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This program gives students a unique insight into a neighboring country somewhat inaccessible to U.S. citizens due to a history fraught with political antagonism. It focuses on how local writers, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, architects and visual artists in Cuba have responded, contributed or objected to the power of local and international cultural and political icons since before the Cold War through our global present.

Set primarily in Havana with excursions to important Cuban cities, this program focuses on key works of Cuban art and music, with visits to museums, institutes and other sites accompanied by local scholars. Students examine U.S. stereotypes about an "enemy country" by exploring the Cuban perspective, considering how art and culture can increase mutual understanding and bridge differences amid great ideological and geopolitical conflict.


Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts


  • SPC 320C / HIS 363K / LAS 328 / AFR 372G / C L 323 - Cuba in Question and
    L A 119 - Maymester Seminar: Cuba

Academic Information

Students earn 4 hours of in-residence credit. LA 119 is taught during the Spring Semester. Grades are factored into GPA. Meets Spanish major elective requirement, carries a Global Cultures flag and the the SPN 320C course is cross-listed with AFR 372G/LAS 328/CL323/HIS 363K.


Dr. Jossianna Arroyo-Martinez is Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. Dr. Arroyo-Martinez was the faculty leader for the 2016 Cuba program and is excited to return!

Language(s) of Instruction

Spanish and English


Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - No
  • Internship - No


Students will stay in an apartment-style Residencia while in Havana and hotels while on excursions. Two meals per day are provided throughout program. Students are required to live in program housing.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

2019 Program Fee: $4550. Program fee includes housing, roundtrip airfare from Miami to Cuba, two meals per day, excursions, administrative and instructional costs, and on-site orientation. Program fee does not include airfare to Miami, books, insurance, local transportation and personal expenses.

Program Dates:

- Maymester
  • June 1, 2019 to June 29, 2019
  • Final Deadline: December 1, 2018

Application Code


Additional Resources

Program Website

Next Step

2019 program applications have been extended to Dec 1 and admission will be done on a rolling basis. If interested, please apply as soon as possible. For more info contact Amy Exah (

Program information above is subject to change