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EDUCATION ABROAD
By Janet Hulstrand

Developing Study Abroad Programs in Cuba
WHILE SEMESTER-LONG U.S. STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS have been allowed in Cuba

for many years, with President Barack Obama's signing of an executive order in 2011, which allowed short-term programs to be offered, the number of opportunities for U.S. students to study
in Cuba has grown rapidly.
And while the opening and easing of relations between
Cuba and the United States has continued apace in the
years since then, there are still special considerations in
planning such programs.

Considerations

DAIRO MORENO

A class at the
University of
Cienfuegos in
Cuba

"Both the U.S. and Cuba still have significant travel restrictions in place," says Jim Hall, president and CEO of World
Strides, which partners with faculty and administrators to
develop education abroad programs. He adds, "The first
regular commercial direct flights between the two countries only began in early September 2016... and although
the infrastructure has improved, there is much still being
developed and refined concerning U.S.-Cuban travel."
"The recent influx of visitors from the U.S. is causing
a strain in Cuba, particularly in Havana," says Erika Ryser
Garcia, assistant vice president of program management
and development at the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler
University (IFSA-Butler). "Hotel rooms are hard to find,
there are not enough buses to meet the demand, translators
are stretched thin. The fast pace of changes inside Cuba,

and travel issues such as dealing with visas, make it challenging to know what you need and how to get it. It requires
staying constantly tuned in to changes as they occur."
Establishing a new program in Cuba also can be challenging, Garcia says, because many of the well-known
institutions in Cuba are already full, with as many
partnerships as they can take on. But, she adds, "Many
lesser-known institutions, in and out of Havana, are of
extremely high quality, and new programs are encouraged
to seek them out for partnership." She adds, "IFSA-Butler
is helping institutions overcome hurdles to establishing
new programs by collaborating on customized student
and faculty experiences." 
"I think that one of the key challenges to providing programs in Cuba is the discrepancy between our perception
of policy changes and actual infrastructure," says Beth
Laux, director of learning abroad in the University of Utah's
Office for Global Engagement. "It's important to remember
that while the interpretation of U.S. and Cuban policy is
changing, the infrastructure to support those changes still
has to be built." For example, Laux explained, some of the

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - January/February 2017

From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 1
International Educator - January/February 2017 - From the Editor
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 3
International Educator - January/February 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 5
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 6
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 7
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - 9
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 10
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 11
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Voices
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - 15
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Act Globally
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Tradition and History
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Health and Insurance
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - 41
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - 53
International Educator - January/February 2017 - View From Out Here
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