From clear turquoise seas to the coffee farms and cloud forests of Chiriquí, to a humming metropole. Panama can be as chilled out or as thrilling as you wish.
With lectures, workshops, excursions, a design project, guest lectures, and social activities, this 4-week program provides an exciting learning process within a short period of time.
5 subjects focus on sustainable urban development, architecture & design, new urban mobility, digitization, climate impacts, and cooperate social responsibility in urban change.
Within this program you can receive up to 12 credit points. All credits are transferable to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and other credit systems.
The Summer Course “Study Smart” at Isthmus Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño de América Latina y el Caribeis in Panama City, is a 4-week interdisciplinary program for international students and graduates about architecture, sustainable development, and urban challenges. The course aims to inspire and engage with participants in an intensive daily combination of lectures and discussions, excursions, workshops, cultural visits, and hands-on activities.
The 4-week SMARTer Panama Summer School is composed of
The program addresses international students & graduates from the fields of
With the SMARTer Panama Summer School 2019 you will
This module focuses on traditional middle American architecture and the function of public spaces with special emphasis on local issues from Panama City. On the one hand, the city is famous for its ultramodern skyline but on the other hand traditional neighbourhoods like the old town are developing while getting renovated.
The ongoing digitization process is a call for the future. People wish to be connected and online in their homes, work, and also with their city. We keep talking about “smartness” in urban planning, we talk about Smart Cities and the designated Digital City. The Internet of Things offers new opportunities in living, architecture and living in a city.
As part of the Summer School “Study Smart” 2019 there will be lectures on urban mobility issues and smart sustainable transport solutions. It starts with public transport infrastructure needs, over active mobility planning issues and gives a broad overview over upcoming shared-mobility trends.
Smart City is often associated with technological solutions. There is a danger that Smart Cities do not really meet the needs of its citizens and that the public does not accept the concept. Concepts, plans, and technologies should therefor not only be made for the people but with the people. This module focuses on possibilities of citizen involvement, gives an overview to methods and instruments of participation, and shows examples of different participatory processes.
The Student Project is central to the learning strategy within the “Study Smart” summer program. Students from interdisciplinary studies will undertake project work that allows them to integrate learning from the four other modules (Mobility, Participation, Architecture and Public Space, and Digitalization). Designing and presenting a project, with guidance from practising planners and architects, provides the vehicle for demonstrating the students’ understanding of the topics.
Lectures & Guest Lectures in English
Excursions, Workshops & Events
Welcome & Farewell Dinner
Help with Application and Preparation
Enrolment & Administration
Contact and Support in Panama
Accommodation on the Campus
3-day Island Trip
Spanish Language Course
Stay in Double Bedroom on Campus
You can book the summer school either with or without accommodations, language course, or island trip.
There are single, double, and triple rooms with all the amenities, which include: private bathroom, air conditioning, hot water, cable tv, telephone, Wi-Fi, balconies with a view to the inner gardens, housekeeping services, a safe, etc.
In addition to the comfortable rooms, the complex offers shared facilities such as a kitchenette on each floor, sitting rooms, and laundry area, in addition to all the other services on campus.
*prices are per month per person
The Summer School “Study Smart – SMARTer PANAMA” is a cooperation project of Isthmus Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño, Panama City, KARLS concept, Agency for Productive Habitats from Vienna and StudyInBali, organizer of study abroad programs in Bali, Indonesia.
ISTHMUS is an Architecture and Design international school in Panama City that specializes in Design and Architectural Education. The school offers programs in Architecture, Industrial Engineering, Interior Architecture, and graduate degrees in Bioclimatic Architecture and Service Design. The higher education institution has an innovative academic structure and a faculty of high academic and professional level.
ISTHMUS is a member of Panama’s internationally acclaimed City of Knowledge (Ciudad del Sabar), a Campus with more than 280 institutions that work together in the advancement of scientific research, innovation, and knowledge dissemination in a variety of fields – Just a few minutes from Panama’s urban center and right across from the Panama Canal.
KARLS concept is an office for urban and regional planning and agency for communication. We coordinate, moderate, and create innovation incentives. According to the respective project, we provide further expertise, research, and develop independently and accompany our customers throughout the entire process. Our main focus is on digitization in the city and housing. For this we develop our own strategies, concepts, and products like platforms, via the web and apps.
Together with Austrian research institutes such as Vienna University of Technology or the Center for Virtual Reality and Visualization Research Austria, we conduct research in the field of Smart Cities. Our communication agency supports real estate developers in the communication of their construction projects and always puts the topic of future living in the foreground.
StudyInBali goes Panama – In fact, StudyInBali is a provider and organizer of study abroad programs in Bali Indonesia and arouses the enthusiasm of international students to live and study in Bali. We make it our mission to provide support during their trip to Southeast Asia. Together with universities on the island, we develop study programs offered exclusively as a semester abroad or short course (Summer School). Topics include Architecture, Interior Design, Travel Photography and Videography, Fashion Design, Tourism, Sports and Physiotherapy, and Engineering.
With the StudyInPanama Summer School “Smarter Panama” we are leaving the borders of Indonesia. Together with ISTHMUS and KARLS concept, we look forward to a new exciting project in the beautiful surroundings of Panama.