For the last five years, the IFSA Butler Cuba program has been suspended pending further legislative change in US-Cuba relations. From 2000-2004, IFSA Butler students took classes alongside Cuban students at la Universidad de la Habana, and enjoyed the beautiful, complicated city of Havana. With great sadness IFSA had to suspend that incredible academic opportunity and hope for future policy change. Now more than ever, that change could be just around the corner!
Currently the US State Department is conducting a Cuba policy review led by Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon, and on April 13, 2009 President Obama lifted all restrictions on individuals wanting to visit family members in Cuba and send them remittances (money)—check it out here
While total normalization of relations with Cuba is expected to be slow-going, there is a legitimate chance the United States will once again allow students to study there in the near future. If and when the time comes, IFSA Butler will be there.
So, let’s get talking about it!
US Department of State
Council on Foreign Relations, US-Cuban Relations Backgrounder