Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

International Programs

Summer in Cuba 2014: Language, Culture, and Society
Havana | May 24 – June 21, 2014

The Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute is offering its third year of this summer study abroad program in Havana, Cuba in 2014. 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 changes 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 challenges and triumphs 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), and either a course on the socio-political history of the Cuban revolution (taught in English), or a literature course on the Cuban short story (taught in Spanish). In addition to field trips in Havana, there will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, the Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara, Playa Girón, Matanzas, and Varadero.


  • LAST 3130 (required; 3 credits): Team-taught in English by the directors of the program, Professors Ana López and Carolina Caballero, LAST 3130: 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.
  • EBIO 1660 (3 credits): Biodiversity and Conservation in Cuba is a brand new lecture elective being offered for the 2014 program. Students will acquire general knowledge related to Cuban ecology, conservation, and biodiversity while learning the measures being taken to protect the country’s biodiversity and natural resources.

The cost of the 2014 program is $5,750, which includes 6 Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), shared room and two meals at day at the ANAP, medical insurance, airfare to/from Havana, OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings. Airfare to/from Tampa, one-night hotel stay in Tampa, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost.

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 at Tulane University. Students who plan to take the Cuban Short Story course must have completed SPAN 3040 or equivalent. Non-Tulane students are also welcome to apply to this program, but should confirm with their home university that their credits will transfer.
Please note: This program is only open to degree-seeking university students who will not have graduated on or before May/June 2014. That does not include high school students, staff or faculty from outside institutions, or graduate students at this time.

Complete applications (application form, copy of transcript, copy of front page of passport, and two letters of recommendation) and a $300 non-refundable deposit are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 21, 2014.
Click here to download the 2014 application.

For questions, contact Laura Wise at 504.862.8629, or at

Download a printable flyer for this program here.

View photos from Summer in Cuba 2012 here.