Office of Education Abroad Update, February 13, 2013: Issue 10

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Office of Education Abroad Update
February 13, 2013: Issue 10

The Cuba Experience!

Information session this Friday to learn more

Applications are open for our study abroad intensive course that takes place in Matanzas, Cuba! All undergraduate students of all majors are invited to apply, regardless of any previous knowledge of Spanish!  The course provides students with the tools they need to analyze and understand the complexities of modern Cuba. Students will complete three hours of classroom instruction and one and a half hours of publishing workshop four days per week. In this workshop, students will work on publishing an edition of a bilingual book. In addition, students will attend lectures, participate in discussions, and take field trips that will expose them to many aspects of Cuban culture, such as art, architecture, music, dance, film, literature, artisan work, folklore, history and urban growth.After successful completion of the study-abroad program, students receive 3 upper-level credits in Spanish or Literature.

CWRU had the opportunity to sit down with Cecilia Li, a student who had the opportunity to attend The Cuba Experience last summer. She shared her wonderful experiences with us:
How were classes in Cuba? How did they compare to domestic CWRU courses?
My class in Cuba was the best class I’ve ever taken. It was held in an old Cuban publishing house where there were vines climbing through the ceiling in our classroom. It was very different from the classroom setting in America. We were also able to build a strong connection with our professor that we would have been unable to do at Case, because we saw our professor’s fun side and were able to interact with him in a much more relaxed setting. I am still in contact with the professor who led the program.
How, if at all, did your understanding of the Spanish language improve?
My understanding of the Spanish language improved because I had the chance to speak to the locals every day, making it a very immersive experience. However, for those students who didn’t speak Spanish, the language immersion was not overwhelming.
Where were your favorite places to visit? Do you have any interactions with the locals that stand out in your memory?
The beach and Havana were my two favorite places to visit, but it was the interactions with the locals that stand out the most in my mind. We met a Cuban artist on a tour bus who was friendly and outgoing and invited us back to his studio where we ate and talked about Cuba and America.
What was the attitude towards Americans in Cuba?
The people were very friendly and welcoming and I felt safe and comfortable the whole time. I have heard in the past that Cubans don’t like Americans, but I did not find this to be true.Cuba is an amazing country but I feel that students don’t take the opportunity to study there because of negative stereotypes. I hope that more students and professors from CWRU have the chance to visit Cuba. 
What suggestions do you have for people planning on traveling to or study in Cuba, or people thinking about studying abroad in general?What is your biggest takeaway from your time in Cuba?
It is definitely worth experiencing, even if at first it seems too expensive. Bring a Camera with you,take food that you like but can’t get abroad (peanut butter, Kit Kats), and keep a diary!There is a whole world beyond the United States and by visiting new countries and meeting the locals it will give you and entirely new world perspective.
For another perspective on the program, check out Xian Huang’s photo essay on our Student Experiences page:

To explore all your options for study abroad, visit our website at and start your program search today.

Announcements and Events from The Office of Education Abroad

Information Session this Friday!  February 15th, 12:45PM-1:30PM in Tomlinson 135 on The Cuba Experience, 3 credit May Term course
Travel Dates: May 13 - May 31, 2013,  Cost:  $2550.00, includes flights, Housing, In-country transportation, Insurance, some meals. 
This is a three–week study abroad intensive course that takes place at Editorial Vigía, in Matanzas, Cuba. The course combines the unique advantages of a total immersion environment in Spanish with a classroom curriculum that includes conversation practice and study of relevant cultural, literary and historical issues. Students complete three hours of classroom instruction and an hour and a half of publishing workshop four days per week.  In this workshop, they work in the edition of a bilingual book.  In addition, they participate in organized visits to historic sites and museums connected to the culture curriculum. The focus of the culture curriculum is the study of Cuban history and culture through its literature, visual arts, films, and music.  After
applying and being accepted in the program, students meet for personal advising with the program director and attend four different one hour orientation-information meetings in the spring semester.  After successful completion of the study-abroad program, students receive 3 upper-level credits in Spanish.  The course is interdisciplinary in approach and provides students with the tools they need to analyze and understand the complexities of modern Cuba. Students will have formal classes taught by their professor and talks and meetings with specialists on Cuban literature, art, architecture, history and other aspects of culture and society. In addition, they will attend lectures, participate in discussions, and take field trips that will expose them to many aspects of Cuban culture, such as art, architecture, music, dance, film, literature, artisan work, folklore, history and urban growth.
February 22, 2013 12:45PM-1:30PM, Information Session in Tomlinson 135 on The Department of Bioethics' Summer II course: BETH 315/415: Global Health - India, Hyderabad
Monday, July 22-Saturday, August 3, 2013, Instructors: Nicole Deming, J.D., M.A., Gopal Yadavalli, M.D.  The course provides a combined education in the academic and international worlds.  This program:  Offers students an in-depth study of disease in India by examining the historical, cultural, ethical, medical, religious, and legal aspects that influence HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and TB; Delves into the ethical dilemmas that arise at the intersection of medicine, law, technology, and culture; Gives a cross-sectional perspective of health care in India; Incorporates the expertise of doctors, administrators, and leaders, both here and abroad, to enable a better understanding of how medicine, law, and life intersect; Provides an opportunity to travel to Hyderabad, India to directly observe Indian culture and health care.
  Click here to learn about our students' experiences in India. Select BETH 315/415 from the menu on the left.  Program Cost: Estimated Program Cost: $2,500.  Financial Aid can often be applied to cover program fees.  For more information about this program, or any of our international course offerings, please contact Michelle L. Champoir-Burke, M.A., Director of International Education Programs for The Department of Bioethics, at, 216-368-5377, or visit

