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Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Sciences, Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Business Administration, Construction Management, Engineering, Journalism, Photography, Spanish Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.0
Number of Credits: 3 Credit Hours Courses Offered: BSAD491
Course Credit: UNL Credit UNL Sponsor(s): Business Administration
Experience Type: field study, study abroad Program Type: Faculty-Led
Program Leader(s) or Contact(s): John (JK) Osiri Education Abroad Coordinator(s): Caitlin Naberhaus
Program Sponsor(s): Nebraska Wildlife Federation (Carolyn Butler) Academic Level: 02 - Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior, 05 - Graduate or Professional Student
UNL Faculty-Led - Offered in academic year(s): 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019
Program Description:




Program Highlights

  • Visit the Panama Canal, a vital component to expanding global trade routes in the 20th century
  • Create a development plan for a high-end sail boat marina, and work to craft an exportation plan of Nebraska grain through the Canal with a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Encounter the indigenous people of Panama with a visit the Embera community
  • Expand your understanding of the possibilities of global business.
  • Included in the program are excursions to sites such as the Panama Canal, and Indigenous village, the Casco Viejo of Panama City, various local business visits, and a Husker Race activity throughout the City.


Course of Study

Students on the Panama: Export and Development program will focus on two unique projects as a method of leaning business and cultural practices of the region. Enrolled in the academic course (BSAD 491) during the fall 2018 semester, students will attend class lectures, prepare their projects, and delve into the cultural and business practices before experiencing it up close once in country. One project will explore the potential exportation of Nebraska grain through the Panama Canal. The other project will be to create a plan to develop a marina for high-end sail boats in Panama City. These multi-disciplinary projects will provide each group the opportunity to work with students from across campus on a common goal.
Sophomore students are eligible to choose to enroll in BSAD 191: Special Topics in Business and Culture for 3 credit hours. Student will also attend class lectures and work with the whole program on their projects and explore the cultural and business practices of Panama. This track is for students new to international travel. More details on the specifics of BSAD 191 coming soon. 
Learning outcomes include
  • Gain a deeper understanding of Panamanian culture while examining their economy and developmental past and future
  • Enhance understanding of the impact of globalization on families, communities and businesses in Central America
  • Increase cultural competence and ability to interact in culturally sensitive ways

Panama City
Panama City, Panama

Course Credit

There will be two cohorts (or tracks): 

Earn three (3) credits of BSAD 491: BSAD 491: International Studies in Business and Economics or three (3) credits of BSAD 191: Special Topics in business and Culture
This program can also complete the BSAD 72 – Internship/Practicum for International Business (IBUS) Majors.
  • 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 2018 semester.)
  • You must be in good academic standing with your home college.
Panama - Group Photo
Group Photo in David, Panama

Faculty Leaders

J. Kalu Osiri, PhD,
Director of International Business
CoB 511Q

Dr. J. Kalu Osiri is the Director of International Business at UNL. Born in Benin and raised in Nigera, Dr. Osiri is passionate and knowledgeable about international business in Africa. On a mission to develop students into global leaders, he has led exciting, high-impact global immersion programs while a faculty member at Washington State University to China, Morocco, Span, France and Italy. In 2016, he created and led his first program for UNL, leading a group of business and engineering students to Uganda, for which he was awarded UNL Education Abroad's Most Innovative Program of the Year. Later that year, he led another multidisciplinary group of students to tackle a sustainable entrepreneurship project in Panama. In 2017, he co-led another group that developed an eco-tourism plan for the Office of the Vice Presidency, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Indigenous People in Guyana. Dr. Osiri has traveled in every continent, except Antarctica, for both personal and professional purposes.
Chandra Schwab
CoB 123D

Program Contacts

For questions concerning course registration, please contact:
Amy Lester
Program Coordinator, International Business
CoB 123C

For all other questions, please contact your Education Abroad Coordinator:

Cait Naberhaus
Education Abroad, Education Abroad Coordinator
LLS 110


The Central American country of Panama is uniquely situated to provide an excellent opportunity to explore the exporting industry and seek new ventures in development. The famous Panama Canal has changed the way the world does business, and with its rising middle/upper class, Panama is seeking new ways to develop the infrastructure for this economic sector for their continued growth.
Panama City is a diverse and driven city with up and coming technology paired with the largest rain forest within its city limits. The major drivers of the Panamanian economy include the transport of goods via cargo ships through the Panama Canal, the exportation of refined goods, and tourism. Participating first hand in the growth and development of this booming country is an academic experience to not miss.  

Panama City, Panama
Panama City 

Accommodations and Other Arrangements

  • Airfare: Students will arrange their own domestic and international airfare. Students will be given information about when to arrive at the airport in Panama City. 
  • Lodging: Students will stay in hotels arranged by the onsite partner in Panama City.
  • Meals: More information coming soon!
  • Transportation: All group transport will be arranged by the onsite partner in Panama City.
  • 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.
Panama 4
Group Rafting

BudgetNo Till

Please see the budget here  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
Due: August 10th, 2018

The deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. When the finalized budget for Fall 2018 is posted, students will be given 1 week to claim a full refund of their deposit if they decide to withdraw from a program. If a participant withdraws from the program after that time, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.

Additional Resources

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 08/23/2018 ** Rolling Admission 12/26/2018 01/06/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.