Johns Hopkins to Offer Study Abroad Program in Cuba

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Normalizing relations between Cuba and the U.S. are opening up all sorts of new possibilities (remember those non-stop flights between BWI and Havana?). Now Johns Hopkins is taking advantage of the changing status of Cuba by offering a semester-long study abroad program on the island, in partnership with a consortium of other schools.

Before this development, Hopkins students were actually among the few U.S. students to travel to Cuba for study abroad, thanks to a two-week immersion course offered during the school’s January Intersession program. The new program, offered through the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA), expands on that by offering a full semester of study in Havana. A half-dozen other U.S. universities, mostly Ivies, are also involved in CASA: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Northwestern, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Students in the CASA program will take Spanish-language classes at the University of Havana, as well as special courses designed for them at the CASA program center. They’ll live in a newly remodeled residency center nearby.

The first Hopkins students will head to Cuba in Spring 2016.

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