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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: CU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Core Program Attributes: Cornell In
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3 Click here for a definition of this term Approved by: A&S, AAP, CALS, ENG, HUM EC, ILR, SHA
Program Advisor: Dr. Kristen Grace Curricular Highlights: Natural Science, Research, Sustainability
Program Description:
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Students affiliate with a 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.

Cornell in Cuba - Research Program Flyer

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

  • 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.


Program Costs

The Cornell in Cuba partnership program charges the same comprehensive tuition and fees as other Cornell-managed programs through Cornell Abroad (not Cornell tuition).  Given all that is included, the total estimated costs are considerably less that the estimated budgets for students paying Out-of-State or Endowed tuition, and somewhat higher than the estimated costs for In-State students.  See Cornell Abroad for an estimated budget.

Fall 2017: $27,035
Spring 2018: $27,035
Fall 2016 & Spring 2017: To be determined
-Includes tuition, CIPT, housing, some meals, orientation, organized field trips/excursions, and lab fees

Estimated out-of-pocket costs:
Airfare, local transportation, meals, miscellaneous, etc.


Relevant News Stories

Cornell Chronicle article

US-Cuba Partnership in the sciences

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


For More Information

Stephen Capobianco
Cornell Abroad

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Late applications may be accepted, but colleges typically need time to process your approval.