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Summer: Rutgers- Public Health and Wellness in Cuba
Havana, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Greg Spear
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Suggested G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
Number of Credits per Semester:
Enrollment Restrictions:
Completed Spanish 132 & interview with faculty leader
Program Description:
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The Program
  • Learn about community-based healthcare models and socialized medicine, through coursework and site visits organized in partnership with the National School of Public Health in Havana.
  • Visit government organizations that focus on sexual education, reproductive health, disease control, and mental illness.
  • Experience the benefits as well as the challenges of the Cuban healthcare system, in a comparative assessment of health and wellness as practiced in Cuba and the United States.
Your Host City: Havana
Havana is Cuba's large and lively capital city.  Reopened to foreigners in the 1990s, the city features a booming tourist industry, spreading from the cobbled streets of the colonial Old City to the newer but equally vibrant Vedado district, where the University of Havana is located.  Its many museums, theaters, restaurants and jazz bars pay homage to a rich cultural heritage that highlights the country's Spanish and Afro-Caribbean roots.  Be sure to take a stroll along the historic Marecon, a broad avenue that hosts street fairs and public events with lovely views of the bay.

The goal of the program in Cuba is to provide undergraduate Public Health majors -- as well as students with academic or professional interest in global health -- with an opportunity to learn about the Cuban health system from scholars and professionals.  This intensive two-week educational experience will include coursework in Spanish delivered by faculty at the National School of Public Health (ENSAP), as well as guest speakers from government ministries and community-based organizations. 

The majority of coursework will be delivered in Spanish.  While translation services will be made available by program staff, it is imperative that students on the program have at least four semesters of Spanish language training, and preferably more.  Course assignments (papers and reflection journals) will be written in English, and will be assessed by a Rutgers professor of public health.

The educational experience will also feature cultural activities and field visits designed to deepen and challenge your understanding of Cuban culture and life.  These aspects of the program are a mandatory part of the course, and will be organized by partners in Cuba at both the Center for Marti' Studies, and CIEE (Counsel on International Educational Exchange). 

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about the history, culture, and contemporary society of Cuba.
  • An overnight (weekend) excursion to Vinales, including a visit to a tobacco farm, an underground cave, and a national park.
  • A Cuban baseball game
  • A jazz performance in Havana

Program Dates
Summer 2016
Arrival: July 1
Departure: July 16

Accommodations and Meals
Accommodations will be provided by the National School of Public Health (ENSAP).  Students will stay in university dormatories, two students to a room, with air conditioning.  The dorms are located in close proximity to the classroom facilities where daily courses will be held for the first two weeks of the program.  Service placements are located between 15-45 minutes away from the university.

Three meals each day will be provided in the university cafeteria.  Additional meals are available at nearby cafes and restaurants, at students' expense.

Financial Information

Program costs for 2016
  NJ Residents Non-NJ Residents
Undergraduate $4,956 $5,220

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.  Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis.  For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.