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Cuba: Preparing U.S. Lawyers For Future Foreign Investment, Trade and Business Transactions
Havana, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 11/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission 03/10/2018 03/17/2018

** 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:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:


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 After 50 years of estrangement and conflict, the United States and Cuba have started the process of normalizing diplomatic, political, and economic relations. Over the next few years, substantial opportunities will open up for American investors, business people, and the lawyers needed to facilitate and provide legal advice for trade and investment transactions.

This course will provide an introduction to Cuba, the evolving Cuban legal system, and the Cuban legal and economic framework regulating foreign investment, trade, and international business transactions.  Students will study the Cuban legal, political, and economic system, and recent Cuban legislation and regulatory changes in the areas of foreign investment, migration, small enterprises, and self-employment.  In addition, students will study the major legal and regulatory issues in key sectors of the Cuban economy such as tourism, energy, mining, and agriculture, to help prepare them for advising U.S. clients doing business in Cuba.  The program will include visits to the Cuban Bar Association, a major Havana law firm, the recently renovated Capitol building (built in 1923 after the U.S. capitol in Washington, DC) where the national legislature meets, and a Cuban court proceeding.  

In the evenings, students will have ample opportunities to sample Havana's exciting night life, including its numerous jazz and salsa clubs; enjoy the stunning 17th century colonial architecture of Old Havana; visit a wide array of newly sprung restaurants offering amazing cuisine; attend Cuba's world-renowned National Ballet; and interact with Cubans from all walks of life in the midst of a very exciting historic new chapter in relations between Cuba and the United States.



Born and raised in Cuba, Prof. Alberto R. Coll is widely recognized as a leading expert on Cuba.  He has traveled to Cuba on academic visits 18 times since 1999, most recently in June 2015, developing extensive connections with Cuba’s legal community, government officials, and private sector.  His commentaries on Cuba are often cited on U.S. and international media.  He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations 2000 Task Force on Cuba, the Council on Foreign Relations 2008 Task Force on Latin America, served on the board of Americans for Humanitarian Trade with Cuba, and is a board member of the Cuba Research Center.  In 2010, Professor Coll was asked by the Chicago Bar Association to accompany a visiting delegation to Cuba to develop connections with the Cuban Bar.  The group included 12 judges, including Justice Anne Burke of the Illinois Supreme Court.  Most recently, Professor Coll taught a widely attended week-long course in Havana on the subject of US-Cuba Property and Damage Legal Claims and Alternatives for Resolution and Settlement.   


Course: LAW 593: Cuba: Preparing U.S. Lawyers For Future Foreign Investment, Trade and Business Transactions
Credits: 2 credit hours
Term registered: Winter 2017
Taught by: Professor Alberto R. Coll
Course Description: This course will focus on Cuba’s legal framework for foreign investment, trade and international business transactions.  Students will study in detail the Cuban legal, political, and economic system, and recent Cuban legislation and regulatory changes in the areas of foreign investment, migration, small enterprises, and self-employment.  In addition, students will study the major legal and regulatory issues in key sectors of the Cuban economy such as tourism, energy, mining, and agriculture, to help prepare them for advising U.S. clients doing business in Cuba.

Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.


All students traveling to Cuba as part of the study abroad program are required by US government regulations to use the services of an AUTHORIZED TRAVEL PROVIDER (ATP).  The travel provider will 1) Secure the Cuban visas for all individual program participants; 2) Purchase the Miami-Havana air tickets for each individual participant; 3) Make sure that every student fills out and signs the proper travel affidavit required by the U.S. government for travel to Cuba; 4) Make hotel reservations in Havana for those students who wish to stay in hotels.  
The ATP for this program is:

Mr. Scott Schwar, Director, www.cubatours4u.com

Applicants who have been accepted formally into the program should individually contact the travel provider to make their travel arrangements at:  sschwar@comcast.net  or (224) 829 – 7040, (708) 386-8506.

Regarding lodging, students are free to explore options likely to be less expensive than regular hotels through www.airbnb.com. Airbnb is authorized by the US government to operate in Cuba, and it provides access to reasonably priced private lodgings with hospitable Cuban families.  Neighborhoods that are within reasonable distance of the University of Havana include VEDADO, MALECON, CENTRO HABANA, y HABANA VIEJA.  The Havana public transportation system is unreliable, so students should make every effort to live within reasonable walking distance of the University.  The University of Havana's address is: Corner of L and 27 streets.  Participants should use google map to track the address of the University in relation to any private lodgings or hotels they may be considering.



  • Cuban Bar Association: how the Cuban Bar is organized and structured, and key legal and regulatory issues facing the Bar as it seeks to provide legal services in a changing legal, economic, and social environment.
  • Havana Law Firm: the practice of law and the structure and workings of law firms in Cuba; different kinds of legal cases law firms handle in the Cuban legal system; challenges and rewards of operating in a law firm in the Cuban system.
  • The Capitol (site of the national legislature): how the Cuban legislature functions in the discussion and passage of laws; an analysis of the differences between how the Cuban legislature operates in comparison to other legislative bodies in Latin America.
  • A Cuban court proceeding: students will be able to observe a court proceeding.  Prior to the start of the proceeding, they will hear a presentation on the proceeding’s contents and key issues, and reflect on some of the basic differences between the Cuban and U.S. legal systems.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee.  Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program.  If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available).  If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline.  Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.  Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.


 If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. 


  Questions about this program? Contact your study abroad advisor, Dominique Brown

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.