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Energy and the Environment: Panama City, Panama


Explore the amazing biodiversity of Panama in the Take the World by the Horns program through visits to wildlife preserves, marine exhibition centers, and field work excursions to sites such as a 300-island archipelago. Panama is ranked No. 1 in the world by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity due to its location between three distinct bodies of water: the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Chiriqui, and the Gulf of Panama.

You will make an immediate impact and gain invaluable experience by participating in internships with environmentally focused non-profit organizations. Enroll in four academic courses with our partner, SIT, focusing on environmental study, fieldwork ethics, and research design, including an internship to jumpstart your academic and professional career.

There is no language requirement for participation. Spanish language lessons will be incorporated throughout the semester, but will not appear on your transcript. Upon your return, you may take a placement test or seek an evaluation to assess your UT Austin language course level.


List of courses to be released in October 2023.

Program Dates

ArrivalAugust 17, 2024
Classes StartAugust 22, 2024
Classes End and DepartureDecember 15, 2024

Costs and Financial Aid

The total cost of the program is $18,260. This cost includes all registration fees and tuition, overseas insurance, flights, passport, visa, pre-departure costs, housing, excursions, meals, and estimated personal expenses during the semester abroad.

You will be able to apply for federal and institutional financial aid to cover a portion or all costs of this program.


The inaugural program starts August 2024.