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Study Abroad Orientation & Excursion in Cuba

Arrival and orientation

  • Group flight (mandatory)
  • Airport pick-up
  • Eight-day on-site orientation: includes transportation, accommodation, activities and some meals
  • Welcome meal
  • Guided tour of Habana Vieja
  • Introduction to Cuban Spanish and culture
  • Discussion of academic differences and expectations
  • IFSA-Butler staff-led sessions on academics, living in Cuba, integrating into the host university and more


  • Visit to Finca Vigía, the home of Ernest Hemingway
  • Cultural activities (concerts, ballet, theatre, etc.)
  • Trip to Viñales a city in Western Cuba: Visit tobacco and coffee plantations, as well as Cueva del Indio, a pre-historic park
  • Trip to Santiago de Cuba: visit the second largest city in Cuba and explore some of the first settlements in Cuba, as well as some of the most historic sites on the island.

Other activities

  • Farewell meal
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