Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

International Programs

Summer in Cuba: Language, Culture, and Society
Havana | May 21 – June 18, 2016


The Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute is proud to offer once again its summer study abroad program in Havana, Cuba in 2016. This four-week program provides the unique opportunity to earn six credits while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and people that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic updates on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these changes and challenges firsthand!

Tulane’s summer program is locally sponsored and supported by the University of Havana and its affiliate the Centro de Estudios Hemisféricos de los Estados Unidos (CEHSEU). Students stay in the Asociación Nacional de Agricultores Pequeños (ANAP) residence, which is within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and several cultural venues. Earn six credits by taking a Cuban society and culture course (taught in English by Tulane faculty), and either a course on the socio-political history of the Cuban revolution (taught in English by University of Havana faculty), or a literature course on the Cuban short story (taught in Spanish at the University of Havana). In addition to field trips in Havana, there will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, and trips to the Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara, Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs), Matanzas, and Varadero.


  • LAST 3130 (required; 3 credits): Team-taught in English by the directors of the program, Professors Ana López and Carolina Caballero, Society and Culture of Cuba will explore current trends and issues in Cuban culture and society through readings, films, and lectures. The course includes a series of talks by prominent Cuban intellectuals and local field trips to important political and cultural sights throughout Havana.
  • HISL 3950 (3 credits): The History of Cuba: The Evolution of Cuban Nationalism is taught in English by instructors from CEHSEU provides the students with an overview of contemporary Cuban history in order to trace the formation of Cuba’s national identity and its effects on the island’s complex reality and current affairs.
  • SPAN 3130 (3 credits) -OR- SPAN 4130 (3 credits): This Spanish course on contemporary Cuban literature is taught through the Facultad de Artes y Letras at the University of Havana, and gives students a panoramic view of the major authors, texts, themes, and styles found in contemporary Cuban literature with a focus on the Cuban short story.

The cost of the 2016 program is TBD (price will be finalized Fall 2015). It includes six Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), shared room and two meals at day at the ANAP, medical insurance, airfare to/from Tampa-Havana, airport transportation in Havana to/from residence, OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings. Airfare to/from Tampa, one-night hotel stay in designated city of departure, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost.

Scholarships: The TULASO Scholarship is available to Tulane undergraduates applying to this program. For more information on this and other available scholarships, visit

Students interested in applying must be in good academic standing, have at least a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5, and have completed at least one semester of Spanish. Students who plan to take the Cuban Short Story course must have completed SPAN 3040 or equivalent. Non-Tulane students are welcome to apply to this program, but should confirm with their home university that their credits will transfer.
Please note: Due to current regulations, the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control only approves student travel to Cuba if students are (1) registered in a degree-seeking program and (2) the credits earned in Cuba count towards that degree. (i.e. You must be a current university student who will not have graduated on or before May/June 2016 to apply to this program. That does not include high school students, staff, or faculty from outside institutions.)

Complete applications will include:
+ Student’s general and academic information
+ Personal statement
+ Official copy of transcript
+ Copy of front page of passport
+ Two recommendations (one from a Spanish instructor)
+ $300 non-refundable deposit (check made payable to Tulane University; dropped off or mailed to the Stone Center, attn. Laura Wise, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118; OR by credit card online)

Click here to access the online application through Tulane’s Office of Study Abroad, and click “Apply Now.” Non-Tulane students must create an account to apply.
Applications will be due February 26, 2016.

Download a printable flyer for this program here.

For questions, please call 504.862.8629, or email to

View photos from past programs here!




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Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame

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Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame
March 10-12, 2016
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

We offer our conference as a forum in which to peruse and absorb the visual turn in contemporary inquiry from the unique vantage points of the Caribbean, circum-Caribbean and Caribbean diasporas. We conceive the tropical exposure as a frame for representing the region’s strengths and vulnerabilities and for questioning the interaction of Antillean sensibilities with a plethora of images and mediascapes. Our invited keynote speakers include photographer Virginia Beahan and artist Francisco Crespo, whose work appears on this page.

Tropical Exposures welcomes proposals for papers that address any facet of Caribbean visual representation in photography, film, art, popular culture, and other media, as well as the interaction of word and image more generally. Scholars are also encouraged to present proposals that consider social and cultural shifts toward the increasing intermediality of representation in the Caribbean frame.

Conference Updates:
October 21, 2015: Tropical Exposures has accepted panel and abstract submissions. Panel lineups and program schedule information will be sent out very soon.

Registration Information
Early Registration is now open to presenters and participants. The following rates will be available until January 19, 2016:

  • $125 Faculty
  • $90 Graduate Students and Independent Scholars

Regular registration rates will be effective after January 19, 2016.
Please click here to access the conference registration form, or click the “Register Online” button on the bottom or top of this page.

Conference Hotel Information
The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute has arranged a group block and discounted rate at the Hampton Inn New Orleans Garden District. We have reserved a block of rooms for March 9 – March 12, 2016. The special room rate of $169.00/night will be available until February 8, 2016 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. The Hampton Inn Garden District hotel offers a free hot breakfast, free high speed internet in every room, and free on-site parking.

To make your reservations online, please click here to access the hotel reservation page and book your stay by February 8th.
You may also book your room by phone by calling 504-899-9990. The group code for the special rate is “CSI”; please mention this when making reservations by phone.
For hotel address and other information, please visit the Hampton Inn hotel’s website

Conference events will take place on Tulane’s uptown campus at the Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC), 201 Boggs, New Orleans, LA 70118. Transportation from the conference hotel to Tulane’s uptown campus will be provided. We will be putting together a brief guide to the city of New Orleans for quick reference about local transportation, restaurants, etc. for your convenience.