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College of Business Travels – Panama

College of Business Travels: Panama – International Business Abroad

Experience the the economy and culture of Panama!

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Join Dr. Leslie Fletcher on a week-long intensive immersion into the business practices that characterize contemporary Panama.  Learn about the challenges and successes the country faces as it continues to innovate and retain its global position in logistics and finance.

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Courses Titles and Credits:
Students have the opportunity to earn 3 credit hours.  All students will be enrolled in the following course:
Undergraduates: BUSA 4830s – International Business in Panama
Graduates: BUSA 7030s – International Business in Panama

Eligibility:
Undergraduate students should have earned 60 credit hours, and have a 2.5 GPA and a declared business major at the time of application.
Graduate students should have graduate standing and permission of the Director of Graduate Programs.

Dates of Program:
December 9 – December 15, 2017 (Fall Term 2017)
*Note: students should expect to attend mandatory class meetings and a scheduled orientation during the Fall 2017 term.

Program Cost:
$1,610.00
Includes: All regional and local transportation; lodging for the duration of the program; most meals; tour and entrance fees; guest lectures; site visits to local companies and businesses; and a travel insurance plan.

Additional Costs: Round-trip airfare, tuition & fees, and some additional meals.

Nature and Purpose of the Program:
Students will experience and learn to navigate concepts about issues critical to successful business practices in the globalized economic environment.

p-canalAs home to the Panama Canal – one of the world’s most strategic shipping and choke points – the country of Panama serves as a prime location for illustrating challenges unique to a developing state with a services sector economy.  Recent events surrounding the release of the “Panama Papers” and expansion of the Panama Canal will help to emphasize the current application of knowledge related to international logistics and financial services.  Students will have the opportunity, as well, to hear from representatives at leading businesses in the country, learn more about the impact of the Colon Free Trade Area on Panama’s import and export services, and see how decades of U.S. involvement in the country influenced its development.

The week-long trip will be based in urban Panama City, the capital of Panama.  Students will study in this city and about this country in order to gain first-hand and comparative perspectives on the challenges faced by operating businesses in an international setting, as well as discover regionally different practices and approaches to business, politics, and culture.

Highlights of the Program:

– 6-day stay in Panama City

– Course can be applied toward all degrees and minors housed in the College of Business.

– Ability to meet and learn from professionals and visit major companies

– Field Trips/Excursions daily

Application and Payment Schedule:
Program Application and $400 deposit: Due August 1, 2017
Program Payment of $1,210.00: Due September 1, 2017

All payments should be made through the Georgia Southern Studies Abroad College of Business Marketplace webpage.

Refund information:
Once accepted to the program, all program payments are non-refundable.

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Submit applications to International Programs & Services through campus mail, P.O. Box 8101, or drop off at 1313 Forest Drive Building.

Have questions or need more information?  Please contact:
Ms. Emilee Carr, Study Abroad Advisor ecarr@georgiasouthern.edu
Dr. Leslie Fletcher, Professor, School of Accountancy lfletcher@georgiasouthern.edu

Last updated: 1/20/2017