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JumpstartTU is a short-term intensive experience designed to prepare 30 new TU freshmen for the challenges and opportunities that distinguishes a TU education.  For summer 2017, preference will be given to first generation students and the first class of the new President’s Leaders Fellowship Program.  JumpstartTU is designed to:

  • Build curiosity and excitement about university studies.
  • Expose yourself to global issues in a global context.
  • Expand your lens on the world and other cultures.
  • Be transformed as an individual and learner as you begin your collegiate life at TU.

Incoming freshmen wanting to experience Jumpstart TU in Panama need to be the driven, curious and cannot wait to learn about university life in the context of an international city such as Panama.  In addition to cultural activities, JumpStart TU students will also be expected to participate in a three-day intensive field experience with one of three of our partners—Wetlands International, CATHALAC, or Voces Vitales.  JumpStart TU is perfect for the curious student interested in leadership.  Additionally, students will be expected to participate in a Common Reading and other unique activities throughout the week to learn about Panama, be transformed as a learner and leader, and transition to college life at The University of Tulsa!


Date: June 17- 25, 2017

Application Deadline: May 5, 2017

Location: Panama – view itinerary here

Costs: $250.00 non-refundable deposit;  $750.00 additional program fee

Total cost:  $1,000 program fee including airfare, accommodations, in-country travel, entrance fees, 3 days field experience with NGO or inter-governmental agency, and 3 meals.

Scholarships:  Significant scholarships are available based upon need.  Interested students should apply for the program and indicate interest in a scholarship.  Scholarship awards will be made prior to students having to pay the $250.00 deposit.

Panama is the epicenter of the Americas serving as a connecting point between North and South America.  The City of Knowledge Foundation is a non-profit city housing over 180 NGOs and other agencies conducting research on sustainability pertaining to the environment, economics, policy, education, and women.  Located on the former U.S. base for the Canal, the City of Knowledge is a full-service campus designed for student groups.  Jumpstart TU 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 3 day intensive field experience with NGOs, site visit to Embera Village, the Island of Guna (home to the famous Molas), the Barro Colorado—the world’s most researched rain forest operated by the Smithsonian, Casco Viejo & Historic Panama and the Panama Canal including the recent expansion.

JumpStartTU Frequently Asked Questions