On Feb. 3, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Proclamation 3447, which commenced a trade embargo against Cuba and essentially ended free access to a nation 90 miles south of Key West, Fla. In 2015, President Barack Obama ordered the loosening of restrictions and the U.S. Embassy reopened in the Communist nation after a 53-year absence.As relations between the nations improve, Xavier’s Division of Business Professor Mark Quinn and the Center for Intercultural and International Programs Director Torian Lee joined with Spanish Studies Abroad to put together a summer program for XU students.

Based in Havana, Cuba, the program will be May 29-June 24, 2016. The cost of the trip is $3,275, plus air fare, and includes lodging, admission fees and three-credit hours for an introductory course on entrepreneurship, Quinn said. Partial scholarships for travel expenses are available. Students must have a valid passport and required travel documents, he added. Quinn selected Cuba as a study abroad destination “because it’s an opportunity to visit a country that has been a mystery since 1959,” when Fidel Castro overthrew the existing government and established a Communist dictatorship. While Lee has visited Cuba, it will be Quinn’s first.

“The itinerary includes daily lectures by me and guest speakers in the morning,” Quinn said. “The afternoon will be spent on field trips to health centers, schools, museums, the U.S. Embassy, the Cuban Foreign Investment office, the Chamber of Commerce, and service learning with a school that teaches young Cubans about careers in tourism.”For more information about the Cuba Study Abroad, contact Quinn via email at mquinn@xula.edu.

Study in Cyprus, Rome,Vietnam/Thailand, Costa Rica
Lee said CIIP hosts a study abroad and passport fair on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University Center. In addition to details about the Cuba exchange, Lee said more than 20 study abroad companies will be set up on the first floor with details about internships, service learning, summer, semester and year-long study opportunities. The U.S. Postal Service will be on site to answer questions and process passport applications for those who have a certified birth certificate and valid photo ID.

In addition to Cuba, Xavier students will learn about opportunities to study in Cyprus, Vietnam and Thailand, Rome and Costa Rica. Complete information will be available during the fair, when course professors will be on hand to discuss opportunities. Vietnam and Thailand information will be shared Jan. 27 from 5-6 p.m. in the NCF, room 104. 

The CIIP office is located in the St. Joseph Student Resource Building, room 312, and has complete details about travel abroad opportunities, financial support, and academic credits. Call 504.520.5491 for information

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