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Cornell Global Program | Cuba Research Program

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Havana, Cuba
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Fall Semester
Spring Semester

Students affiliate with research labs at the University of Havana (see below) and take the equivalent of 8 credits of directed research or 4 credits of research and a course in the Faculty of Biology.  Students then take their remaining courses through the University of Havana's courses for foreigners or regular university courses.

There are several research groups to choose from (depending on availability):

  • Group of Ecology of invertebrates
    • Working mainly with lepidopterans and terrestrial insects
  • Group of Birds Ecology
    • Mainly birds in wetlands
  • Group of Vertebrate Ecology
    • Mainly working with amphibians and reptiles
  • Group of Microbial Biotechnology in the Department of Microbiology 
    • focused on environmental bioremediation with the use of microorganisms
  • Group of Plant Physiology
    • focused on the effect of different abiotic stress in corps of economical interest
  • Center for Protein Studies
    • CPS is devoted to the structural and functional characterization of proteases, proteases inhibitors and citolysins mainly from marine invertebrates and microorganisms and the use of liposomes as immunoadyuvants.

Courses available to students with SPAN 1230 or above
Students take a Spanish language class and choose from the electives listed via the link above.

Courses available to students who are eligible to take 3000-level SPAN courses
Students choose from the Spanish and Area Studies courses as well as regular university courses listed via the link above.

Student Life

Cornell has partnered with Academic Programs International (API) to provide housing, orientation, on-site director, round-trip airfare from Miami-Havana, visa assistance, activities and excursions.  For a description of what is included, click here.  Please note that API costs do not apply.

Emily Wood of NYU's Tisch School of Arts prepared a 9-minute video called "Into the Caves" about two Cornell students and their research with bats in Spring 2015.

Relevant News Stories

Cornell Chronicle article

US-Cuba Partnership in the sciences

TED Talk: Where to Train the World's Doctors? Cuba.

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