Student Travel to Cuba Grows Amid Thawing Relations

As relations thaw between the United States and Cuba, Harvard undergraduates are showing an increased interest in the island nation, though some are wary of how the influx of Americans to the country will influence the educational experience there.

Harvard has long maintained a relationship with Cuba; at the turn of the 20th century, Harvard scholars began conducting tropical research in Cienfuegos, Cuba and also invited Cuban teachers to Cambridge for lectures. More than one hundred years later— in 2008— Harvard established a study abroad program in Cuba.

The number of students who traveled to Cuba last semester to study nearly doubled from the previous fall, according to Erin E. Goodman, associate director of programs for the David Rockefeller Institute for Latin American Studies, which runs the program.

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