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UMD-Spring Break: Cuba: International Investigations in Cuban Education (EDHI)

Havana, Cuba
Terms offered: 
Spring Break
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
2.0
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
Yes, see eligibility tab for more details
Graduate Students Eligible to Apply: 
Yes
Language of Instruction: 
English

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Immerse yourself in the complex global education and social issues facing the world today by participating in Embargoed Exchanges: International Investigations in Cuban Education. In this program, you will travel to Havana to engage in international fieldwork and conduct international research related to your academic interests.. This conference style program allows you to engage with local Cuban educators through scholarly lectures and panels, collaborative exchanges, workshops, informal interviews, and site visits to education and cultural sites.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

Non-UMD and UMD graduate students are eligible to apply.

Knowledge of Spanish is not required but preferred.

This program is ideal for graduate students who wish to conduct research in a complex international setting.  Students from all majors within the College of Education will be given preference but the program is open to all majors.. Anthropology, Latin American Studies, and Public Policy are encouraged to consider this program. You must be open to engaging with the complex issues involving global education policy.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following three (3) credit UMD course:

  • EDHI788X: International Investigations in Cuban Education
  • LACSXXXX: International Investigations in Cuban Education (pending) 

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

After admission to the program, you will meet with the faculty director to discuss course requirements and the research component of the course. This program also includes four pre-trip sessions (2/2/23, 2/17/23, 3/3/23, 3/17/23). In addition there will be an online course space to facilitate pre-departure discussions and virtual exchanges with our Cuban colleagues to provide context for the course content prior to our arrival.

The course will meet once upon return to the US on 4/1/23.

You will stay in shared accommodations in a modest hotel located centrally in Havana. Internet access is limited in Cuba. Students should plan to be disconnected from their home communities and use the time in Cuba to engage with the local community in Havana
 

*This program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship. Online applications will open in mid-August and are due Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 11:59pm PT.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule 's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $22
Tuition $2,093
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $375
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $2,990
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $200
Visa $0
Passport $165
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $600
Course Materials $50
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $25
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $4,240

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Tuition remission applies to course costs! 

Dr. Taylor C. Woodman is an Assistant Clinical Professor of International Education Policy in the College of Education. Taylor is a critical internationalization scholar that uses his research, teaching, and practice to challenge dominant assumptions of international education exchange. His teaching and research focus on various areas that include global learning, academic diplomacy, internationalization of higher education, digital internationalization, qualitative methodology, and Cuban education.  He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level for the last decade at DC area schools. Taylor is no stranger to study abroad. He studied abroad in South Africa, Senegal, Brazil, Argentina and Cuba and led his own study abroad courses in Spain, The Netherlands, Ghana, Dominican Republic and Cuba. He is excited to connect educators across borders to share in best international practices of education research. He is happy to chat with interested students in a virtual or on-campus appointment that can be scheduled via go.umd.edu/TaylorAppt. 

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs
 

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Visits to schools, research centers, and institutions of higher education
  • Fieldwork research in a complex and enriching international setting
  • Workshops on education practices, policies and research methods
  • Lectures from Cuban and American scholars
  • Virtual engagement with Cuban facilitated by the Global Classrooms
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring Break 2023 10/01/2022 10/11/2022 03/17/2023 03/26/2023