|Estimated Dates:||Mid-February to late May|
|Program Focus:||Regional Area Study with Language Component|
HIST 348: Modern Cuba
|Spring 2021 Program Leader:||
Professor of History
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 live in homestays.
About the Program Leader: Elliott Young - “I created the LC Cuba program in 2004 at a time when few US students were going to study on the island. Even though Obama made it easier for Americans to visit Cuba, there are still many misconceptions about the country. I believe that living and studying in Cuba is the best way to move beyond those misconceptions and stereotypes. My research focuses on borderlands and transnational migration history, about which I have written three books. I am currently finishing a book on the history of immigrant detention in the US. I also co-curated a show of Cuban artists at the Hoffman gallery titled “Intersecciones.” All of my free time is taken up playing with my three year-old daughter Ryo.”
Requirements Fulfilled: IS 280 and IS 281 fulfill the 8-credit International Studies general education requirement. IS 282 fulfills 4-credit Creative Arts general education requirement. This program fulfills the overseas study requirement for the Latin American Studies minor.
Credits: 16 credits (4 courses)
IS 282: Art and Culture in Modern Cuba (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.
SPAN XXX: (300 Level Spanish Credit) Spanish Language (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.
IS 280: 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.
IS 281: 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.
2019-2020 Fee Breakdown*
Total Fee (includes Tuition & Program Fee): $33,480
Program Fee: $7,307
Included in the program fee are room/housing, board/meals, and administrative fees. Not included are airfare, passport and visa expenses, primary insurance coverage, photographs, books, immunizations, and incidentals.
*Fees are updated every February for the following academic year.
Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and transportation costs not covered by the program fee.
Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to HAV): $400-$600
Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,350.50
All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding health insurance & overseas programs.
Application Process: Applications are due one year before the start of the program.
The semester before the program, students who have been accepted will meet regularly for orientation. This orientation is meant to prepare the students for life in Havana by exploring literature and culture, and provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the logistical details of the program.
For more information about the application process, click here.
Country-Specific Health Information: Click here to view specific health information for people traveling to Cuba.
State Department Country Information: Click here to visit the State Department’s Cuba page.