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Program Description

Overview


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   Quick Facts

  • Study from the ground level the impact of African, Spanish, and American influences on Cuban culture and society
  • Explore this fascinating Caribbean nation with complex, interesting politics and history
  • Enjoy the stunning natural beauty of this tropical island - its beaches and bays, lush vegetation, mountains, plains, and robust agricultural areas
  • Experience the past, present, and future realities of Cuban society

Location



   Cuba- Street 2 USAC
Photo courtesy of USAC

Location Details

The capital of Cuba, La Habana is a bustling city full of culture, arts, and entertainment that is also, as a result of Cuba’s Castro-era relative isolation, surprisingly uncommercial: free of the billboards and the over-advertised feel of much of the rest of the globe. Old Habana is an UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the best-preserved colonial Spanish complexes in the Americas, untouched, (and one could even say faded) with a sense of romance, but also with a very real sense of the poverty and the limited means Cuba has had during its more isolated last few decades. Further contributing to the "time-capsule" feel of the city, 1950s-era American and late twentieth-century Soviet-made vehicles mix with more modest transportation on the streets. There is a poignant, fleeting feel to this time in La Habana’s history, making it all the more relevant to live in and study this culture and society in transition firsthand.

The sincerely friendly, expressive, multicultural Cuban society supports a rich and varied Caribbean culture that is a fusion of African, Spanish, and American influences. Cuban music, dance, literature, cuisine, and art all reflect this historical and cultural mixture resulting in a sensory overload of exotic rhythms, vibrant colors, and tropical flavors. Cuba's natural beauty is as unique as its culture, with verdant agricultural valleys and plains and thousands of miles of shoreline and pristine beaches.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa.* Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

Students will take classes at the Instituto de Filosofia, which began in 1968 and is an agency of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment. Its basic function is research and teaching in Cuban and Latin thought, educational policy, environmental policy, social movements and emancipatory alternatives, integration and cooperation in Cuba and Latin America, theory and history of socialism, democracy, governance, and human rights. The institute maintains close ties with the Universidad de la Habana and other universities in the country, the US, Europe, and Latin America.

The headquarters of the Instituto de Filosofia is located close to the Universidad de La Habana in Habana’s Vedado neighborhood, a jewel of neoclassical architecture built in the late twenties.

You will enroll in at least three and up to four credits as part of this program. At least one 3-credit course is required in all summer sessions. Courses are subject to minor changes resulting from on-going curricular review, faculty assignments, and program revisions. Course availability is conditional on student interest and enrollment. Please visit the USAC website for complete course descriptions.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Course Levels, Credit & Grades
The USAC La Habana program follows U.S. grading and credit standards. Attendance requirements are strict and missed classes may impact grades.

  USAC Study Center ASU
Course Levels USAC 100 & 200 level courses Lower division
USAC 300 & 400 level courses Upper division
Credit 3 credits* 3 credits*
*Courses offered may vary in credit amount. USAC classes will convert to ASU credit on a 1:1 basis.
Cuba- U Havana USAC
Cuba- Town USAC
Photos courtesy of USAC

Housing

Cuba- Building USAC
Photo courtesy of USAC

Program Housing

For your time in Cuba, you will stay in bed-and-breakfast style apartments, run by local Cubans, near the University of Habana in a student neighborhood. This style of accommodation is relatively new in Cuba but has exploded in popularity as an inexpensive and more authentic living experience. The area is only a 5-minute taxi ride to Habana Vieja (the popular, touristy part of La Habana). The Vedado neighborhood is far less touristy than Habana Vieja and offers a more authentic experience; it is also close to the recently opened American embassy. You will stay in double rooms, and there will be a few students in each apartment. There will be a common living space and kitchen so you can hang out together and cook in that area. Daily breakfast will be provided by the landlady of the apartments.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Cuba, individuals with mobility disabilities will find accessibility of buildings and transportation limited. Most roads and sidewalks are poorly maintained and present mobility challenges.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Cuba, there are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTQIA events, but same-sex marriage is not legally recognized.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Cuba, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020
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Rolling Admission 06/07/2020 07/24/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
There are two sessions offered:
Session 1: June 7 - July 3
Session 2: June 28 - July 24
Students may participate in either session or both sessions.
Summer 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed