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  • Locations: Chitre, Panama; Colon, Panama; Isla Grande, Panama; Panama City, Panama; Playa Venao, Panama
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: U of A applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Sarah Malloy Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: U of A Faculty-Led
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: 0 none
Language Courses Offered: NO Credit Type: U of A Credit
Open to non-U of A students?: NO Credit Hours Available: 6 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Business (General), Business (International), Business (Supply Chain Mgmt) Program Duration: 3 weeks
Open to Graduate Students?: YES
Program Description:


Applications will open in early-September for the following Summer term.

Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin. When your application is completed, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision through the HogsAbroad portal.

You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application today.


Panama ship

Application Deadlines: 

*Priority Deadline:    December 1, 2016 
**Regular Deadline:  February 1, 2017

*Program may fill before regular deadline; therefore, early application is advised
**Post-priority applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the regular deadline

Global supply chain management is increasingly important for firms as they strive to compete in today’s global business environment.  While supply chain management has captured the attention and interest of higher-level executives, the complexities of the global environment complicate the management task.  Some of this is due to issues of sovereignty: every country has the right to impose whatever rules and requirements it wishes concerning the regulation of business within and across its borders.  Cultural differences between nations further complicate the nature of business relationships and transactions.  Moreover, the global transportation infrastructure presents a significant challenge, as ocean and intermodal carriers are often faced with extraordinary issues and costs to manage. Within this context, the course will address issues relating to the drivers of globalization and managing supply/demand fulfillment and transportation processes across an extended and global organization.
The trip is led by Professor Terry Esper, from the Department of Supply Chain Management, in the Walton College of Business.


Students must:
Undergraduates should have WCOB pre-business core by the beginning of the program abroad

Undergraduates should have completed at least 24 credit hours* with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application. *Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.


Credit Hours: Six (6) credit hours 

Courses:  Offered at the Undergraduate level 

                WCOB 330V(H) (3-6 credit hrs)        Special Topics in International Business
                WCOB 230V(H)  (3-6 credit hrs)        Special Topics in International Business         

Classes will be lecture-based, with a strong emphasis on class discussion.  Lectures will be designed to introduce or explain some of the principles being discussed.  Lectures, however, are only intended to add to the material found in assigned readings.  In addition, several field trips are planned as experiential learning opportunities.  These field trips will supplement the lecture materials/discussion and will provide students with a first-hand look at Panamanian businesses and global trade operations.  Student grades will be assessed based on examination, group assignments, journaling of insights and participation/professionalism.  Honors students will have additional readings and activities assigned. 
The primary function of this course is to provide students who are planning to pursue a career in this area with a strong background of supply chain management processes within the global context. This course has been developed to provide a good balance of theory and practical application, addressing both strategic and operation issues.

A second purpose of this course is to provide all students pursuing collateral and associated career paths the necessary tools and analytical skills for other course(s) that follow in their respective curriculum and a better understanding of global business.

A third purpose of this course is to provide all students with international exposure to Panamanian culture and Panamanian supply chain perspectives (particularly the Panama Canal and associated Port and logistics operations).  Students will be given the opportunity to compare Panamanian business practices with U.S. practices, as well as within the context of the Central American region and the larger global community.  

During this course, the student will: understand the unique culture, industries, geography, history, and politics of the country; travel to the country; study the differences between business in the U.S. and business in Panama, and learn about the current issues facing the Panamanian nation.


Students will stay in dorms at the City of Knowledge in Panama, a sustainable campus, and a business, academic, and scientific international community. The campus is just a few minutes from downtown Panama City and across from the Panama canal. 

Supplemental lodging will be at hotels during excursions. Students will interact with the local community during excursions and joint courses.


Panama Canal Authority, Country interior, Colon Free Trade Zone, Panama Ports, Panama Rail Company, are just some of the excursions the students will experience. These trips will all be integrated into the curriculum by serving as educational engagements. Students will understand the unique culture, industries, geography, history, and politics of the country, as well as the current issues facing the Panamanian nation. Primarily lodging will occur in the City of Knowledge dormitories.  


Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. 

In many cases, you can use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program.  If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully. 

U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website.


For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.

For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:

Terry Esper
Department of Supply Chain Management

Marc Angus Scott
Department of Supply Chain Management


wcobpanamaCheck out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad! 

WCOB Panama_info sheet.pdf
Check out Corey Ealy's video on the summer 2015 Walton College of Business trip to Panama!



Cordarius Enright, summer 2015
Jonathon Schilling, summer 2015

This program is currently not accepting applications.