Program Information
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Winter 2018: Panama DLLC
January 01, 2018 - February 01, 2018
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
03/15/2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PMOCL 202
03/15/2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PMOCL 202
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
10/13/2017 6:30 PM - 7:30 PMMDH 102
12/01/2017 6:30 PM - 7:30 PMMDH 102
Health Meetings - attend one of the following:
09/26/2017 2:30 PM - 3:30 PMStudent Health Conference Room
10/11/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AMStudent Health Services Conference Room
Program Notes
Special requirements: A digital video camera will be required for the video blog assignments in both SPAN306 and SPAN3676.

NOTE: Students are encouraged to bring their laptops to facilitate the completion of video blog assignments. A commitment to speak only Spanish throughout the program is a requirement for application/participation on this program. Students accepted into this program will be asked to sign a ‘language pledge’. An oral proficiency assessment must be completed prior to scheduling the admission interview. To purchase and schedule your OPI or Versant tests you may visit one of the following sites: (Versant Test, non-refundable cost: $39.95) or (OPI, non-refundable cost: $139). The focus of this program is the development of Advanced Speaking Skills, it is imperative that students who join the program are at least at the Intermediate-Mid level of oral proficiency as measured by ACTFL's OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) or the Versant Spanish Speaking Test (minimum score: 45 points). Students who do not achieve at least the minimum score will not be admitted to the program.Achievement of the minimum score does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Program Description
Study Spanish in Panama City, the capital of the most prosperous, dynamic and cosmopolitan Central American country. Panama City has a very warm climate and is close to many interesting and beautiful sites. For five weeks this winter, you will stay with Spanish-speaking host families and take classes at one of the best schools in the Central America: The Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá.The program has been designed as a full language-immersion experience for intermediate and/or advanced students of Spanish. Through class work and interaction with the local community, you will have a unique opportunity to improve your oral communication skills, and to enhance your familiarity with Latin American culture. In addition to regular academic work, you will have the chance to participate in service-learning tasks at orphanages and schools in Panama City. These service-learning activities will allow you to interact directly with Panamanian children, practice your language skills, and most importantly, give back to the local community. The Panama program features homestay housing, with double (or in a few cases, triple) accommodations in neighborhoods close to the Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá. Host families provide two meals per day (breakfast and dinner), along with WiFi and access to laundry facilities. Cultural visits that are part of courses offered on this program (such as a tour of the Panama Canal) are included in the program fee, as well as ground transportation from and to the Tocumen airport in Panama City and transportation from the Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá to the Service Learning site.

1) This program features four free weekends to maximize your interaction with your host family, and to allow you to explore the many attractions offered by this beautiful Central American country according to your own interests and preferences.

2) Since the focus of this program is the development of Advanced Speaking Skills, it is imperative that students who join the program are at least at the Intermediate-Mid level of oral proficiency as measured by ACTFL's OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) or the Versant Spanish Speaking Test (minimum score: 45 points). Students who do not achieve at least the minimum proficiency score listed above will not be admitted to the program.

The Program Fee includes housing, all program-related events and excursions, some meals, in-country transportation and international medical insurance.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Panama, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Panama City. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare.
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
All students must enroll in at least 7 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
SPAN 306-073: Practical Oral/Written Expression (3 credits)
This course is designed to develop linguistic functions, such as supporting opinions and hypothesizing, as well as other communicative strategies and vocabulary that are essential for effective oral communication in Spanish in the workplace. The content and general orientation of the course is based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, and the overarching goal is to bring students to the threshold of the Advanced Proficiency Level. INSTRUCTOR: UD Faculty Member/Program Director - Jorge H. Cubillos
Prerequisite: SPAN200
SPAN 319-070: Spanish Internship in Health Sciences (1 credit)
This experiential learning course seeks to immerse students in real healthcare settings where language proficiency is needed to serve the needs of patients whose first (or dominant) language is Spanish. Direct contact with Spanish-speaking patients will strengthen students' language and cross-cultural skills, while immersion in a real healthcare setting will enhance their understanding of cultural and social aspects relevant to their specific area of concentration (i.e., nursing, physical therapy, etc.).
Prerequisite: SPAN 201
This course is an alternative to SPAN 367 Service Learning for Spanish for Healthcare minors.
SPAN 355-073: Special Topics: Survey of Latin American Literature (3 credits)
Selected readings include representative works in all genres of Latin American literature from the 16th to the 19th Century. We move back in time to learn about the writings of the conquistadores and the authors who lived during the colonial era in Latin America. This course provides a comparison of literary works with the arts and unique insights into Latin American culture. --INSTRUCTOR: Local faculty member from the UTP
Prerequisite: SPAN201
SPAN 367-073: Service Learning (1 credit)
This course will give structure and set the parameters for evaluation of the Service Learning component of the Panama program. --INSTRUCTOR: Program Director (Jorge Cubillos) Students will participate in 15 hours of service learning in which they will be helping the community and interacting with the local population in Spanish (task to be determined with the help of our partner institution). This aspect of the course will be assessed through weekly blogs, on-site observations by the instructor, and by a self-reflection paper at the end of the experience.
SPAN 401-073: Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar II (3 credits)
Study and practice of selected problems of written and oral Spanish syntax and vocabulary as well as textual analysis.
Prerequisite: One 300 level Spanish course
SPAN 455-073: Selected Authors, Works and Themes: Panamanian Literature (3 credits)
In this undergraduate seminar we will focus on the masterpieces of Panamanian literature by several canonical authors, including Joaquín Beleño, Justo Arroyo, José Luis Rodríguez and Ignacio de Valdés. --INSTRUCTOR: Local faculty member from the UTP
Prerequisite: One 300-level Spanish literature course.
UNIV 370-082: Study Abroad - Panama DLLC (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale). An oral proficiency assessment (Versant Spanish Speaking Test) must be completed prior to scheduling your admission interview. The access code for the Versant tests can be purchased for $18 at the University Bookstore (go to the Textbook Information Desk on the second floor), and it can be taken any day (Monday through Friday) at the Language Resource Center (basement of Jastak-Burgess Hall) between 9 and 4 pm.

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged.
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by Zoom.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $650.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and CGPS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-May.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • CGPS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,228.00$5,976.00
Final Program Fee$1,550.00$1,550.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$3,808.00$7,556.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$650.00$650.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onApril 20, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 02, 2017
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-May
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Jorge Cubillos
Faculty Director
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
227 Jastak-Burgess Hall

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.