- Havana, Cuba
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Summer, Winter Semester
- Program Description:
The Havana program consists of one 3-week January session or 3-6 week summer sessions offering academic coursework in history, society, politics, and culture studies. Many of these courses include enticing field trips offering hands-on experience with the subject matter. The session begins with a day of orientation and lectures in Costa Rica before departure for Cuba. The courses for the Havana Program focus on the history and society of Cuba, with particular attention focused on exploring the impact of slavery and Cuba's African roots on its culture and religions, as well as the present-day political and economic factors Cuba faces in its future.
The Havana program offers an unparalleled opportunity to visit this enchanting island and legendary city to learn about its culture and society. It will also provide a unique occasion for understanding-firsthand-the multiple layers of history that make Cuba significant in North America and in Latin America. The courses will examine not only the history of former Spanish colonies, but also the twentieth-century, during which Cuba played a significant geopolitical role. The Havana January session will give you the opportunity to experience the past, present, and future realities of Cuban society and its fusion of Spanish, African, and American flavors to create a rich culture of its own.
Program fees include tuition, housing, program-organized field trips, airfare, and student health insurance.
- Setting Description:
- The capital of Cuba, Havana is a bustling city full of culture, arts, and entertainment that is also, as a result of Cuba's Castro-era relative isolation, surprisingly noncommercial: free of the billboards and the over-advertised feel of much of the rest of the globe. Old Havana is an UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the best-preserved colonial Spanish complexes in the Americas, untouched, (and one could even say faded) with a sense of romance, but also with a very real sense of poverty and the limited means Cuba has had during its more isolated last few decades. Further contributing to the "time-capsule" feel of the city, 1950's-era American and late twentieth-century Soviet-made vehicles mix with more modest transportation on the streets. There is a poignant, fleeting feel to this time in Havana's history, making it all the more relevant to live in and study this culture and society in transition firsthand.
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