• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.8 cumulative GPA
• One college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies course; 18 years of age
• Language Pre-requisite: None


Anthropology, biology, botany, environmental studies, forest and wildlife ecology, zoology

Classroom Language



The SFS field station in Bocas del Toro for our Panama study abroad program will be a brand new facility built by our partner, the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (ITEC). Located on 130 acres of property owned for generations by a local Ngobe family, the station sits on a promontory of land adjacent to open fields and within sight of the Chiriqui Lagoon and dense off-shore mangrove stands. Within meters, thick inland tropical forest dominates the landscape, sheltering the site with verdant canopies where howler monkeys abound and toucans search incessantly for fruit. Student housing consists of rooms within a raised platform building that provides views of forest and shore. Freshwater showers are available. Other buildings consist of classrooms, a library, a laboratory, and a common room used for dining and events. A full-time cook is available for most meals; healthy traditional dishes will dominate the menu each day with fresh fish from local waters.

Program Duration


Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2014-15  10/3/2014
Fall 2015-16  2/27/2015

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Panama, Bocas del Toro
SFS Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies

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Offered through the School for Field Studies (SFS), the Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies program is an approved UW affiliate program. On this program, you will explore several key interfaces: human and natural systems, terrestrial and marine ecosystems and conservation and development. The goal of this undergraduate study abroad program is to assess the state of the archipelago's fragile natural habitats, define the main environmental issues, and understand the community goals in natural resource management.

You will be working closely with both IAP and SFS on this program. You can access the programs' main information page through the SFS website to learn more about the academics, housing, excursions and activities, and location.