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  • Locations: Boquete, Panama; Las Lajas, Panama; Panama City, Panama; Playa Blanca, Panama
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Option: Hotel Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Animal Sciences, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Geography, History, 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 Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Ryan Vonderhaar
Program Description:





This program is designed to give students a different perspective of agriculture and other economic sectors that influence food, fiber, and fuel. Additionally, this program will serve to educate and allow students to experience the various applications of agriculture and construction on varying scenarios, especially within a socioeconomic and ethnically diverse context. Through participating in this program, students will explore culture outside of the classroom and view first-hand applications of agriculture based on varying available resources and needs of the population and/or country. Prior to traveling, students will spend time investigating background information on the country, as well as the country’s agricultural, construction, and industrial sectors.

By the end of the program, students are expected to exhibit an understanding of various practices of agriculture, construction and industrial sectors in a developing country and the country’s impact on the world. Specifically, students will:

  • Gain awareness of the traditional role of agricultural sustainability;
  • Expand their knowledge of (and gain an appreciation for) agriculture in a developing culture;
  • Engage in a learning experience that incorporates interaction with a different culture of socioeconomic status;
  • Explore the use and impacts of multiple agricultural practices (i.e. animals, crops, environment, culture and community) in a non-U.S. setting;
  • Examine the economic impact of sustainability to compare life outcomes of residents (prices and values of materials, food, housing, resources, utilities on lifestyle and tradition through visits to home improvement stores, animal auctions, food costs, coffee facilities, etc.);
  • Experience a setting where an intermix of racial population engages in community;
  • Analyze fundamental background information and compare applications from Ohio to Panama, a developing country that varies within itself.


Panama City, Panama


Students will stay in modest, well-located hotels throughout the study program in twin or triple rooms.

Resident Directors

Lyda Garcia
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Pamela Thomas
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Lauren Lopez

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Ohio State Program Contact

Ryan Vonderhaar




Courses and Credit

Admitted participants are required to register in 1 hour of FAES 3790.04 during spring semester and 2 hours of FAES3797.04 for May 2020. A consecutive four-day seminar will be required prior to departure. The seminar will occur the Monday following May commencement. Upon return, a four-day seminar will be required for group presentations and individual reports.




Application Requirement

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. Students should have a strong interest in learning about different perspectives of agriculture and natural resources including sustainability and the economic sectors that influence food, fiber, construction, and fuel. Preference will be given to applicants supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) Scholars groups, and those with limited international travel experience.

Students also must participate in a group interview after the program application deadline. Details about the interview will be sent to students by the program coordinator after the program application deadline.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.



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



Program Costs

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a program fee of approximately $2,299.  The program fee includes all program accommodations, meals (with the exception of 2 meals during free time), round trip airfare, program-required transportation and, international health insurance. US citizens do not need a visa to participate on this program.  The program fee does not include personal expenses such as a passport or vaccinations.

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences have generously subsidized this program at a rate of $876 per student and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has subsidized this program at a rate of roughly $1000 per student.

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


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




Information Sessions

Monday, September 23
MLK Jr. Lounge, Hale Hall

Monday, September 30
Agricultural Admin Room 246



U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (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, gendergender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


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

I learned a lot about agriculture and different techniques in which people do things. I will be able to use this information to share with my future students.
     — Summer, 2019 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.