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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Ramapo College of New Jersey 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission 05/21/2023 05/27/2023
NOTE: tentative dates

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Discipline of Study: Social Work Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Residencia Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Status: 4th year (Senior), 5th year and beyond (Super Senior), Graduate student, Ramapo Alumni Program Type: Study
Program Description:
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Roukema Center for International Education
Office of International Programs

Global Clinical Social Work in Cuba:
A Community-Based Approach

Cuba MSW Group


  • Term: May
  • Location: Havana, Cuba
  • Eligibility:
    • Graduate Students: Enrollment in a MSW Program is required
    • Undergraduate Students: Enrolled in the BSW degree program is required; preference given to upper-class students.
    • All Ramapo College students in good academic and judicial standing are eligible.
    • Students of other U.S. colleges or universities are also eligible.
  • Course Credit:
    • Graduate Students: Earn 3 MSW credits towards your degree requirements
    • Undergraduate Students: Earn 3 credits that can be used as an undergraduate social work elective; can also be used as 3 MSW credits if future enrolled in Ramapo's MSW program
  • Disclaimer: All Ramapo College students in good academic and judicial standing are eligible. Students of other U.S. colleges or universities are also eligible.


Course Description - "Cuba: A Community Model of Social Work" (MSWK 675)
This course will examine the history and evolution of social work practice in Cuba. Students will learn about the role of social workers in health care and the importance of their participation in interdisciplinary work as the foundation of a community-organizing model of social work practice.  This course will require students to think critically, students will draw from their existing knowledge of social work practice in the US to integrate their understanding of how policies, political forces and culture shape the delivery of health care services including mental health and social services. This course will take place in Havana, Cuba, it will include attending presentations and site visits to health care settings such as a polyclinic (community health center), the ministry of work, and a center for people with mental and physical disabilities among others. The experience will include cultural excursions in Havana. 

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  • Meet with the Cuban society of Social Workers
  • Visit a Cuban polyclinic
  • Visit CIPS, a psychological and social research center
  • Visit a senior center
  • Visit the National Center for Sex Education
  • Visit a maternal-infant health care program
  • Excursions to area museums, historical sites and cultural venues in Havana.
  • Las Terrazas - Talk with representatives of a regional popular council and social workers who interact with the popular council (consejo popular). Popular councils are decision-making bodies that mediate district and municipal government. Also speak with representatives of community organizations, including leaders from a local Committee for the Defense of the Revolution and the Cuban Women’s Federation.
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Students will reside in residencias (similar to a bed and breakfast), in double rooms with common space for gathering and breakfast daily.


Program fee: $TBD

Program fee includes: round-trip international airfare; comprehensive pre-departure and on-site orientation; Cuban Academic Visa; health & security insurance; on-site accommodations; all breakfasts and some additional meals; all excursions and entrance fees; and in-country program transportation.
Program fee does not include: US airport transfers; some meals; personal expenses
Payment Timeline
  Application Deadline Jan. 21
  Commitment &
 $500 Deposit (non-refundable)
Feb. 7
  Payment #1: $TBD Feb. 28
  Payment #2: $TBD Mar. 27
  Payment #3: $TBD Apr. 24

Late Fees : A late fee of $35 will be assessed for each payment not received by the payment deadlines communicated to you by the International Programs Office.
Note : There will be a 3-day grace period before a late fee is assessed.


Scholarships are available for eligible applicants:


Professor Dolly Sacristan   
Program delivered in collaboration with Academic Programs International (API)  API Logo


The Roukema Center for International Education
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road - ASB123, Mahwah, NJ 07430 USA
Telephone: (201) 684-7533
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