• Colombian Flower Farm

    Capstone in Colombia & Panama

  • Barge on a Canal in Panama City

    Capstone in Colombia & Panama

  • Colombian Coffee Plantation

    Capstone in Colombia & Panama

  • Course Leader, Chris Schrage

    Capstone in Colombia & Panama


Panama and Colombia were one time the same nation. At the time the Panama canal construction began, two separate countries were established.  In present day, both countries are emerging as leaders in business and trade. Colombia and Panama are two of the newest free trade partners to the United States.

Participants of this program will gain experience in trade and supply chain in a totally different environment than Iowa and the United States. In addition to visiting the Panama Canal, students will learn about Colombia's flower and textile industries.  At the same time, participants will learn about rich traditions, cultures, and indigenous peoples in order to better understand the relationship between culture and business. 


Course Leaders

Chris Schrage, Instructor

Department: Marketing
Phone: 319-273-2126
Email: christine.schrage@uni.edu
Campus Address: CBB 5

Chris has traveled extensively with students, including trips to Ghana, China, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Chris has taught at the program's partner university in Colombia twice and conducted research in Panama since 2006.  Chis is excited to share the unique experiences this program offers with students! 


CAP 3154: Global Skills (3 credits)

To view the course syllabus, click HERE. Course objectives include the following: 

  • Learn about working in Emerging Markets
  • Understand the importance of the Panama Canal to commerce
  • Assess opportunities with new trade pact partners
  • Adjust to cultural nuances in doing business
  • View unique global value chain situations

Several orientation sessions will be held during the spring semester of 2019. Sessions are tentatively scheduled for 3 - 5 pm on March 1, March 29, April 19, and May 3 as well as 9 am - 12 pm on May 10. Please contact the program's course leader for more information.


  • In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program's course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study. 
  • Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
  • Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
  • Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken the program's capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.


Tentative Program Dates: Monday, May 13 to Monday, May 27, 2019

Sample itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Arrive in Panama City

Day 2: Half day old city and canal tour, including the Miraflores Locks

Day 3: Visit with the Embera Puru Tribe

Day 4: Visit the Corozal Canal Zone, Manzanillo International Terminal, port, and Gatun Locks control tower

Day 5: Visit Maersk Offices

Day 6: Fly to Colombia and transfer to Santa Elena for orientation 

Day 7: Flower farm tour and introduction to the cut flower industry

Day 8: Meeting with Silleteros Association and workshop. Silleteros are people who grow flowers and create arrangements on wooden frames which they carry in a parade at the annual flower festival in Santa Elena. 

Day 9: Visit to the air cargo agency to witness how flowers are stored and delivered; course session on International Trade 

Day 10: Textile production tour 

Day 11: Renault car factory visit, then dancing lessons with Ballet Folclorico de Antioquia (BFA) and night show

Day 12: Botanical Garden visit 

Day 13: Coffee farm visit

Day 14: Activities in the city of Guatapé 

Day 15: Depart for home

Housing & Meals

Students will stay in hotel or hostel-style rooms arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure.  All meals abroad are included in the program cost.  Students are encouraged to try the local foods.

Program Costs

Capstone in Colombia & Panama

Estimated Program Cost:


* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

Click Below to View Detailed Budget Sheet:

Cost of studying on-campus*

*per semester, estimated, will vary per person

Tuition & Fees:


Room & Board:




Personal Expenses:






Source: https://admissions.uni.edu/costs

Dates & Deadlines


App Deadline: 
Friday, December 14, 2018
Program Dates: 
Monday, May 13, 2019 to Monday, May 27, 2019

The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:

  • Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
    • If your cumulative GPA is between 2.40 to 2.49, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (28 Gilchrist):
      • A letter of reference from your academic advisor supporting your pursuit of study abroad
      • An essay, which should explain why your cumulative GPA is below a 2.50, include how your cumulative GPA is stable or improving, a detailed plan for improving your academic performance a strong academic and/or personal interest in your study abroad location and/or course, and a compelling academic rationale for studying abroad.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years old
  • Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
  • Must be in good standing with the University
  • UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
  • Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
  • All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
  • Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.