Why Pre-College in
Gain insight into a country to which few Americans have had access. You take on Cuba from various aspects—its differing social systems, local history and culture, and modern society—all from the lively city of Havana. Study Spanish, get a taste of campus life, and complete college-level coursework as you take on a summer that will broaden your perspective.
Coursework & Syllabi
Your core course focuses on studying Cuba through a particular lens, while your conversational Spanish class supplements your skills with the language you need for daily life in Havana.
Select one of these as your 3-credit Global Perspectives core course:
- LAST 132 Introduction to the Cuban Healthcare System
3 credits | 45 hours
This broad survey course, taught in English, provides you with an overview of the development, policies, and practices of the Cuban health system. Your in-class studies are complemented with field-based learning that focuses on experiential learning in and around Havana.
EDUC 140 Perspectives on Education in Cuba
3 credits | 45 hours
Using Cuba as a case study, examine the power of education within a nation—how it advances a society, creates inequity, and influences other political and cultural elements. Your in-class studies are complemented with site visits to educational institutions that encourage meaningful engagement with local teachers, administrators, and students.
This course provides Spanish coursework to complement your daily life in Havana. It is not expected to replace any level of college-level Spanish, rather it is meant to supplement your existing language skills and provide supporting vocabulary for success in your core course.
- LANG 205 Intermediate Conversational Spanish
1 credit | 15 hours
- LANG 305 Advanced Conversational Spanish
1 credit | 15 hours
Unpacking the Cuban Perspective
Cuba, renowned for its differing social systems, is an ideal place to consider current debates about accessibility and rising costs. Havana, a bustling city of over two million, is a complex mix of people, history, and the arts and offers endless opportunities to explore. Your coursework provides the background on Cuban healthcare or education and sets the context for afternoon site visits.
See Another Side of Cuba
Explore concepts from the classroom in the real world. Each summer is different, but you might:
You share a furnished room in the UPEC guesthouse with another CET student. A Group Leader or Resident Advisor lives in the same building and plans regular activities and outings for you and your peers. Your neighborhood is residential and has everything you could need within walking distance—grab a fresh fruit juice at a nearby shop, get dinner and a milkshake at a diner with your classmates, or even go for a jog to the coast. And when it’s time for class, enjoy an easy and quick commute.
Experience Campus Life
Learning to share a space with new people and live without the comforts of home is a big adjustment. And on top of tackling college coursework, a foreign culture, and a new language…you’re in for a summer of learning. But with round-the-clock support from on-site staff and your new community abroad, you’ll go home ready to take on any challenge that comes your way.
Eating in Havana
Enjoy the bright flavors of Cuban cuisine with your classmates. Snack on tostones (twice-fried plantains) and savor ropa vieja, a shredded beef dish simmered in a rich sauce until tender. You take meals as a cohort with the group leader or venture out in small groups within the designated area of the neighborhood. Find your favorite restaurants or get to know the owners of local paladares, family-run businesses that serve homemade Cuban food.
Cuba, and especially the city of Havana, loom large in the US imagination. For many around the world, Cuba is a popular destination with its beautiful architecture, beaches, and amazing music and arts scenes. Find your favorite yucca fingers or the best ropa vieja, a Cuban beef stew. Visit the Museum of the Revolution and then stroll along the iconic Malecon. Follow the sounds of live music to be charmed by the talents of up and coming musicians.
YOUR Havana Itinerary
Summers with CET are packed with classes, activities around the city, and even regional travel. These are a few weekly highlights from the various Global Perspectives tracks to give you a better idea of what your summer could look like.
Out and About
Visit the Cuban Fine Arts Museum with your friends to stoke your inner artist. Go on a guided excursion around Old Havana. Take a ride along the streets of Havana in a shiny 1950s-era car. Hear live music at the National Union for Cuban Writers and Artists. Marvel at the intricate mosaics that cover the walls at Fusterlandia. Every summer the program offers different activities that let you explore Havana, the local culture, and learn outside the classroom.
Away from the City
You and your group enjoy a weekend of program-sponsored travel outside of Havana city limits. Travel to Viñales, Pinar del Río to explore Las Cuevas Del Indio—caves that once served as ancient indigenous homes. Then head to Las Terrazas, a small community and nature reserve that was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1984. Take a dip in the local swimming hole and enjoy the artwork within the community.
2020 Summer Fees
2020 Summer Fees: $5,950
All of your classes and course materials are included with your tuition.
All of your meals are included with your program fees. For off-campus meals, we provide you with a food stipend.
We arrange for you to live with other CET students in a guesthouse. On-site staff live in the same building for round-the-clock support.
We are your support network. From pre-departure questions to academic support to emergency management, we’ve got your back.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue. It even includes evacuation coverage for individual medical emergencies.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
You receive an official transcript from Dickinson College at the end of the program… the icing on the cake for your college applications.
For CET high school and pre-college programs, you must:
- Be between ages 15-18
- Be a rising junior or senior in high school, or a recent graduate not yet enrolled in a college or university degree program
- Have 2+ years of high school Spanish language
Competitive applicants are motivated high school students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, admission decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are still encouraged to apply.
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your current or previous instructors.
Price Subject to Change:
CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control.