Selection and Eligibility

Enrollment will be limited. Priority will be given to classroom teachers and other nontraditional students who demonstrate a need for compact summer offerings of this nature. However, applications from all qualified students from any institution are welcome. Each applicant should:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • Have the equivalent of at least a fourth-year college-level competence in Spanish;
  • Be in good academic standing at their “home” institution, although they may not have studied there for many years.

Early application is advised. Students are accepted on a rolling basis, and once the course fills up, a statement to that effect will appear here and further applications will not be accepted.

Non-OSU students will be enrolled through the OSU Graduate School (graduate credit, non-degree unless accepted into a regular program). The program administrators will inform prospective participants of the necessary steps to take after acceptance into the program. The enrollment process is expedited for this program and incurs no additional costs.

The vast majority of the students who participate each year are not regular OSU students. Ages of participants have ranged from about 24 to 75, and they come from all over the U.S.

Students will be registered for 3 graduate semester credits of SPANISH 5797 through regular Summer Term registration. Pass/fail and audit options are not available for these courses.


Application to and payment for the program is handled by EPA! Español en Panamá, whose staff will be our local hosts in Panama City. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all spaces are filledThe application deadline of April 15, 2024 has passed. If you are interested in joining the 2024 group, contact us at to find out if space is available. If you have begun the application process, all of your materials (including application fee and letter of recommendation) must arrive by April 22, 2024.

Click here for the online pre-application form (managed by ¡EPA!), which will allow you to request the complete online application or make inquiries about ¡EPA! or the application process.

Applicants will be required to provide (1) a completed application form, on which they will write a short statement of intent; (2) a university transcript (photocopies accepted); (3) a letter of recommendation from their principal, department chair, supervisor, or advisor; and (4) a $250 deposit, which will be applied to the cost of the program. (This deposit will be returned if the applicant is not accepted into the program.) The letter of recommendation may be sent in by the letter writer. Items (2) and (3) are not required of former SSAST participants.

For questions about course content, credit, or other academic concerns, contact Prof. Terrell A. Morgan at or via text/Whatsapp at (614) 370-0509. Postal address:

Terrell A. Morgan, Ph.D.
Director, SSAST
Center for Latin American Studies
Office of International Affairs
140 Enarson Classroom Building
2009 Millikin Road
Columbus, OH 43210