Panama is called the Crossroads of the Americas: the Atlantic and Pacifc oceans
are only an hour’s drive apart. Its capital city is a cosmopolitan nexus for
world trade while just an hour from tropical rain forests. Where else can a
student earn an American degree in a Latin American, bilingual environment
combining the unspoiled and the sophisticated with the study of business,
science, and the liberal arts? Panama City is one of Central America's most
cosmopolitan cities, mixing the historical and the modern in a lush natural
setting. The large multi-ethnic population offers a variety of cultural
immersion opportunities. Panama is one of Central America's safest and most
hospitable countries, as well as the region's major international trade center.
Its strategic location makes it a regional hub for many United Nations
organizations and several international NGOs. It is also home of the Panama
Canal, an engineering marvel known as the eighth world wonder, with
approximately 5% of the world trade transiting through this waterway. Panama is
rich in history and offers a wide variety of environmental adventures that
greatly appeal to those interested in natural sciences.
The FSU Panama Campus
FSU-Panama is located on the prestigious City of Knowledge campus, a large
educational and research complex that includes several international
organizations, research and teaching institutions, and international as well as
local businesses. It is the cornerstone of an effort to utilize
innovation, entrepreneurial culture and sustainability to fully develop Panama
and Latin America. The University is among elite international
organizations, such as the United Nations, UNICEF, International Red Cross and
Red Crescent Societies, Peace Corp, and the World Wildlife Federation.
The University’s recently renovated building boasts classrooms, science
laboratories, computer labs, administrative offices, and a student lounge. The
FSU-Panama Library, located in an adjacent building, contains the largest
English-language collection in the country. Students are housed in shared,
duplex accommodation in the same area of the City of Knowledge as the United
In addition to all the City of Knowledge offers our students, they are able to
immerse themselves into Panamanian history, culture and ecology. As the
‘Crossroads of the Americas’ situated as the southernmost country in
North/Central America, Panama possesses the shortest distance between the
Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. The Panama Canal, which is located literally
across the street from the City of Knowledge, plays a vital part of the global
marketplace, with over 15,000 ships traversing the canal annually.
Students live in furnished villas within about a 20 minute walk from the main
classroom building. Each villa has three bedrooms, living-dining area, fully
equipped kitchen, Internet access, and at least two bathrooms. Sport facilities
for basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer, football, and volleyball - plus a
swimming pool and gym - are just one street away. The villas are on a university
dorm street adjacent to various United Nations offices, international
organizations, technological parks, and research centers. Other international
universities with local and study abroad programs are represented as well,
allowing for possible networking with our students.
Panama’s historic sites, dynamic business environment, and unspoiled terrain
yield a wide variety of specialized excursions to extend learning beyond the
classroom. With short trips, students are able to tour the engineering marvels
of the Panama Canal Locks and Visitors’ Center; explore Colonial Panama, Old
Panama, and Cosmopolitan Panama; visit the indigenous communities of the Embera
Indians surrounded by freshwater rapids; and discover the San Blas Islands, home
to the Kuna Indians, surrounded by the pristine waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Students learn about their culture, dances, food, handicrafts, and customs.
Additionally, there are opportunities to visit international prize-winning
coffee plantations, participate in hikes and ecotourism, zip-line through the
tropical rain forest, rappel down a waterfall, go deep sea fishing, sunbathe,
snorkel, and even surf.