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CofC in Panama 2018: Biology

Term To Study: Summer 2018
Application Deadline: Mar 01, 2018
Program Starts: May 14, 2018
Program Ends: Jun 03, 2018
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $2,392
Link 1: Click on this link for video of a previous year's program
Program Locations: Bocas del Toro, Panama City
Contact Phone: 843-953-0441
Contact Name: Center For International Education
Contact Email:
What is Included: - Round-trip airfare
- Lodging
- Most meals
- Ground transportation
- Entrances into sites
- Overseas medical insurance
- $50 non-refundable application fee (will only be reimbursed if a student is not accepted into the program or the program is cancelled)

* Program fee subject to change
What is not Included: - Tuition for four credits and associated fees
- Some meals
- Passport fees
- Personal expenses
Estimated Costs: In addition to the program fee, students will be charged tuition for their courses.

The out of state tuition for classes associated with travel are discounted from the Fall and Spring rates.

Scholarships up to $1,500 are available to support CofC degree seeking students. Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need, academic merit, 2 faculty recommendations and a personal statement. The application can be found on the CIE website, under Study Abroad > Scholarships

Additional out-of-pocket expenses is estimated at $250
Program Description


Students are enrolled in 4 credits of BIOL 341: General Ecology (Lecture and Lab)


This combined lecture and lab course in Ecology is a Biology core course and is required for Marine Biology majors. The lecture portion of the course will focus on fundamental ecological concepts and terminology. The main incentive for the study abroad is to offer the lab in a tropical setting. The format of the lab consists of natural history labs, independent research , and class field experiments. A wide variety of habitats will be examined including coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass meadows, wet and dry caves, tropical rain forest, and cloud forest.

Field work will require hiking in extreme high heat and humidity, and snorkeling.


-Students must have an overall GPA of 2.5
-Students must already possess a valid passport, or be able to obtain a valid passport


Dr. Craig Plante
Department of Biology

Dr. Plante is a tenured professor at the College of Charleston in the Biology Department. He has taught General Ecology (and lab) for 20 years. He also has taught Introductory Biology, Oceanography, and Environmental Studies to CofC undergraduates. He also directs the Graduate Program in Marine Biology and has taugh graduate classes at CofC, including Marine Ecology, Benthic Ecology and various seminar courses. His research focus is microbial ecology. Dr. Plante has directed this program to Panama the past several summers.

Note: For questions regarding on-site program details and course content, please contact Dr. Plante. Any inquiries regarding application processing, billing, or scholarship opportunities can be directed to the Center for International Education (contact information listed above).

*A minimum number of participants is required for all study abroad programs to run

Quick Facts

Population: 3510045
Capital: Panama
Per-capita GDP: $ 14300
Size: 75420 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 05:00 hours) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

US State Department

Travel Warning: NO

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