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  • 10 / 02 / 2006

Harvard will participate with the University of Havana in a semester study-abroad program, after overcoming strict federal regulations on US travel to the island, reported The Harvard Crimson.

The arduous process of obtaining this license took 18 months, and permission lasts for only one year, according to Harvard's vice provost for international affairs, Jorge I. Dominguez.

The 46-year old blockade imposed by Washington on the island is now a widereaching set of laws that includes trade, finance, health, educational and cultural exchanges.

The Harvard nespaper adds that ban on trade with Cuba makes for several unusual travel rules in addition to of the required letter-of-license. When returning home, students will be permitted to carry only $100 worth of merchandise, for which they must have receipts.

The Office for International Programs (OIP) instructs students not to take cell phones into Cuba. Cell phones can only be carried in the country with official authorization, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

The 2007 program will run from late January to early May. For these four months, students will live in Havana, the country's capital, which is home to 2.2 million residents and is the island's cultural, educational, and industrial center.

Source: Prensa Latina

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