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UMD-Winter: Cuba: Critical Cultures in Contemporary Cuba (SPAN/LASC)

Havana, Cuba
Matanzas, Cuba
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Cuba 2018
This course will focus on Havana as the site of a cultural and intellectual experience embedded in what has been known as the "Cuban Revolution". One of the signature cities of the Caribbean, Havana has a tropical climate, a breathtaking architecture and an intense cultural life. Havana is the capital and largest city of the island nation of Cuba, located just 90 miles from Key West, Florida. Site visits within the city as well as trips to Matanzas and Varadero, with their distinctive localities and rich history, will stimulate your sense of history and broaden your notions of the cultural and political complexities associated with this Caribbean nation. The center piece of our academic journey will be the examination of crucial documents and artistic expressions from the heyday of the Cuban Revolution and contemporary times.

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.

UMD and non-UMD freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

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

  • SPAN448: Critical Cultures in Contemporary Cuba. An Introduction to the Cuban Revolution
  • SPAN699: Critical Cultures in Contemporary Cuba. An Introduction to the Cuban Revolution
  • LASC369N: Critical Cultures in Contemporary Cuba. An Introduction to the Cuban Revolution 

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

In Havana, you will be placed in host family houses. Host families will provide daily breakfast and dinner. You will have your own room and access to laundry, Internet, and phone. (No internet)

Costs reflected for Winter 2020. Costs will be updated for Winter 2023 mid-August.
*Please note this program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship. Online applications are now open and the deadline is Monday, August 1, 2022 at 11:59pm Pacific Time (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. 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 $45
Tuition $2,970
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.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $100
Visa $0
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $600
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $100
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

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 cancelation due to low enrollment.

Chris Lewis is the Undergraduate Advisor and a Doctoral Candidate in Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was the assistant director in 2019 for the Havana, Cuba program in 2019 and is looking forward to going back! He has also taken students to study abroad in Mexico, where he lived for two years. His research interests include Contemporary Caribbean Literature and Culture, Body Politics, and questions of representation and Performance studies. 

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:

  • Cuban film screenings
  • Tours of Old Havana and the boardwalk
  • Visit Matanzas City and the "Slave Route Museum"
  • Group visit to Varadero Beach 
  • Depending on what is in production, we will take advantage of local theaters and the Cuban National Ballet to get a sense of the artistic and cultural pulse of the city.

*Please note we will need your passport information by October 1st to confirm a visa.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2023 10/01/2022 10/11/2022