- Present plans to sustainably cut down trees and logical operations for international sales and distribution.
- Experience two, separate tree conservations/plantations en route to David.
- Visit Panama City, the Panama Canal, the City of Knowledge and the City of David.
- Learn about the culture, environment and people of Panama.
Course of Study
In this global immersion experience, a team of students from different disciplines will come together to tackle a multidisciplinary project. The mission is straight-forward and challenging: You are to study the Panama culture and institutions, and within that context, develop a plan to sustainably cut down trees at a teak tree farm located in Panama, find buyers, and distribute the trees.
To receive proper guidance on the project, students will enroll in BSAD 491 in the Fall of 2016. First eight weeks of the course will consist of online readings and discussions. In the second eight-week period, students will meet face-to-face with the instructor to delve deeper into the course content. The instructor will use the second eight weeks of the course to prepare students for the international trip, which will occur over winter break.
Panama City, Panama
- 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 2016 semester.)
- You must be in good academic standing with your home college.
Coastline in Panama City, Panama
John Kalu (JK) Osiri, Ph.D.
International Business, Director
This program will be led by Dr. J.K. Osiri, who is director of International Business Education and associate professor of practice in Management at UNL. He has a record of leading exciting student programs abroad. He joined the CBA from Washington State University, where he was a clinical assistant professor of international business and entrepreneurship as well as director of faculty-led study abroad program in Spain and France. His research interests are concerned with new venture creation, commercialization of technology and the interplay between culture and innovation. He is the author of Unleashing Your Idea: Steps to a Successful Start and Entrepreneurial Marketing: Creating a Customer Base. He has traveled in several countries, including East African countries such as Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda; he speaks three languages, and enjoys learning new cultures. In October of 2008, he was invited to the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain, as a visiting scholar. In March 2015, he was invited to give a talk on “Connecting Best Practices in Entrepreneurship Education to Entrepreneurship in Uganda” at the School of Management and Entrepreneurship, Kyambogo University, Uganda. Osiri is a graduate of the Grambling State University (BS), Louisiana State University (PhD), The University of Florida (Post-Doctorate), and the Harvard Management Development Program (MDP).
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.
David, located in the western part of the country, is home to about 145,000 people. A safe, relatively affluent city, David can be reached via the Pan-American Highway, a network of roads totaling some 19,000 miles. David, although much smaller than Panama City, is responsible for much of Panama's agricultural output and is home to a large cattle ranching community.
Accommodations and Other Arrangements
- Airfare: Airfare to and from Panama will be arranged for students; Dr. Osiri 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.
Indigenous Families of Panama
A budget for this program can be found here.
Explanation of Costs
See the Budget Sheet 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: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
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, 2016.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.
Traditional Hut (don't worry, you're not staying here!)
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