Gabriela Lomba ‘14 is studying at Universidad de la Habana during the spring semester of her junior year at Haverford College, where she is completing her Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature with a minor in Education. The Institute for Study Abroad-Butler (IFSA) offers this singular opportunity through the Haverford College Study Abroad program.
Cuba has opened up since the restoration of U.S./Cuba diplomatic relations in 2015 and the ease on travel restrictions in 2016. These monumental changes in international relations provide new opportunities for students like Robinson alumna, Gabriela Lomba ’14. This amazing educational opportunity allows her to experience with Cuba’s unique (and often obscured) history.
She will learn firsthand how historic events influence the present. At the same time, however, students in Cuba will experience how the country is adapting to the new century and preparing for the future through their daily interactions with Cuban society and people. Culturally, Cuba offers a rich setting for an international student. The country is known for the arts, including Cuba’s vibrant musical tradition, literature and the world-class movie industry.
All University of Havana courses are open to these foreign exchange students. Although most students take classes in the Humanities or Social Sciences, courses are also available in gender studies, economics, and natural sciences.
Congratulations, Gaby! Keep on spreading that Robinson spirit of inquiry and scholarship