Program Details

Students get firsthand field exposure to a multiplicity of perspectives, ideas, and people through orientation, field trips, guest speakers, professional internships, faculty-supervised projects and research, and day-to-day interactions
Havana, Cuba
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:

Program Overview

Program Description:

Cuba is witnessing profound change. The economic overhaul begun by Raul Castro in 2010; the end of the charismatic leadership of Fidel (1959-2008) and, later, Raul Castro (2008-2018) that came with the election of Miguel Díaz-Canel to the presidency in 2018; and the troubled diplomatic relationships with the Trump administration counterbalanced by the strengthening of ties with the EU are redefining the meaning of the Cuban Revolution in its 60th anniversary.

This shifting environment positions Cuba as an ideal site to explore issues related to socialism, economic transformations, race relations, gender and sexuality, informal economies, poverty, food security, and urban planning as they unfold.

The objective of the Cuba IFP is to provide you with a unique research-oriented experience in which lectures and interactions with your peers from different countries provide you with a more in-depth understanding of global problems at play in a specific context. Studying the emergence of neoliberal practices in an allegedly market-less economy, of class and race disparity in a purportedly classless and post-racial society, and of gender equality in a highly gendered reality — these are some of the building blocks of a political grammar the Havana IFP will provide you with in order to ideally make you better citizens of your own country. 

Faculty Country Chair: Gabriel Vignoli

Begins: May 25, 2020

Ends: July 24, 2020

Language requirement: Knowing Spanish is a plus, but it is not a precondition for acceptance. If not already fluent, students are encouraged to take Spanish classes at their home institution (New School students may audit fall and spring Spanish classes). Spanish classes will be given throughout the IFP in Havana, based on the results of a language test administered upon arrival in Havana.

International Affairs Concentrations: Cities and Social Justice, Development, Media and Culture, Governance and Rights. 

Open to: Graduate and undergraduate students from The New School and other universities. Students from outside of The New School should determine how credits will transfer to their home institution.

Spring semester required courses: Cuba: Critical Concepts and Cuba IFP Lab.

Setting Description:
Since its inception in 2002, hundreds of students have participated in our signature International Field Program (IFP) in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. The IFP is a platform for emerging practitioners and researchers to gain experience in the field within an academic environment.
$5,130 USD. Tuition, 3 or 6 credits: The cost per credit depends on your program within The New School. For students outside of The New School, tuition is based on the International Affairs per-credit cost. Please email with questions about specific program costs. Tuition, noncredit: There is a $5,130 flat fee for those who wish to participate in the IFP without earning academic credits.

Additional Program Information

The IFP is open to Master's and Ph.D. students, undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors), and continuing education professionals from all fields and areas of study. The program is open to both New School and non-New School applicants.
Scholarships Description:
Many study-abroad scholarships are available through various external organizations. It is worthwhile researching and applying for scholarships on your own.

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