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JumpstartTU Abroad is a short term intensive experience designed to prepare new TU students for the challenges and opportunities that distinguishes a TU education. JumpstartTU, an introduction to study abroad is designed for the incoming TU student in order to:

• Build curiosity and excitement about university studies,
• Expose entry-level students to global issues in context,
• Expand their lens on the world and other cultures,
• View themselves as players rather than observers,
• And encourage study abroad while at TU.

JumpstartTU Abroad is a one-week experience that blends learning about another country and culture with field experience with local NGOs and intergovernmental agencies in order to discover global issues in an international context. Summer 2018, up to 90 incoming first year students will be selected to participate in JumpstartTU in Panama. Specific costs and details will be made available at time of application.


Date: Two JumpstartTU Sessions will be offered. Each camp will have 45 participating students:

  • June 8-16

Application Deadline: May 1, 2018

Location: Panama – check back for full itinerary in February

Costs: $250 non-refundable deposit;  $250 additional program fee

Total cost: $500 program fee including airfare, accommodations, in-country travel, entrance fees, three days field experience with NGO or inter-governmental agency and three meals.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available. Contact Shanna Blunt in the Center for Global Education at 918-631-3295.


Panama is the epicenter of the Americas serving as a connecting point between North and South America. The City of Knowledge Foundation is a nonprofit city housing more than 180 NGOs and intergovernmental agencies conducting research on sustainability pertaining to the environment, economics, policy, education, women’s rights and social justice. Located on the former U.S. base for the canal, the City of Knowledge is a full-service campus designed for student groups. JumpstartTU will expose students to the importance of research on global issues, the unique biodiversity characteristics of Panama, global trade and world consumption, and the culture of indigenous people and their contributions to Panama. Examples of experiences include a three-day intensive field experience with TU’s partners, a site visit to Embera Village home to one of five indigenous people, walking tours of the world’s most researched rain forest, sightseeing of natural wildlife in Panama’s variety of national parks and experiences in Casco Viejo and the Historic Panama Canal including the recent expansion.

JumpstartTU 2018 Frequently Asked Questions