Burlington College is accepting applications for a semester of study at the University of Havana at its main campus in Havana, in the Spring.
A fascinating destination in the Caribbean, Cuba has been isolated from nearly all contact with its northern neighbor since the 1950s, when the United States government restricted travel to the island nation. Visits and study in Cuba are still restricted for U.S. citizens, and we have been isolated in turn from Cubans. Now, Burlington College in Burlington, Vermont, operating under a license from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control, has created an educational program in Havana, the vibrant educational, political, and cultural capital of Cuba.
Living and studying in Cuba will sharpen the students' abilities to think critically and creatively. Cuba is a nation that, against enormous odds, has gone its own way and has developed a society and culture unlike any other. For students from its powerful northern neighbor Cuba offers the singular opportunity to question, debate, and discuss, to get beneath the surface of propaganda and spin, and to evaluate for themselves the art, culture, history, and politics of this fascinating world 90 miles from our shores.
Cuba Study Abroad Academic Program
The Burlington College Cuba Program will be at the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Havana. Founded in 1728, the University is one of the oldest and most acclaimed universities in the world. Located in the heart of Havana, the educational, political, and cultural capital of Cuba, many of its professors are famed writers and scholars. Students who are accepted into the Burlington College program in Cuba should be prepared to live in a sometimes unfamiliar but always fascinating city and society. All participants will be enrolled as full-time students at Burlington College and will also enroll at the University of Havana. ((The program consists of a total of sixteen credit hours through the following courses:
* A Cuban Studies class designed and taught by faculty at the University of Havana;
* An Arts and Culture of Cuba course designed and taught by the Ludwig Foundation, a non-governmental arts foundation in Havana;
* A Spanish language course the level to be determined by a placement test in Havana;
* One or two electives at the University of Havana chosen from a wide diversity of classes in all fields of the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
Housing in Havana and most meals will be provided as part of the program arrangements in cooperation with the University of Havana. Students in the Burlington College will be exposed to the difficulties of life on the island as well as its joys, especially the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Cuban people. The Capital city of Cuba, one of the most vital cities in the world, and a destination for many visitors to Latin America, Havana is filled with buildings, parks, and squares of Spanish and Art Nouveau design. It is the center of Cuban life, and students will live in and feel the beat of urban life in Cuba today from its oldest neighborhood in Old Havana to its newest in the Vedado section.