Cuba Study Abroad

Study Abroad Cuba
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Experience Cuba Study Abroad
BIO 221 Class Dates: May 15–June 2, 2017 (tentative date)
Cuba Trip: Monday, May 22, 2017 – Tuesday, May 30, 2017
(tentative date)
Trip Leaders: Heidi Leuszler and Dennis Cockrum

Immerse yourself in Cuban culture through a truly educational experience.
In-depth guided tours, shared insights from expert guides, daily interactions with locals, regional cuisine, and live demonstrations are just some of the ways you will immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of Cuba. In Havana, Cuba’s capital city, discuss the region’s conservation efforts, educational resources, and national identity with locals. Journey east to Cienfuegos and discover Cuba’s culture firsthand with a trip to an art studio as well as music and dance performances.

About the Course:

  • BIO 221 is a study of the natural history of Cuba. The course includes identification, ecology, and interactions of aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals. Environmental literacy, culture, and values of the locale with regard to natural science are also covered.  
  • Community Workshop–Experience Cuba is ONLY available for community members who are not degree-seeking students. Meet before and after the trip to discuss aspects of natural history with a specific focus on what you will experience in Cuba. Dates and time TBD.
Additional costs:
  • transportation to and from Indianapolis Airport, passport, and three credit hours of tuition from Parkland for BIO 221 or noncredit workshop tuition (only for community members who are not degree-seeking students).

Application Process:
  1. Contact Jody Littleton for a Parkland application form: Room C126 or or 217/351-2532.
  2. Once application form has been accepted and approved, you will register online with EF Tours to complete your payment plan.   
  3. EF Tours can help you with trip fundraising, through an online donation site that will help friends, family members, and others contribute to your study abroad program costs.
  4. Degree-seeking students: Taking BIO 221 is required for earning trip credit. You will automatically be enrolled for summer. In late spring 2017, you will receive a bill from Parkland College for your class.  
  5. Community members: You will be registered for a noncredit workshop through Community Education.
  6. Early registration is encouraged!  Deadline for all applications is February 1, 2017
Eligibility Requirements
  • The program is open to anyone—student, faculty, or community member—who is interested in focusing on Cuban culture.
  • All applicants will be required to complete an application and interview to determine seriousness and ability to benefit from the program.
  • Degree-seeking college students must be enrolled in BIO 221 in order to take part in the study abroad. All those who intend to apply for college credit through the program must provide proof of a 2.75 GPA and must have completed 12 credit hours of college-level work, including ENG 101. In addition, all individuals who have been accepted to participate will be subsequently required to complete a medical history.
  • Community members who are not degree-seeking students have the option to enroll in an alternate noncredit workshop taught by Heidi Leuszler.
  • Additional booking conditions apply and need to be signed separately.

If you have questions about Parkland Study Abroad programs, or how you can enroll in this course, please contact Jody Littleton.

EF College Study Tours is pleased to offer educational and cultural exchanges to Cuba. EF qualifies for the people-to-people general license established by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury ("OFAC"). Under this license, EF will offer educational and cultural exchanges and conversations with the people of Cuba. The itinerary is subject to change based on day of week and availability, but a complete people-to people itinerary will always be maintained.

Participant Eligibility
Student must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours, including ENG 101, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75.

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