|IFSA-Butler Response to Hurricane Irma|
September 6, 2017
Due to the size, intensity and projected path of Hurricane Irma, IFSA-Butler determined to temporarily evacuate our Universidad de La Habana fall 2017 program. Students will travel with Cuba staff to Mérida, Mexico on Thursday, September 7. As long as conditions are safe in Havana, students are expected to return to continue the program on September 12.
The immediate safety and security of our students and staff are our top priority. The U.S. Embassy’s Travel Warning helped guide this decision, as well. We do not expect long-term program disruptions from Hurricane Irma, but we will continue to monitor the storm in the upcoming days.
Although classes are scheduled to begin next week, our students will be given flexibility to make up any missed coursework. Our academic coordinator at the Universidad de La Habana will work with each student to ensure their academic needs are met upon return to Cuba.
Our Mérida Resident Director will provide a brief orientation for students upon arrival, including safety and security information specific to the city. During their stay in Mexico, students will be encouraged to participate in Mérida’s cultural activities and have the opportunity to compare and contrast their Cuban host culture with their experience in Mexico.