The purpose of ISSEM is not only to foster economic learning, but also to enable a rich cultural exchange. Many other activities take place during the two weeks of summer school, which give students, alumni and scientists the opportunity to interact and share experiences.
Outside of classes, students get to know each others through informal events, such as a German movie night, basketball and football competitions between Cuban and non-Cuban students and a student party organized by the Cuban student federation FEU. This students will able to enjoy a concert given of Troba Music (not, as many expect, by Barbara Llanes). An excursion is also typically planned after the first week of classes. For example, students went to a countryside farm near Varadero last year where they spent the day enjoying the fresh air and beautiful weather and swimming. Finally, the summer school concludes with a dinner and dancing to celebrate another successful year of the Havana-Berlin cooperation.
More formal events include the opening ceremony where a lively introduction of the program is accompanied by delightful live music in the great historical Aula Magna in the University of Havana. A special dinner and dance night is also planned for alumni as well as an ICEM reception and dinner for participants.