Study Abroad in Panama

Study abroad becomes an unforgettable experience for many students. Allowing them to live something completely different than usual, where they are able to receive a higher quality education and be able to learn new languages. They are able to enhance their social network and get to know new cultures. Besides, to develop the confidence and strength to become independent adults. All of these become an opportunity that opens many doors for future jobs, giving students the key skills international organizations are looking for. 

Why was Panama picked as the #1 place to travel to in 2012 by the New York Times? Although Panama is a small country, about the size of South Carolina, it has a great variety of world-class attractions: exotic tropical rainforests, beautiful mountain refuges, two coasts for Caribbean and Pacific style beaches, more than a 1000 islands, seven living Indian cultures in their own reservations, a Miami-style sophisticated capital city, a vibrant nightlife, full service resorts, exotic off-the-beaten-path getaways, scads of Spanish colonial historical sites, world class golfing, diving, sport fishing, and surfing, not to mention that 8th wonder of the world and engineering marvel, the Panama Canal. It is hard to think of any other destination in the world that has such a variety of attractions so close by and so easy to get to.

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Why study abroad in Panama?

Panama is a country in Central America situated between North and South America. It is bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly half of the country’s 4 million people.

Panama was inhabited by several indigenous tribes prior to settlement by the Spanish in the 16th century. Panama broke away from Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Nueva Granada, Ecuador, and Venezuela named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When Gran Colombia dissolved in 1831, Panama and Nueva Granada remained joined, eventually becoming the Republic of Colombia. With the backing of the United States, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903, allowing the Panama Canal to be built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the total transfer of the Canal from the United States to Panama by the end of the 20th century, which culminated on 31 December 1999.

Revenue from canal tolls continues to represent a significant portion of Panama’s GDP, although commerce, banking, and tourism are major and growing sectors. Panama has the second largest economy in Central America and is also the fastest growing economy and largest per capita consumer in Central America. In 2013, Panama ranked 5th among Latin American countries in terms of the Human Development Index, and 59th in the world. Since 2010, Panama remains the second most competitive economy in Latin America, according to the World Economic Forum‘s Global Competitiveness Index. Covering around 40 percent of its land area, Panama’s jungles are home to an abundance of tropical plants and animals – some of them to be found nowhere else on the planet.

Study Abroad benefits

  • Learn a new language:

    Learning a new language can be a huge challenge. However, when you study abroad, you are exposed to new environments where that language is spoken, which gives you the opportunity to put it into practice daily, and becomes an excellent way to improve your language skills.

    Besides, as the experience of study abroad allows you to learn the language faster because of the constant practice, you not only learn about the grammatical structures, but develop conversational skills, enabling you to speak almost as if you were a native also.

  • Career opportunities:

    Study abroad opens many doors to students when they are looking to apply for a job. Frequently, organizations want to hire international employees who are able to thrive in a global environment.

    Students who study abroad are able to showcase those key skills that have earned by their experience dealing with different environments and people, which can put on their resumé, as abilities such as: Cross-cultural communication and Understanding of international policy.

  • Higher quality education:

    Study abroad gives students the opportunity to receive higher levels of education in countries that are recognized for having highly regarded education systems, becoming well-prepared professionals.

  • Enhance your network:

    It’s time to make new friends! Regardless of where you go to study, you will always be meeting new people.

    However, when you study abroad there’s this unique opportunity to make friends with people from all kinds of different cultures. This variety enriches one’s life because it gives you the chance to learn about other countries and their customs.

  • Experience and learn from new cultures:

    Besides the higher levels of education students receive, another of the biggest advantages of studying abroad is the opportunity to become immersed in a totally different environment: meeting new people with a perspective that contrasts from yours and learning how the world works in different parts of the globe.

    From this experience students will also be able to try new foods, visit different places that otherwise they would have never visited, go to local activities and discover many other things the host culture has to offer.

  • Develop your confidence:

    Study abroad it’s a huge step into independent life and at first glance, many times something scary. It requires a lot of confidence to move within a different environment, talking with new people many times in a new language also, learning how things work and getting used to. However, the opportunity of living and studying in another country gives us the strength to manage ourselves and be ready to succeed in our future career.

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