coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds as you study sea stars, turtles, rays, dolphins, and schools of tropical fish.
  • Visit the Pacific coast and the mountains of Boquete: Explore the Gulf of Chiriquí National Marine Park, take a canopy walk through cloud forest, and tour a sustainable coffee farm.
  • Spend a day in Ngäbe communities: Speak with local Indigenous leaders, visit a women’s co-op, and take a forest walk with a local guide.

SFS students live and study at the Center for Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies, once a beachfront hotel that sits among the slender palms and warm sands of Isla Colón lies the Center. You’ll take your classes over the waves of the Caribbean and among the surrounding rainforests and reefs. The laidback tourist hub of Bocas Town is a short taxi ride away, with access to shops, restaurants, and a vibrant culture that is as unique as the mix of people who live here.

RESEARCH THEMES

  • Climate change impacts
  • Marine protected areas
  • Rainforest biodiversity
  • Tourism impacts
  • Ecosystem health
  • Community livelihoods and perceptions
 

CORE SKILLS

  • Species identification
  • Underwater transects and quadrats
  • Tourism impact assessment
  • Scientific writing and communication
  • Basic Spanish language
  • Research design and implementation
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research presentation
 

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CONNECT WITH SFS

Visit the SFS website
Call the Admissions Hotline at 800.989.4418
Email admissions@fieldstudies.org
Read updates from the field on the SFS Blog
Follow SFS on Instagram and Facebook
Watch student videos on YouTube and Vimeo
 



Program

Ohio State works in cooperation with the School for Field Studies, the oldest and largest educational institution in the United States exclusively dedicated to teaching and engaging undergraduates in environmental problem solving. SFS programs teach resource management, ecological, and economic concepts using an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach. Critical issues addressed by SFS teams include preserving entire ecosystems or individual species, balancing economic development and conservation and finding ways to manage and maintain wildlife, marine and agricultural resources. Faculty lectures and readings provide the theoretical information while field work and practical, interdisciplinary activities enable hands-on experience. The 30-day summer course concentrates on one general lecture-format class. The semester course covers four classes. Each program includes a field research component during which students design and conduct a field project related to a current issue in the community being studied.


Locations

The study abroad program will be in Bocas del Toro, Panama.


Accommodations

Students will stay at the School for Field Studies field station in Bocas del Toro, a brand new facility built by the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (ITEC). Please see fieldstudies.org for more specific details on the accommodations.

 

Ohio State Program Contact

Rebecca McMunn
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click here to request one.
mcmunn.8@osu.edu


Courses and Credits 

Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
  • Be approved via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
  • Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
  • Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy

Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797.  Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.

This semester program will offer 18 semester hours. 

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must meet the SFS program-specific eligibility requirements and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.

Application instructions
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications: 
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
2. SFS application. 

IMPORTANTBoth applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.  

Passports

Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.


Program Costs

Students will pay the SFS program fee and GeoBlue International insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021. The SFS program fee includes tuition, housing and on-site orientation. Airfare, books and supplies, personal expenses and independent travel are not included in the program fee.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
 

Scholarships

Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
 

Information Sessions 

TBD


Notices

Please review this information about the Zika Virus and other pre-travel health considerations.

U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country specific safety information) 
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance) 

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.
 
 
 
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019
**
Rolling Admission 01/27/2020 05/06/2020
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 08/31/2020 12/11/2020

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed