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Study in Cuba During Your Summer

*Expose yourself to the cultural and educational environment of Cuban society with a two-week, faculty-led study abroad learning experience in Havana and Santiago de Cuba. Students in Education, Latin American Studies, Spanish, History, and others program areas will find this experience abroad an interesting way to live the new aperture and learn about Cuba beyond prejudices and stereotypes. Students will design a project about Cuban history or culture on a topic that interests them. Education majors are encouraged to write a teaching unit about Cuban culture that will become part of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies’ Cultural Trunks. The program will visit both Havana and Santiago de Cuba and will include lectures and excursions. 

Student Abroad Eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines with an interest in Cuba are eligible. The study abroad program is open to students from accredited U.S. colleges or universities who have completed at least four semesters (or the equivalent) of college-level Spanish. Credits associated with this program can also be used as professional development for in-service teachers. All participants will set up a 10 minute phone appointment with Professor Gonzalez-Bueno to speak in Spanish about their interest in Cuba. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Exceptions considered after submission of a petition. The program will be conducted in both Spanish and English. 

Cuban Cultural Experience

The program will take place in the capital city of Havana and the second-largest city, Santiago de Cuba. All of the cultural activities will supplement the students’ learning and help to deepen their appreciation of Cuba. Planned cultural activities in Havana include a visit to the architectural restoration school, farmers’ market, Museum of the Revolution, a walking tour of Old Havana, the cannon blast ceremony at El Morro castle, and a day at the beach. Santiago de Cuba cultural activities are expected to include an Afro-Cuban show, meetings with members of a Cuban dance company and the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, and excursions to nearby cities. Cuba is located just ninety miles from the United States; and despite the lack of luxuries, Cubans are proud of their education and public health systems. Local experts will give lectures about Cuban history, including the Spanish-American war and the Revolution, Cuban music and dance, Cuban literature, the Spanish linguistic variation in Cuba, the Education system, and popular culture. 

Academic Structure

Three hours of academic credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. Students will enroll in 3 credit hours of C&T 497/896 Independent Study: in Cuban Society and Culture - OR - LAA 302/602 Topics in Latin American Studies: Cuban Society and Culture - OR - SPAN 300 Developments in Hispanic Cultures.  Students must consult with their advisor and enroll in the course as directed. 


Students will be housed in double-occupancy rooms in Cuban hotels with all meals included. 

*Next offering for study/teach abroad experience in Cuba is TBD.

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Manuela Gonzalez-Bueno, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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