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Education System Overview

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 892 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in Panama.


Pre-high school (# of years): 9 years

High school (# of years): 3 years

Academic year: February – December 


Structure of the University System


Years of study required to earn a bachelor's degree: 4 - 6 years

The language of instruction in universities: Spanish and one in English

Grading system and interpretation: Public and private universities operate on a 3-point letter grade system. Both are similar to the U.S. system but with different assigned grade points, which affect the calculation of averages.

Degrees offered: Licenciatura, Maestría, and Doctorado.