25 Things You Should Know About Panama

Considering studying abroad in Panama?  This is a country that offers so much in such a small area. Panama City is  a place where every single person can find his or her own niche and be able to accomplish any and all goals associated with studying abroad.

  1. Florida State University established a branch campus in Panama to provide higher education to military personnel and their dependents during the occupation of the Panama Canal Zone by the United States Armed Forces.
  2. The FSU-Panama Campus is located directly across the street from the Panama Canal.
  3. The City of Knowledge, where FSU-Panama is located, is Panama’s intellectual and innovative center of academic institutions, an entrepreneurial technopark and international organizations.
  4. You can hike in a protected rainforest in the middle of a bustling Latin American capital that’s completely surrounded by the many species that represent Panama’s rich biodiversity.
  5. Casco Viejo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  6. Casco Viejo is also a district where you can find numerous funky cafes while listening to live jazz musicians.
  7. You can rent a bike and coast down the Amador Causeway while viewing ships waiting to enter into the Panama Canal.
  8. Panama City’s picturesque skyline is home to Latin America’s soon to be tallest building, as well as many international headquarters, banks, fashion stores and commercial centers.
  9. Panama borders Costa Rica to the west and Colombia to the east.
  10. Panama is a cultural crossroads that includes Panamanians, Europeans, Afro-Caribbeans, Asians and more.
  11. “Zonians” are U.S. citizens with a rich and interesting history who lived in the Canal Zone during the time of the US occupation of Panama.
  12. Panama has well preserved indigenous populations that welcome visitors into their communities.
  13. The Embera Dura indigenous societies have two villages conveniently located outside of Panama City where you can see all kinds of wildlife in the Chagres National Park.
  14. The Kuna Yala are an autonomous indigenous society who are living virtually isolated in their island society and customs.
  15. In a short 1.5hr drive, you can swim in both the Caribbean & Pacific Ocean all in the same day.
  16. You can dance the night away to salsa and reggaeton on the colorful Calle Uruguay.
  17. At FSU-Panama, you can take courses in English with Panamanian students taught by distinguished professors from all over the world!
  18. Panama’s currency is the Balboa which has the same value as the US dollar
  19. There is potable water throughout all of Panama which has been qualified as one of the purest in the world.
  20. Panama City taxis are inexpensive and easy to find.
  21. Panama is divided into nine provinces with their respective capitals.
  22. Panama has the largest merchant marine registry in the world.
  23. Panama experiences a tropical climate where temperature range from 80-90 degrees Farenheit.
  24. Dry Season: Boasts lots of sun from December to April.
  25. Rainy Season: May – November


Author: International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Since 1987, International Studies Abroad (ISA) has provided college students in the United States and Canada the opportunity to explore the world. ISA offers a wide variety of study abroad programs at accredited schools and universities in 73 program locations throughout the world.