Wilkes University Panamanian Partnership

Wilkes in Panama

Wilkes University's partnership with Panama features exciting opportunities for educators, diplomats, and students.

Wilkes University and IFARHU Program students gathering

At the heart of the Panamanian partnership are the ongoing initiatives which allow Wilkes and Panama to share in each other’s language, culture and people. These include:

This program brings public school teachers from Panama to Wilkes for an immersive experience in English language and American culture. Part of an initiative of Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, the program aims to fulfill Panama’s national commitment to make the country’s public schools fully bilingual. 


Funded by the Panamanian education agency, IFARHU, this program allows high-achieving undergraduate students to travel from Panama to Wilkes to participate in Wilkes’ nationally accredited Intensive English Program and then pursue bachelor’s degrees.


Under an agreement signed by Wilkes President Patrick F. Leahy and Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado, Panama’s vice president and minister of foreign affairs, Wilkes provided educational opportunities to Panama’s professionals doing diplomatic work in the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, the country’s equivalent to the U.S. Department of State. The English for Specific Purpose Program with a Concentration in International Relations was delivered in Panama to 60 MIRE staff members for a full year.

Wilkes has signed agreements with several of Panama’s universities for academic collaboration, study abroad, faculty exchanges and joint research. The universities are:

  • Universidad de Panamá
  • Universidad Technológica de Panamá

Wilkes University would like to continue the collaboration with partner institutions. If you are interested in learning more about partnerships, contact Georgia Costalas, Executive Director of the Centerfor Global Education and Diversity.

For more information on Wilkes University’s Panama initiative, contact:

Dr. Georgia Costalas
Executive Director, Center for Global Education and Diversity