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‘Semester at Sea’ One of Few U.S. Study-Abroad Programs in Cuba

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University of Virginia students traveling on the fall Semester at Sea voyage will have the rare opportunity to study in Cuba. 

Cuba was a popular destination for Semester at Sea until the Bush administration restricted educational travel to the country in 2004. Now the program has been granted an educational license to return, which is a rare opportunity since U.S. citizens are not able to travel freely to Cuba 

"Cuba is 80 miles from the U.S. so the fact that it's one of the least-explored countries by our own citizens because we don't have the opportunity to go there, it's just such an important opportunity for the students that get to have that," said Beth McCarthy, senior vice president of enrollment and marketing for the Institute for Semester at Sea. 

The program will give students the opportunity to compare Cuban culture with the rest of the countries on their trip. The ship will set sail in August and end its voyage with three days in Cuba in December.

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