Pre-College at CET Cuba:
Advances in Healthcare

Epic Summer. College Courses. Lifelong Impact.

Learn about health policy. Practice Spanish. Witness a changing Cuba.

Gain insight into a vastly different approach to healthcare as you explore the Cuban medical system and its contributions to the field. Cuba, renowned for health outcomes exceeding those of the wealthiest countries, 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 and sets the context for afternoon site visits. Outside of class, practice your Spanish language skills during activities with Cuban high school students and discover the intricacies of this beautiful Caribbean island nation.

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arrival date
departure date
program length
recommended credits
application deadline
Summer 06/28/2019 07/27/2019 4 Weeks 4 $5,950
What’s Included
2 years of Spanish or equivalent March 31

Your transcript will come from the University of Havana, with a CET cover letter.

Study the Cuban Health System. Then See it in Action.

  • Talk with doctors at a community health center in Havana
  • Visit a maternal or pediatric hospital
  • Meet with local and foreign students at a Cuban medical school
  • Attend a presentation at the Center for Disaster Medicine
  • Observe activities at a health promotion project
  • Discuss natural and traditional medicine with local practitioners


Conversational Spanish

You are placed into one of these courses:

LANG 105 Beginning Conversational Spanish
1 credit | 15 hours

LANG 205 Intermediate Conversational Spanish
1 credit | 15 hours

Both levels include emphasis on health-related vocabulary. Classes incorporate activities outside the classroom to practice language skills.

LAST 125 Introduction to the Cuban Healthcare System

3 credits | 45 hours

This broad survey course, taught in English, provides an overview of the development, policies, and practices of the Cuban health system. The main historical, social, political, and economic factors that have produced enviable health outcomes for the Cuban population will be examined. Classroom study is complemented by visits and onsite sessions at locations throughout the city.

This course will cover:

  • Community-based healthcare models and outcomes
  • Approaches to maternal health, HIV/AIDS, vaccinations, and cancer
  • The Cuban medical education system
  • Recent developments and international contributions of Cuban medicine

Your Home Base in Havana

Cuba, and especially the city of Havana, loom large in the US imagination. For many around the world, Cuba is a popular tourist 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. Get a sense of history in Old Havana as your guide seeks out hidden back streets to give you insight into daily life in the colorful capital city.

Housing & Meals

You’ll live with your group and group leader in a guesthouse or casa particular in Vedado or a nearby residential neighborhood of Havana. Students will share rooms and bathroom facilities and take most meals as a group in the residence, in nearby restaurants, or at paladares, family-run businesses that serve homemade Cuban food.


Your courses are run in collaboration with the Cuban Ministry of Education and Cuban Medical Services. You’ll commute to class each weekday with your group, either to the regular classrooms or to on-site seminars at clinics, hospitals, and other institutions and organizations related to Cuban healthcare. Daily lectures and excursions will feature a variety of professors and experts, and the core faculty will provide additional content and opportunities for analysis and synthesis of the material.

Out and About

  • Visit The Palace of Fine Arts with your friends to stoke your inner artist.
  • Take a ride along the streets of Havana in a shiny 1950s-era car.
  • Seek out the gems of Cuban street art and graffiti with your group.
  • See the giant portraits of Cuban leaders in the Plaza de la Revolucion.


A Typical Day in Havana

8:00 am Meet with your cohort and group leader to go over the day’s schedule and themes.

8:30 am Dip a Cuban tosada into your café con leche at one of the many cafes on the way to Casa de las Americas.

9:00 am Spanish Class! Learn new vocab related to maternal and infant health.

10:00 am Dive deep into the Cuba’s primary health care system and learn about family planning and the care of pregnant women with Prof Dra. Melba Sosa Leyva.

12:30 pm Cubanos (Cuban ham and cheese sandwiches) and study hall – review your vocab from this morning and put together three questions for your afternoon excursion.

2:00 pm Visit to a maternal home and meet with the doctors, nurses, and patients. Make sure you ask your questions!

4:00 pm Take a tour of street art and graffiti in Central Havana.

6:30 pm Enjoy fricase con Pollo (chicken stew) at the guesthouse to catch up on the day and look ahead to tomorrow.

8:00 pm Movie night: Watch Viva Cuba and learn about the other side of the island.

Flight Estimate

Summer airfare tends to be between $300-$900 on average.


$5,950/ Term

On Site Expenses

Students typically spend about $300 on personal expenses while abroad.

What's Included

Courses & Textbooks

Every course you take on the program is included in your tuition. We even supply the textbooks, too.

Activities & Excursions

The activities & excursions that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is grab your camera.


We arrange your housing in the dormitory with other students and plenty of resident staff nearby.

All Meals

All of your meals are covered by tuition. Special dietary needs? We’ll help you accommodate those, too.

Supervision and Staff Support

We are your support network. From pre-departure questions to academic support to emergency management, we’ve got your back.

Medical Insurance

Comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage is included in your tuition.


We’ll send you an official transcript at the end of the program…the icing on the cake of your college applications.

Visa Support

We guide you step-by-step through the visa process. You do the legwork, but we’ll make sure you have the documentation & information you need, when you need it.

Scholarships and Financial Aid AvailableLearn More

Application Requirements

CET seeks motivated high school students interested in a fun and challenging summer experience. The online admissions process includes submission of an application form including short essays, an official high school transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a teacher. CET advisors are available to help choose the program that will be the best fit for you. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 31. Students are generally expected to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Apply early to ensure space is available in your first-choice program.

What's Not Included

The program fee does not include round-trip transportation to & from Cuba, items & services of a personal nature, and medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided.

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. This right includes, but is not limited to, surcharging students for additional costs incurred due to under-enrollment in any given course.