Auburn One School Hosting Cuba Exchange Program

BOSTON (AP) – Colleges in the U.S. and Cuba are building new academic ties as tensions ease between the countries.

Several American universities recently have agreed to host exchange programs with Cuba after the U.S. loosened travel restrictions. Those schools include Auburn University, the University of the District of Columbia and the University of California in Fullerton.

One expert compares it to a “gold rush” toward Cuba.

Business schools have been especially keen on the island, in part because it could be a future business frontier for students.

Some U.S. universities are interested in recruiting new students from Cuba and have started to plan admissions trips to the island. The graduate record exam soon will be offered there. But some experts caution the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba will continue to hamper relations.

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