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Program Overview

Program Overview

Spend four weeks immersed in Cuban culture, studying and getting to know the capital city of Havana—from the UNESCO World Heritage site to its many diverse suburbs.

Each session offers one intensive course, complemented by a variety of field trips and outings, adding depth to your adventure in this island nation. The program provides the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the culture and society of revolutionary Cuba and explore the impact of local and global dynamics on life in Havana and throughout the country
  • Take your Spanish for a test-drive and hone your conversational skills.
  • Get a look at Cuba off the beaten track with an overnight excursion
  • Enjoy Havana’s world-famous music scene and other cultural opportunities.
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $2,000 per student

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Choose one of two sessions offering intensive courses, developed for CIEE to provide a comprehensive understanding of Revolutionary Cuba.

Cultural Activities

The academic program is supplemented by field trips and excursions to sites of historic and cultural importance in Havana and the surrounding area. Activities may include historic, architectural, or other specialized tours of Havana, guided visits to the city’s museums, baseball outings and other sporting events, as well as concerts, plays, and dance performances. One overnight excursion is offered on each four-week session. Possible destinations include Pinar del Rio and the Valley of Viñales; Cienfuegos (an industrial city that offers a glimpse of life outside of tourist areas); and Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city on the island important for its culture and home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure orientation in Miami, with a group flight from Miami to Havana
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017
$3,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,543
Housing ***
$840
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes 2 meals per day

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$250
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$400
Domestic Airfare *
$500

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* roundtrip airfare to Miami based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer Session I, II 2017 (8 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017
$6,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,703
Housing ***
$1,680
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes 2 meals per day

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$500
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$800
Domestic Airfare *
$500

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* roundtrip airfare to Miami based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Summer Session II 2017 (4 wks)
05/15/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017
$3,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,543
Housing ***
$840
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes 2 meals per day

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$250
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$400
Domestic Airfare *
$500

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* roundtrip airfare to Miami based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • four semesters of college-level Spanish
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for each session is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

According to the US Treasury Department Regulations published on January 16, 2015 ALL students participating in CIEE Study Programs in Cuba MUST receive credit toward their graduate or undergraduate degree in order to be eligible to participate. Because of limitations by the US Treasury Department, students must have the CIEE Home School Nomination application item completed by their home schools to enroll in CIEE programs in Havana.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students should choose the program session(s) based on the desired courses. Students must have the CIEE Home School Nomination application item completed by their home schools to enroll in CIEE programs in Havana. One course per session is offered.

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About the City

About The City

Founded in 1519, Havana is the largest city in Cuba with a population of two million. It is the political and economic hub of the country, and boasts a vibrant arts scene—from the music for which the island nation is famous, to film, dance, and visual arts. Havana’s strategic location in the Caribbean once made Cuba an important colonial possession. The Spanish treasure fleets would overwinter here to prepare for the return journey to Spain. A city wall and a string of fortifications along the coast were built to protect Havana from pirate attacks; by 1774 it was the most fortified city in the Americas. In 1982, Old Havana was named a UNESCO World Heritage site and the restoration process has been recognized internationally for its success in combining historic preservation and investments for international tourism with local community development.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Litzy Baeza

Resident Director

Prior to joining CIEE, Litzy Baeza spent six years as Account Manager, Caribbean & Latin America at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) where she managed a Canadian government technical and vocational institutional strengthening training project in Cuba. While at NAIT she also designed and taught an “Introduction to Cross Cultural Management” course and was also an instructor and facilitator at Metro Continuing College in Edmonton, Alberta where she developed curriculum and taught Spanish and designed and facilitated workshops on team building, intercultural communication, and diversity. Her previous experience also includes four years at University of Alberta International, where she served as a Peer Leader and later Student Advisor to international students in the Visiting Student Certificate Program, and over two years managing ESL projects in Santiago, Chile.

Litzy received her B.A. from the University of Alberta with a major in Psychology and minor in Latin American Studies and completed her master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the Universidad de Chile. She also completed several certificate programs in intercultural teaching from the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication in Portland, Oregon. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Session I is based at the Centro de Estudios de Administración Pública (a research center of the University of Havana) and Session II is based at the Centro de Estudios Martianos. Both research centers, as well as the CIEE Study Center, are located in the central Havana district of Vedado,.Classes offered are for CIEE students only.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Students will live in homestays in the Vedado area within easy transportation distance from the CIEE Study Center and the research centers where classes will be held. Housing, two meals per day, and laundry services are included in the program fee.

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Orientations

Orientations

A one-day orientation at the beginning of the program will introduce you to the city of Havana, the history of the Cuban Revolution, U.S.-Cuban relations, Cuban culture, and the course you have selected. Health and safety issues and basic logistical questions are also addressed. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Cuba is one of the countries least connected to the Internet in the world. Despite the fact that the Cuban government set up dozens of paid public Wi-Fi hot spots around the country in 2015, it is still estimated that only about 5% of Cubans have access to the internet. Internet is available in local hotels for 5 CUCs per hour and offices of ETECSA (the Cuban national telephone company) sell access cards for 2 CUC per hour (although sometimes these cards are not available or are available at a higher cost on the street.)

CIEE staff will provide students with a thorough orientation to Internet access in and around Havana including a map of ETECSA offices, and hotels providing public fee-for-service Internet access.

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Academics

Academics

Nature of Classes

Classes are held at the Centre for Jose Marti Studies (CEM) and the Centre for Public Administration (CEAP) through the University of Havana in the central Havana district of Vedado and near the University of Havana. Classes offered are for CIEE students only. The core academic content of the program will be delivered by local faculty and visiting scholars, most of whom are researchers or instructors at the University of Havana or other top Cuban universities.

Grading System

Assessment for courses is typically based on a combination of written and oral assignments and a final paper or examination. Because these classes are offered exclusively for CIEE students, a U.S.-style letter grading system (A, B, C, D, F) will be used.

Language of Instruction

Spanish

Faculty

You’ll be taught by local scholars - all of whom have postgraduate degrees; most are researchers or instructors at the University of Havana or other top Cuban schools.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Session I

Contemporary Cuban Social Policy
The course covers different perspectives of the current reality in Cuba, from the fundamental aspects of its history as a nation, to the history of the Revolutionary process, to more specific content--related to the political system, citizen participation, contemporary Cuban society, and social policies--culminating in a brief overview of the economy and its challenges and current transformations in its economic model.

Session II

Cuba: Past, Present and Future
The course aims to get students to describe social processes of current day Cuba, describing concrete socio-historical phenomenon from a systemic-relational approach. The acquisition of knowledge will take place through the promotion of a logical-historical analysis of the object of study, engaging its complexities. This will require a continuous process of reflection to relate the facts of daily life to a historical foundation to interpret and conceive visions of possible futures.

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