The southernmost country in Central America, Panama remains a paradise destination for any nature lover. Apart from the Amazon Basin, Panama has the largest rainforest in the Western Hemisphere. It has the most biodiversity out of all the countries in South America and contains species not witnessed anywhere else around the globe. Despite Panama’s immense natural abundance, it would be a mistake to consider Panama’s culture to be any less generous.
Dance, music and countless forms of visual and folk art are deeply engrained in Panama’s unique culture. Panamanian women dressed in traditional Polleras bring home the smell of hot chicken tamales; woodcarvers and pottery makers share the mastery of their craft with the rest of the world for dirt cheap prices, and street musicians add the soundtrack of Central America to the picturesque landscape, creating an experience unlike any other.
There is an incredible array of activities and sites which are available to students studying abroad in Panama. The list ranges from the engineering marvel of the Panama Canal, to the vast landscape of Parque Internacional la Amista, which contains some of the world’s tallest mountains and biologically diverse forest. There is a variety of different options for attaining mastery of the Spanish language; local schools offer quality education for reasonable prices (Habla Ya Language, Spanish Panama).
Besides the obvious attractions there are many markets, restaurants and nightclubs which offer a more traditional western sense of fun. Martin Fierro steakhouse in Panama City and El Sabroson café in Bouquete are favorites among tourists and locals. Major cities have entire districts dedicated to the life after sunset; wherever you may be staying, there will always be a local hotspot of nightlife action.
Panama offers a tropical climate, which for the most part means hot and humid. There is little seasonal variation so the weather is relatively constant no matter when you choose to visit Panama. The rainy season, from April to December accounts for the majority of the country’s rainfall, so if you’re planning to visit in that timeframe bring some raingear, or a canoe.
Technological University of Panama: Located in the capital, Panama City, TU Panama is the second largest university in the country comprised of six faculties and seven campuses nationwide. It annually serves around 18,000 students.
University of Panama: Created by presidential decree in 1935, University of Panama has grown to be the largest, and one of the most internationally renowned universities in the country. It currently caters to 74, 059 students across 19 different faculties in 228 buildings.
There are many scholarships to fund your study abroad experience. Here is a list of Diversity Abroad scholarships available for study in this country:
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Shadism is still a major factor in Panama, meaning that students with darker skin tones may be treated differently than their light skinned counterparts. This is especially true for African American students, who may be perceived as less competent than their peers. Derogatory terms such as 'negro' are used commonly to describe black people in general, so students who identify as such should be mindful of this when encountering the use of those words.
Mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 70%, Amerindian and mixed (West Indian) 14%, white 10%, Amerindian 6%
The Panama Canal is a unique site with so much historical significance, especially in relation to the United Stated. In addition to making this a must-see, visit more culturally rich sites such as Casca Viejo, the historic district of capital Panama City.
Consider going abroad to Panama for its beautiful, lush rainforest and tropical climate. It is a wonderful destination for students seeking a location where they can improve their Spanish language skills or study Environmental issues, especially biodiversity.
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