FSU Panama

“It’s a lot of fun because you get to meet Panamanians and
[students] from other countries, which is an experience you
don’t necessarily get in other study abroad programs.”

- Alexis, FSU Panama Program Participant

The World is Your Campus

The World is Your Campus


Situated within the City of Knowledge, FSU Panama offers the amenities of a full campus. With students studying from all over Latin America and the Caribbean, there is a unique opportunity to meet students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. The City of Knowledge offers amenities such as a food court, swimming pool, basketball court, gym, and more. FSU Panama features classrooms, study spaces, science labs, as well as a library and a bookstore. The student lounge & terrace on the top floor provide views of the Panama Canal and offer the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends while enjoying an empanada from the small café. On-site security ensures student safety is the top priority.


The housing on these programs is in a dormitory-style residence within the City of Knowledge complex. Located just a short walk or shuttle ride away from FSU Panama, each room is equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a TV, a mini-fridge, study-space, and balcony. On their floor, students have access to a kitchenette with a microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator. Fingerprint entry grants students access to a fully equipped kitchen, coin-operated laundry room, vending machines, and student lounge on the main floor.



In January, the United States Army invites FSU to establish a center in what was then the
Panama Canal Zone. Offices were in what was then the US Army Fort Clayton.

At the invitation of the local US Air Force commander, the Branch moves its facilities to
building 808 at Albrook Air Force Station.

The Florida State University Center for Tropical Studies is established and based at the
Panama Canal Branch.

The Center becomes a degree-granting branch of FSU, offering degrees in English, Inter-
American Studies, International Affairs, Social Sciences, and Spanish. Permanent
residents of the Isthmus of Panama begin taking classes at the Branch.

Following the University-wide self-study and SACS visitation, the Branch receives
permanent degree-granting status.

The English Language Program is formally established.

The FSU Panama Canal Branch starts offering a Computer Science program.

PSU Panama agrees with Panama’s Interoceanic Region Authority to use the facilities of
the DOD Panama Canal College.

FSU Panama becomes a member of the City of Knowledge.

The 2+2 program is established, allowing Latin American and Caribbean students to
study for 2 years at FSU Panama and then complete up to 2 years of study at FSU’s main
campus in Tallahassee at an in-state tuition rate.

FSU Panama receives its first group of FYA students.

FSU Panama moves to its new facilities at the City of Knowledge.





Want to hear from students about their experiences abroad? Check out the Noles Abroad podcast, where students, faculty, alumni, and staff talk about how life-changing study abroad can be. We also have student-submitted blog posts, occasional student takeovers on our Instagram, and videos created by current study abroad students on our Instagram and YouTube.