Havana, Cuba


This program is open to undergraduate students in any major. To be eligible, students must meet the following minimum requirements before departure:

•Good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.75
•Sophomore standing by the program start date
•Completion of the course “Cuban Culture, Politics and Arts” during Spring term
•Spanish language is useful, but not required – all lectures/conversations will be translated
•Maturity, and ability to participate in a rigorous daily program

Application deadline: Feb. 1, 2018

The prerequisite for the summer Havana immersion class is a course in the spring term of 2017 called Cuban Culture, Politics and Arts. This class uses contemporary and historical film, lectures, readings and group activities to introduce students to Cuba.  Outside of the formal class meetings, students are required to watch assigned weekly films (documentaries and feature films) that are available online through CANVAS. Students will earn 4 credits for this class.

Program Details: 

2018 details to be available in early November.

Please Look for your Program on our "Faculty Led Program Offerings" site at that time.

*** Last Year's Program Description:

Students have a unique opportunity to learn about Cuba through this short term study abroad program in summer 2017. As a participant in the course, you will engage in an rigorous and active daily program, including—but hardly limited to—visits to museums and cultural centers, art installations, medical clinics, schools, farms, sporting facilities, the new US Embassy, and sites claiming historic and cultural significance. You will encounter the vibrancy of La Habana and its surroundings while exploring the artistic, cultural, historical and political landscape through conversations, lectures and lessons from a diversity of local experts. You’ll inevitably gain and understanding of Cuba’s very special place on the world stage (and in particular its changing relationship with the US), and an appreciation of its people, as defined by the complex cultural, linguistic and ethnic heritage they claim.

OSU IN CUBA 2017 requires enrollment in the preceding spring course, CUBAN CULTURE, POLITICS & ARTS. This course introduces students to Cuban culture, politics (and particularly Cuba-U.S. relations during and after the Revolution) and arts via a combination of lectures/lessons led by invited specialists in their fields, readings, films and student activities. Students will learn about a variety of topics including migration, agriculture, health care, education, economics, religion/spirituality, gender, race, and the arts (literature, music and other performance). This course meets twice a week for two hours each class; Students are also required to attend two Saturday retreats. These retreats are paramount for developing a tight-knit community of traveling scholars; They’ll be used for team-building exercises, activities and pre-departure preparations.

For more information, contact Program Co-Leaders: Adam Schwartz (School of Language, Culture & Society) and Christina Leon (School of Writing, Literature and Film). 

Academic Emphasis: 
Environ. Econ. Policy
Ethnic Studies
Liberal Studies
New Media Comm.
Political Science
Speech Comm.
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Program Administrator: 
OSU Faculty-Led
Program Costs: 

Program cost estimates from 2017:

  • Participant Fee: $3,870 (includes lodging, most meals, group transportation, group excursions, R-T airfare from Miami to Havana, visa, and in-country support)
  • Tuition (6 credits): $1,158
  • Insurance: $32
  • SHS Travel Consultation: $18 (optional)

Other 'out of pocket' expenses:

  • Airfare - $625 (R-T PDX to Miami estimate)
  • US Passport - $135
  • Meals: $50
  • Lodging (2 nt. double occupancy in Miami): $150
  • Personal expenses/ Incidentals: $100

Total Estimated Cost - $6,138

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