- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - The last of 17 Cuban students taking part in a rare academic exchange has arrived in Miami.

The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba says the final student arrived Thursday.

Most of the students arrived earlier in January and have already begun classes at Miami Dade College.

The foundation is paying for the students’ tuition, lodging, meal and transportation costs. All of the students are dissidents.

Though groups of U.S. students routinely travel to the island to participate in licensed academic exchanges, Cuban students rarely study in the U.S.

The Cuban students are taking classes in English, computing, business and other subjects. All are required to return to Cuba when the six-month program is complete.

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