The group will arrive in Havana on June 18th and spend twelve days exploring the city and surrounding areas in order to listen to the perspectives of different stakeholders including: school officials, human health and service providers, musicians, artists, historians, university students, farmers, economists, and political scientists. We will also visit various cultural locations such as: the Museum of the Revolution; Granma Monument; Center for the Study of Che Guevara; Federation of Cuban Women; La Cabaña Fortress; Havana Vieja; Plaza de la Revolución; and the National Arts Museum.
The program is based in Havana, Cuba’s capital, and home to 2 million.
Classes Primarily with US Students
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 Society, Culture and Politics through Film” during Spring term 2013 •Spanish language is useful, but not required – all lectures/conversations will be translated •Maturity, and ability to participate in a rigorous daily program
Students must continue to make satisfactory academic progress throughout the application process and during their study abroad program, and otherwise comply with policies and procedures of the host university, the OUS Office of International Programs, and their home university International Programs Office.
The prerequisite for the summer Havana immersion class is a hybrid course in the spring term of 2013 called Cuban Society, Culture, and Politics through Film. This class uses contemporary and historical film, lectures, readings and group activities to introduce students to Cuba. Although the class is based at Oregon State University, it will be simultaneously presented online to students across the OUS system. Students not attending the class in person are required to use interactive technology (Skype) to be part of the class which meets two hours each week. Outside of the formal class meetings, students are required to watch assigned weekly subtitled films (documentaries and feature films) that are available online through Blackboard. On two Saturdays during the spring term, the entire class will convene at either the University of Oregon or Portland State University (depending on class enrollment numbers) for a full day of class activity (transportation will be coordinated). This type of hybrid learning environment will allow students to get to know each another and to become comfortable working as a learning team before we embark on our excursion to Cuba in the summer of 2013. Students will earn 4 credits for this class.
Students have a unique opportunity to learn about Cuba through this study program in summer 2013. As a participant in the course, you will engage in an active daily program of study, with visits to museums, art galleries, and sites of historic and cultural significance. You will encounter the vibrancy of Havana and its surroundings while exploring the cultural, historical and political landscape through conversations with local people and lectures from local experts. From this experience, and the course work you complete, you will gain an understanding of Cuba’s special place on the world stage, and an appreciation of the rich cultural background of this close Caribbean neighbor.
To prepare for the field program, students are required to complete Cuban Society, Culture and Politics through Film, an online course which will introduce students to present-day Cuba through documentaries, popular films, and accompanying reading.
The program costs for Cuba:
$970 academic fees for 10 undergraduate credits in the spring and summer course
$3190 per student program operations fee, which includes:
The program is based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts during the Shore component. During the Sea component, the sail boat destinations include a variety of locations in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean: Honolulu, Hawaii; Tahiti, French Polynesia; San Fransisco and San Diego, United States; Key West, United States and St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands.
SEA Semester is a 12-week or 8-week study abroad program for undergraduates that combines academic study on shore with a sailing research voyage at sea. Each SEA Semester includes foundational coursework in oceanography, maritime studies, and nautical science, and is designed to offer a multidisciplinary platform from which to study our oceans. 17-18 credits are offered through Boston University. For more details, clieck here. For a schedule of all the various voyages, click here.
Costs vary for each different voyage. Click here to view costs.
Over the centuries, Cuba has remained a prominent player on both the Caribbean and world stages. The country has transitioned from one of Spain’s most valuable colonies, to a regional cultural and tourist destination, to a lynchpin in the Cold War.
Relations between Cuba and the United States have been mixed over the years. In 1898, the disputed sinking of the U.S.S. Maine precipitated the Spanish-American War, which saw Cuba freed from its Spanish colonial master (a title temporarily assumed by the U.S.), eventually gaining independence in 1902.
For decades thereafter Cuba was regarded as a tourist haven up through the end of the Second World War. The tumultuous period of the 1950s resulted in many Cubans migrating to the U.S., settling large communities in places like Florida and New York. Following the 1959 revolution, the failed “Bay of Pigs Invasion,” and the Cuban Missile Crisis, American tourism and investment were heavily restricted.
While seemingly distant – Cuba and the U.S. are separated by a mere 90 miles of water – the two countries are divided more by politics than geography. As it moves into the 21st century, Cuba is adapting to changing political and economic realities at home and abroad.
Classes Primarily with Host-Country Students
Minimum 3.0 GPA Open to advanced level Spanish speakers (with a minimum of 4-5 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent)