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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Cuba Havana

Semester: Spring
Offered: Every other academic year (odd years)
Program Focus: Country Study


HIST 348: Modern Cuba
SPAN 301 with a “B” average or better in language study                                       

Spring 2017
Program Leader:


Campus Contact:

Elliott Young
Associate Professor of History
Ext. 7454

Program Design:
Academic study focuses on the study of the construction of the Cuban nation with emphasis on issues of race, slavery, socialism and relations with the U.S. The program will be based at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) and will include excursions to Santiago, Trinidad and Pinar del Rio.  Students will live in dorms or residences near the ISA.

Requirements Fulfilled:
Fulfills the overseas requirement for Latin American Studies minor and the two-course international studies requirement.  The Art and Culture course fulfills the Creative Art General Education requirement.

4 courses per semester/16 credits


Art and Culture in Modern Cuba (Art History, Art – 4 credits):
This course will review the major trends and movements in Cuban music, film, dance, and plastic arts in the twentieth century.  The course will not only teach students how to appreciate these cultural expressions, but it will situate these movements within the context of the evolving Cuban society.

Spanish Language (300 Level Spanish Credit – 4 credits):
The focus of this class will be on comprehension and oral skills. Review and perfection of Spanish grammar, and literature will also be integrated as part of the curriculum, but the class would seek to raise the students’ level of Spanish to facilitate their understanding and participation in the other classes that will also be taught in Spanish.

Contemporary Cuban Voices (4 credits):
This course will introduce students to a wide variety of contemporary Cuban intellectuals, artists and writers through weekly guest lectures.  Students will also be asked to process their experiences and discuss the guest lectures.

Community-Based Research (4 credits):
This course will introduce students to basic oral history and ethnographic methodologies. Students will develop field research projects through internships and participant-observation.  Their projects will culminate in a 15 page field-research paper.

Relationship to On-Campus Curriculum:

Recommended Courses:

HIST 141: Colonial Latin American History
HIST 142: Modern Latin America
HIST 345: Race & Nation in Latin America
SOAN 266: Latin America Cultural Perspective
SOAN 291: Caribbean Cultures
SOAN 377: Postcolonial Identity in Latin America                                                                   
HISP 440: Topics I Hispanic Literature


Cuba, Havana

  • General Information

    Passport Details:
    You will be required to email a high-resolution, color scan of your passport to the Overseas Office within 30 days of being accepted into a program. We recommend that you apply for a passport as early as possible. For more info, visit our Passport Resources page.

    Visa fees and requirements: A visa is required for this program.  You will be notified when it is time to apply and our office has received all of the necessary supporting documents. 

    Please make an appointment with Student Health Service to get an updated list of immunizations that are recommended or mandatory for this program. You may also be required to submit various test results (HIV, chest x-rays, etc.) as a part of your visa application.

    Students will be required to show proof of health insurance with coverage for international travel, as per the Affordable Care Act. Lewis & Clark College will provide supplemental travel insurance coverage through iNext.

    Fees To Plan For:
    Fees for the following items are not included in the comprehensive program fee:
    Passport fees
    Required photographs
    Visa fees
    Immunizations and health exams
    Transportation to city of departure
    Post-program travel


Blog Feed: Cuba

  • June 1, 2015 at 4:25pm
    Cuba es y debe ser libre Elliott Young On my last night in Havana, I walked along the Malecón after a gluttonous meal at La Guarida, a rich paladar, and the set for the film Fresa y Chocolate, nestled in the poverty of Centro Habana. The Detrás del Muro project dots the seaside boardwalk with […]
  • May 31, 2015 at 9:25am
    All quieted in the city of Habana today when a tropical rainstorm hit the city for more than three hours booming and blasting over the entire landscape. Some of the students were lodged in the Presidente hotel our usual haunting ground for internet where apparently taxi cabs were literally bobbing up and down in the […]
  • May 30, 2015 at 9:07pm
    KCHO (Alexis Leiva Machado) is a contemporary Cuban artist whose work has been exhibited across the globe including in the United States (most notably in the MoMa). In the Havana neighborhood of Playa KCHO has constructed a huge studio where he invites other Cuban artists to collaborate with him in his workshop, exhibits Cuban works […]
  • May 29, 2015 at 4:43pm
    We were lucky enough to be in La Habana for the 12th annual Biennial, a multi-week, bi-annual celebration of art in Havana. My last full day in Cuba, I took a stroll by myself down the Malecon, from Vedado to Habana Vieja. As part of the Biennial, there was a series of temporarily installed “public […]
  • May 29, 2015 at 4:33pm
    Life in Cuba was at times very difficult logistically. Without wireless internet or data, and costly phone plans, coordinating or completing simple tasks is difficult. For various reasons, long lines and bureaucratic nightmares made trips to hospitals or banks long excursions. At first, I romanticized the crowded buses and yelling “Ultimo” to figure out who […]
  • May 29, 2015 at 9:25am
    Why do people travel? Is one reason more justified than another? Who is judging you when you are abroad? As I have been writing this research paper theorizing on these questions in the Cuban context, I have found it to be a struggle to place myself inside the research. In a number of ways the […]
  • May 29, 2015 at 9:24am
    As I reflect on my entire experience in Cuba, I find it incredibly difficult to choose one anecdote or one theme to elaborate on that could serve as an explanation of my time here. Unfortunately, readers, I don’t think it’s that easy. I don’t think I am able to sum it up in 300 words, […]
  • May 29, 2015 at 9:24am
    Cuba is as filled with ruins as Greece. No, there is no Coliseum or Parthenon, but all around the country, there are ruins of projects started with the hyper-excitement following the triumph of the revolution, or ruins of a wealthy colonial past existing no more. Ruins are as much a part of the Cuban landscape […]
  • May 29, 2015 at 9:23am
    We are at a unique point of the trip where I am finally feeling settled, and completely comfortable living here. I noticed this the other day as I was walking back from Toscana, my favorite restaurant here in Havana. The entire staff there knows me personally, knows what I order, what I am doing here, […]
  • May 27, 2015 at 10:31pm
    Today I am leaving Cuba. As I write this I am sitting in Terminal B, waiting for my flight to Cancun that leaves in a little more than an hour. And after 99 days here, I don’t know how I will feel. Time has flown by. I knew it would, because it always does. Yet […]


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