Cuba: Culture, History and Politics

Next Offered: May 12-May 30, 2020
Application Deadline: February 10, 2020

Deposit Deadline: February 24, 2020


STA 330 Cuba: Culture, History, and Politics is a unique interdisciplinary course offered by Dominican University in collaboration with FLACSO-CUBA and the University of Havana. Course participants will be spend two weeks in the capital city of Habana, learning about the country’s pre-and post-colonial and revolutionary history, contemporary political and economic system, cultural landscape including music, art, and religion, and social institutions including schools, medical systems, and urban farming. They will also travel to Barcoa and Santiago de Cuba.

Academic Program

This six-credit study abroad course is offered during Summer Session I, 2020. The in-country trip is preceded by mandatory pre-trip classroom sessions and orientation meetings, all on the campus of Dominican University. In Cuba, we will be based in Havana, the capital of Cuba, with excursions to the countryside. 

  • Fulfills the multi-cultural requirement for Dominican students. 
  • Fulfills requirements for the Political Science, Sociology, and Study of Women and Gender majors.
  • Currently enrolled students may not opt for the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for this course.
  • Please see advisor for details.
Program Details
  • The course will be based in Havana, the capital city of the country. Course participants will attend morning lectures given by FLACSO at the University of Havana and then participate in site visits in the afternoon. Themes will include: economics, democracy, social development, health, gender, Afro-Cuban religious expression, agriculture, and Cuban-US relations.
  • Havana highlights: 
On site lectures led by national experts: Havana Vieja, Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro, National Museum of Art, Hemingway’s Cuban home Finca Vigía,
  • Visits to social institutions: local political offices, health centers, maternity home, urban farms Day trip to Soroa, Pinar del Rio – Located in the Sierra del Rosario mountain range in an internationally protected Biosphere Reserve participants can swim in a waterfall, view the orchids, and hike on park trails.
Cost and Financial Aid
Estimated Costs
  • Currently Dominican student, faculty, staff and alums: $4450 ( includes housing, group excursions, all meals, in-country transportation and international airfare). Tuition for six credits is included.
  • General Public: $4600 (includes items listed above). Tuition for six auditing credits included.
  • Personal expenses: $400 (estimated)

Due to fluctuation of exchange rates, the cost of the program is subject to change. 

Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Existing Financial Aid applies to study abroad programs. Consult with Financial Aid regarding your aid and loan eligibility for this short term program.
  • All students should apply to Dominican University's Excellence in Experiential Learning Awards (ExcEL) to earn up to $2000 off the cost of the program
Requirements and Eligibility
  • Freshman, sophomore, junior or senior standing, qualified adults.
  • 2.7 DU GPA.
  • No prior knowledge of Spanish required.
  • Students must attend at least one information session.
  • Completed application packet: application form, recommendation forms, essay
  • Medical form due at time of deposit
Excursions, Housing and Transportation

Participants will not be permitted to travel independently outside of Havana.


In Cuba, students will live in guesthouses and small hotels, with two to three sharing a room with a private bath. Breakfast and most meals are included.


Group flight arranged by program director who will accompany the group.

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