- Visit Panama City, the Panama Canal and the City of David.
- Create a marketing plan to sell semi-processed teak wood from Panama in the U.S. with other UNL students.
- Work with locals from Oteima Technologica University to create a design project.
- Learn about the culture, environment and people of Panama.
Course of Study
The project-based cohort will work on two projects. First, they will enroll in a fall semester course (BSAD 491 or BSAD 191) at UNL and develop a marketing plan to sell semi-processed teak wood from Panama in the U.S. Second, they will design to renovate a student housing solar-powered cottage near a lake in Batipa property in rural Panama. Students will be selected from various majors across campus, including but not limited to: architecture, construction management, design, communications, journalism and international business majors. A high level of cultural exchange is required to successfully complete the project because UNL students will work and exchange ideas with Panamanians and locals from Oteima Technological University during the cottage design project. Communication and journalism majors will videotape the process for a documentary project. Furthermore, students will be split into two groups and compete against each other - one group will fix the top and the other the bottom of the cottage. Judges will determine the winner based on planning, budgeting, team cohesiveness, intercultural exchange, and use of the Spanish language to communicate.
Panama City, Panama
There will be two cohorts (or tracks):
Track for Freshmen and Sophomores (culture-based cohort)
Course: BSAD 191 (3 credits)
Instructor: Chandra Schwab
Freshmen and sophomore will be exposed to extensive cross-cultural elements of the program. As such the culture-based cohort will focus on learning how culture impacts business. This cohort will be gently introduced to global business.
Track for Juniors, Seniors, and Distinguished Scholars (Project-based cohort)
Course: BSAD 491 (3 credits)
Instructor: Elina Ibrayeva
- All sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are encouraged to apply.
- All majors can apply - you do NOT have to be a business student.
- You must have completed at least two college semesters by the start of the program (this can include the Fall 2017 semester.)
- You must be in good academic standing with your home college.
Group Photo in David, Panama
Elina Ibrayeva, PhD,
Assistant Professor of Practice
Elina is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the College of Business. She earned her PhD degree in Political Economy from Kazakh National State University and became one of the first Fulbright Scholars from Kazakhstan. In 1999, she earned a PhD in Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She enjoys teaching and has almost three decades of experience as an instructor of undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational behavior and international management. Elina enjoys travel and has visited a number of countries including Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, Holland, Jamaica, Japan, France, Kyrgyzstan, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Uganda, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. She participated in the UNL study abroad program to Uganda during spring break in 2016.
Chandra Schwab, M.A.,
College of Business Administration Lecturer
Chandra Schwab has over seven years of experience living and working abroad. She has studied and taught in the U.K., China, and Belgium and traveled to over thirty-five countries through Asia, Europe, North Africa, and the Americas. During her 5 years in China, she taught in many types of educational settings, from rural primary schools, top-rated institutions of higher education, and state of the art international schools and training centers. She holds a Master’s Degree of Instruction of Second Language & Cultures from the University Minnesota and earned an advanced Chinese language certificate from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Helping students achieve an international outlook through cultural and travel experiences inspires Chandra as an educator and a global citizen.
For questions concerning course registration, please contact:
Administrative Support Associate, International Business Program
For all other questions, please contact your Education Abroad Coordinator:
Education Abroad, Education Abroad and Exchange Coordinator
The Republic of Panama is a transcontinental country located between North and South America. Best known for the Panama Canal, from which the country generates most of its GDP, Panama is also a major center for the tourism and banking industries, the latter being concentrated in its capital city, Panama City.
With a population just short of 4 million, Panama is much smaller than the U.S., however what it does not have in population it makes up for greatly in its biodiversity. Nearly 40% of the country is wooded and the country is home to nearly 9,000 species of flowering plants. People from around the world continue to flock to Panama to experience its diversity in climate, flora and fauna, and most importantly, its people.
Accommodations and Other Arrangements
- Airfare: Airfare to and from Panama will be arranged for students; Professor Schwab, Dr. Ibrayeva and students will fly together in a group. Itineraries will be sent via email once they have been purchased.
- Lodging: Students will stay in a three-star hotel in the center of David; rooms are triples (3 students per room).
- Meals: More information coming soon!
- Transportation: Students will most likely take a coach bus from their hotel in Panama City to their hotel in David; more information coming soon!
- Required Travel Documents: All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport to participate on the program. Non-U.S. citizens need to research entry requirements specific to the country of destination at the time of applying to the program.
- Health and Mobility: More information coming soon! In the meantime, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for Panama-specific health and safety information.
Explanation of Costs
See the Budget Sheet (Coming Soon!) at the top of this page for a detailed explanation of billable and non-billable program costs, withdrawal policies, and the payment process. Costs vary by program, so it is essential to review this information carefully.
Upon confirmation of participation, program participants will pay a commitment deposit.
Deposit Amount: $500
Deposit Deadline: TBD
The deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from the program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal, including the roundtrip flight. The final program cost balance will appear on the participant's MyRED student account and will be due on December 12, 2017.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.
Below you will find links to resources for travel, health and safety:
*UNL Education Abroad does not officially endorse, administer or monitor the content of these links.