📖 Introduction

The University of Panama was created by Presidential Decree of Harmodio Arias Madrid, on May 29, 1935. It was inaugurated on October 7 of that same year and began classes the following day with an enrollment of 175 students in the careers of Education, Commerce , Natural Sciences, Pharmacy, Pre Engineering and Law.

The University began to work in the night shift in one of the pavilions of the National Institute. The first stone of the University was laid on October 2, 1947 and on October 9 President Enrique A. Jiménez and the first rector of the University of Panama, Octavio Méndez Pereira decided to move the monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra from the Plaza de Cervantes, then Plaza Porras, to the new Campus, next to what would be the Library and Administration building.

🏫 About Universidad de Panamá

The University of Panama is the first Institution of Higher Education in the country, officially recognized, founded in 1935. As such, it has played an indisputable leadership in the construction of the country. It is the national reference entity, with the largest number of professionals and experts, who have held senior positions, such as the Presidenct of the Republic. Having a presence throughout the national territory allows it to fulfill its mission of training professionals and technicians required by the Nation. Its incorporation into a considerable number of university networks and international organizations, such as UDUAL, Telescopi, La Rábida Group of Ibero-American Universities, CSUCA, among others give it the prerogative of being recognized in endogenous and exogenous latitudes.



Train professionals and citizens grounded in the highest standards of quality, integrity, humanistic, innovative, resilient, with social commitment, critical awareness and national identity, which contribute to the transformation of an inclusive and equitable society, with a focus on human development and with right to multiculturalism, environmental sustainability and the principle of higher education as a social public good, human right and duty of the State.


Reaffirm the consolidation of the university as the main higher education institution in the country, a leader in the training of quality professionals, based on a high teaching profile, relevant research, links with society, innovation, internationalization, scientific, technological and humanistic production, with an accredited academic offer and a benchmark for national development, consolidated as a space for meeting and reflecting on the country.

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🏠 Accommodation

If accommodation on campus is important to you we advise you to arrive a few days before so you can try to register. You can also to choose accommodation off campus, we have an article about that here.

📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required documents:

  • Passport
  • Graduation certificate
  • Passport size photo

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to Global Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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Here is some more information about the enrollment process after you have been accepted.

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