Burlington College to send students to Cuba
The full-time program will include courses in Cuban studies, history and culture, Spanish language instruction and another course.
The college received a license from the U.S. Treasury Department for the program. The United States has had a trade embargo with the island nation since shortly after the Cuban revolution of 1959.
"Now, more than ever, we need to open up the lines of communication with Cuba, and people-to-people exchanges are often the best paths to peace and stability," said Burlington College President Jane O'Meara Sanders. "As an independent, progressive college that emphasizes the dynamic relationship between education and experience, we encourage students to become actively engaged in fostering a just, humane society and sustainable communities."
The program will last for 16 weeks.
Sanders and Sandy Baird, the college's director of international studies, visited Cuba in May to work out the details.
"We were very impressed with the faculty and staff," said Sanders. "This promises to be an exciting program."
"Our students will not only be able to study at the best university in the Caribbean, but will also have the opportunity to interact with the Cuban people, to meet Cuban artists, filmmakers and community leaders."