Skip to Content
Programs : Brochure
This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
Engineering - ENG 198 Cuba
Havana, Cuba; Havana, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Illinois applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring Break
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
Illinois Sponsor:
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Program Description:

ENG 198: Engineering Explorations: Havana, Cuba



Set where the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico meet the Caribbean, this nation is just 90 miles southeast of the Florida Keys, yet you'll feel a world away. Although Cuba shares many aspects of its physical beauty with its neighbors—pristine beaches; lush, green mountains; and urban palm trees—its culture, politics and economy are unlike any other. In Cuba, one comes face-to-face with history and learns firsthand how historic events influence the present. At the same time, however, students in Cuba will see daily changes as the country adapts to the new century and prepares for the future.

Culturally, Cuba offers a rich setting for an international student. The country is known for the arts, including the Afro-Cuban beats that dominate Cuba's omnipresent and inspiring array of music, or the world-class movie industry.


  • Good Standing with the College of Engineering
  • Freshmen only
  • No foreign language requirement for this program
  • Passport valid for 6 months after program dates and with at least two blank visa pages
  • Visa will be required
  • Open to Non-Engineering, with priority given the College of Engineering students


The Engineering in Cuba Program will provide an immersive, global learning environment for students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) to study a broad range of topics at the Centro de Estudios Marianos in Havana related to engineering in Cuba in collaboration with the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler).

Local faculty will provide lectures on a variety of academic themes that could include topics such as:
  • The Life and Times of José Martí
  • Healthcare and Bio-Engineering in Cuba
  • Engineering Careers in Cuba: from University to Leadership
  • Engineering: Planning, Budgeting and Managing Projects in Havana
  • La Picadora, a rural farming study
This program includes visits to local businesses and cultural excursions. Visits could include tobacco and coffee farms, privately-owned restaurants, and chop shops.  Excursions could include a tour of Plaza de la Revolución and José Martí Memorial, Museum of the Revolution, Fábrica de Arte Cubano, and an antique car tour of Havana.

ENG 198 Course

All accepted students must participate in various orientation meetings and enroll in an 8-Week Spring 2018 course, ENG 198 for 1 credit (free elective). 


You will be placed in double rooms at casas particulares, rooms in Cuban homes, think of it like an AirBnB, located in or near the Vedado neighborhood of Havana. Bathroom facilities may be shared.

Daily breakfast at the casas particulares and some group lunches as indicated above are included for all participants. Additionally, dinner at the casas particulares is included for students.


For the costs associated with this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the term during which you want to participate. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program.  The applicable amount depends on your financial aid package.  For information, please visit or email



There is a two-step application process:

Phase 1: The University of Illinois Study Abroad Office Application:

  1. Click the Apply Now button at the top-right of this page to apply.  You may only apply to one program per term. Log in with your UIUC netid and password. Once you start the application you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.  
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below.
Online materials are due by 11:59 pm (CST) on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 pm (CST) the following business day.  After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program. Application decisions are released two to three weeks after each deadline.

Phase 2: Host University Application

If you are accepted to participate in this program, you will work with your International Programs in Engineering Study Abroad Advisor to complete any documentation required on behalf of IFSA-Butler.


If you need to change the program you applied to or withdraw your application, please refer to the Withdraw, Cancellation and Refund Policy for the procedure and the fees that will be incurred.

Cuba Combined


International Programs in Engineering (IPENG)
210 Engineering Hall
1308 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 244-0054
Advising Hours:  Monday – Fridays 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (CST)
(closed Tuesdays & Thursdays from Noon – 1 pm)

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2017 10/05/2017 10/05/2017 03/17/2018 03/24/2018
Spring Break 2018 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA