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Go Abroad: Your International Adventure Awaits


Since December 17, 2014, the US and Cuba have taken significant steps to restore normal diplomatic relations. By some accounts, travel to Cuba has shot up by as much as 600% as a result. The rest of the world has taken notice as they too have stepped up their efforts to engage with Cuba.

While the future of the US-Cuba is relationship is still unknown, one thing is certain: Cuba is never going to be the same again. A new Cuba is emerging. We have partnered with La Universidad de Cienfuegos and others to provide you with unique opportunities to learn, collaborate, build partnerships and to be a part of Cuban history.

Partnership Building and Professional Development

XII International Conference on
Foreign Languages, Communication
and Culture
April 24 – 28, 2018


Hosted by the University of Holguín, The 12th International Conference on Foreign Languages, Communication and Culture (WEFLA 2018) fosters international cooperation in the field of foreign language teaching, communication and cultural issues, through the presentation of research findings and the discussion of professional experiences.

X International Meeting on the Presence of Paulo Freire: A Space for
Reflection and Growth
May 1 – 6, 2018


Hosted by the University of Cienfuegos and the Cuba Association of Pedagogy, The 10th International Meeting on the “Presence of Paulo Freire” honors the popular educator Paulo Freire, Professor Emeritus of America.

4th Workshop of Strategic Alliances for the Internationalization
of Higher Education
October 22 – 26, 2018


Hosted by the University of Cienfuegos, Cuba TIES is a space for international educators to present ideas, forge and expand partnerships based on mutual respect. Click here for more information.

Independent Study/Life Long Learning

Students and lifelong learners can sign up for independent study and take courses co-created by our community with an interest in a specific theme. These courses can be taken for credit with the approval of your home institution, or they can be taken without credit for personal enrichment. The classes are designed to bring students into contact with members of the community as well as academic specialists in the field. Learn by seeing and doing!

CHE 2018
Community | Health | Environment

June 10 – June 24, 2018

Drexel University and La Universidad de Cienfuegos have collaborated to offer an immersive multidisciplinary focusing on the interconnectivity of health, community and the environment on public health. More info coming soon.

Discover Cuba Thru Its Music
In the Works. Come back for more details.

Discover Cuba Through Its Music is a 3-week intensive music immersion program for international students with an interest in studying world music with a focus on Cuban music, Cuban culture, politics, history, and cross-cultural issues.

Course Modules

Professors can design their own study-abroad programs in collaboration with faculty at the University of Cienfuegos by combining our course modules in a variety of ways. The modules can be adapted for short-term or long-term programs to meet your institution’s expectations for contact hours and course content. Civitas GES can complement your community interactions and activities outside of the classroom to meet your course requirements. It’s also possible to create a new course to meet your specific needs.

Talk to us about your interests and we can make recommendations.

Immersion Spanish Language Classes

Designed for Spanish language students at all levels, beginner to advanced, this course promotes language learning in a meaningful cultural context.

Afro-Cuban Cultures and Religions

An interdisciplinary approach to the study of Afro-Cuban cultures and religions, with hands-on workshops at local Lucumí and Congo religious societies.

Practicum in Interpretation and Translation

Students with advanced proficiency in Spanish and English will work with Cuban counterparts to learn and perfect techniques of interpretation and translation in a variety of settings.

Travel Writing and Photography Practicum

Students with an interest in developing skills needed for travel writing and travel photography can get first-hand experience in a workshop environment, collaborating with Cuban students and professors to develop insights into the culture that make their work more meaningful.

History, Society and Cultures of Cuba

Depending on the length of the class and the interests of the students, this interdisciplinary class looks at the circumstances and conditions that created contemporary Cuba.

The Music of Cuba

Overview of the development of musical genres in Cuba such as the danzón, son, and rumba, including key figures and groups associated with different musical styles.

Special Topics in Contemporary Cuba

Depending on the length of the class and the interests of the students, this course looks at facets of contemporary Cuba.

Past Cuba Programs

3rd Workshop of Strategic Alliances for the Internationalization of Higher Education (TIES 2017)

October 23 – October 27, 2017

It just keeps getting bigger and better. We continue to exchange ideas and methods on internationalization, cooperation
and local development.


Cuba Community Health and Environment (CHE) program and Intensive Medical Spanish and Community Health Immersion in Cuba brought to you by Drexel University and La Universidad de Cienfuegos.

6th Cuban Local Development Congress

March 28 – March 30, 2017
Bayamo, Granma

Come to Bayamo to Exchange ideas on Local Development, Sustainable Agriculture, Physical Education and more!

Afro-Cuban Cultures & Religions 2017: Palmira

Experience this unique journey through the history and contributions of Afro-Cuban Cultures and Religions to Cuba.

Afro-Cuban Cultures and Religions:
Santa Bárbara/
Changó Festival

November 30 – December 7, 2016

This special Afro-Cuban Cultures and Religions trip focuses on Palmira and the Santa Bárbara/ Changó Festival. Explore the rich history of the historically rich areas of Cuba.

2nd workshop of Strategic Alliances
for the Internationalization
of Higher Education

October 24 – 28, 2016

TIES 2016 builds on last year as leaders from around the world convene to share best practices and explore partnership, integration and sustainability in International Education.

III Along the Paths of Music
People-to-People Experience

September 25 – October 2, 2016

The Cultural Center of the Arts Benny Moré convenes
a colloquium on Cuba Pop and Rock.

The Presence of Paulo Freire
People-to-People Trip 2016

April 30 – May 8, 2016

Come participate in 9th International Meeting on the “Presence of Paulo Freire”. It is also an opportunity to witness and participate in the May Day Parade in Havana.

Afro-Cuban Cultures and Religions: Palmira
March 6 – 13, 2016

The Afro-Cuban religions and their contributions to the culture of Cuba. This course is a unique journey through the history and practice of Afro-Cuban religions that prepares you to understand and experience Palmira.

Universidad 2016: Workshop on Sustainable Energy and the Environment
February 13 – 22, 2016

La Universidad de Cienfuegos is organizing workshops on sustainable energy and the environment at the X International Congress of Higher Education in Havana, a biennial gathering of all of Cuba’s universities.

October 27 – October 30, 2015

1er Taller de alianzas estratégicas para la Internacionalización de la Educación Superior (TIES 2015) was a bilingual event and the first of its kind in Cuba fully dedicated to issues of study abroad and internationalization.

P2P Trip for Study Abroad Cuba
October 24 – 31, 2015

The P2P Trip for Study Abroad was your opportunity to attend TIES 2015 AND experience the capital city
of Havana. Highlights include visits to:
Universidad de La Habana
El Callejon de Humel
Havana Viejo

More opportunities are conTINUALly under development
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