• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• One college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies course
• 2.8 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Anthropology, Biology, Botany, Environmental Studies, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Zoology

Classroom Language



Field Research Station

Program Duration

Fall: Early September - Mid-December

Spring: Late January - Mid-May

Summer: Early June - Early July

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2015-16  10/2/2015
Summer 2016 Session I: Tourism and Island Systems: Assessment of Sustainable Practices 2/26/2016
Fall 2016-17  2/26/2016
Spring 2016-17  9/30/2016
Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early submissions encouraged.

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
Contact a Peer Advisor!

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 academic goals of this study abroad program are 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.
Your classroom in Panama is the archipelago of Bocas Del Toro, a place where forest and shore come together and present almost limitless opportunities to study the ecology and conservation of both the marine and terrestrial realms. The field station is a new facility built by SFS's partner organization, the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (ITEC).
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.