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013, 10:00AM to 2:00PM, there will be a representative from the Tokyo study abroad program hosting a table in The Nord Atrium.  
Program features strong programs in Japanese Language, Sociology, Anthropology, Communications, Gender Studies, etc. The IES Abroad Tokyo Language Intensive Program: A comprehensive Japanese language program, the IES Abroad Tokyo Language Intensive program requires a minimum of three semesters of college-level Japanese or the equivalent. The program is held on the campus of Meikai University in Urayasu,

Program Details

Photo contest
The Office of Education Abroad Photo Contest is open!  Deadline to submit is March 22, 2013.  To take part in this contest you must be a CWRU student who has returned from studying abroad between April 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013. You may have participated in a short-term, long-term, or summer program. However, this competition does not include vacation travel abroad unless it was part of a study abroad experience. International internship and CWRU service learning experience participants are allowed to compete as long as they are CWRU approved. For more information visit the webpage for the
2013 Photo Contest

To explore all your options for study abroad, visit our website at and start your program search today.

Other Announcements and Events

Deadline February 15th to register for Global Issues & Sustainablity in India, School of Engineering and MSASS (Mandel School of Applied Social Science) Collaboration, India SASS 375/575 and EECS 342i
Travel Dates: May 21 - June 4, 2013, Seminars:  March and April  Cost:  $4950.00, includes international, domestic and in-counrty travel, accommodations, meals, cultural and historical sites.  The  3-credit study abroad course is an interdisciplinary engineering and social work collaboration that includes a short-term cross-cultural immersion during May 21 - June 4, 1013.  The course is listed as a Spring II course, registered for as spring elective, with class meetings in March and April and travel to India in May.   Global Issues & Sustainability in India course brings together a social work perspective to the understanding of technical project assessment, selection, planning and implementation in India.  The course is also designed to help students understand culturally relevant community engagement strategies to ensure project acceptance in under-served and developing communities.  Many field sites will be visited in order to observe first-hand the community assessment and development of projects that engineers implement. An example of these projects could include infrastructure to support water and sanitation as well as projects around energy, agriculture, human rights and women empowerment.Financial aid can be applied toward program fee. For more information, please visit or contact  Dr. Deborah Jacobson,

Get to know more about business in China and earn 3 credit hours!  This semester, Weatherhead is offering its MGMT 315 program with Tongji University in Shanghai, China with visits to Beijing and Xi’an.  The program begins with two pre-sessions held during March/April at CWRU before departure for China following the completion of spring final exams.  We purposely run the program the two weeks following spring finals so that students are able to return in time to participate in full summer internships.  Students will attend a series of lectures focused on business in China, tour Chinese companies and visit several Chinese museums and landmarks.  The program is conducted entirely in English, but students will have the opportunity to learn a little Mandarin while abroad.  Students must be in good academic standing to participate, but there are no prerequisites and students of any major are welcome to enroll.
We attempt to keep the program costs to a minimum and allow students to make their own flight arrangements.  This year the program cost is $1,550, not including the cost of airfare or all meals.  The program cost includes hotel, airport transportation, local transportation, fees for professional and cultural visits, some meals and trip to Beijing and Xi’an (transportation, hotel, and any prearranged activities/visits).  Because students register for the course as part of their spring load, there is no additional tuition expense associated with the class.  If a visa is required it is the responsibility of the student to obtain the necessary documentation, although we will assist with documents required for visa processing. Course is open to all CWRU undergraduates.  Questions or to sign up contact Tiffany Welch at or (216) 368-2058.
February 13, 2013

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Upcoming application deadlines

Spring II:
February 15
May Term:
March 1
Fall semester:
April 1
Academic year:
April 1
Summer I:
April 1
Summer II:
April 22

Meet with a Study Abroad advisor

To make an appointment to meet a student abroad advisor, contact:
Spring Break Study Abroad Student Orientation 
SPRING BREAK STUDENTS – You may have noticed on your application that you are required to complete a pre-departure orientation.
If you missed the in-person pre-departure orientation you must complete the requirement online.  To complete the pre-departure orientation online, do the following:
1. Go to
2. Click LOGIN
3. Click your application.
4.  You’ll see several items under Learning Content as well as several Assessments.  You need to read each Learning Content item and complete each Assessment.  To get credit for the pre-departure orientation, you must read ALL items under Learning Content and score 100% on ALL assessments.  (You can take each assessment as many times as necessary.) 
This process will take approximately 1 hour. If you have any questions about the online pre-departure orientation, feel free to email Lisa Brown at
 Please note that this announcement is for Spring Break students only.  Other study abroad participants will have separately scheduled pre-departure orientations.
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