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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: General Studies, Latin American Studies, Leadership
Housing Options: Hostel or Hotel Program Type: Faculty-Led Program
Program Description:
Culture, Society, and the Contemporary Cuban Experience

"The major highlight of the program was getting to interact with a variety of professionals in Cuba. It gave a better understanding of the country."
-Anonymous, Summer 2016

Summer 2018
Course Dates:
May 20-June 9, 2018
Dates Abroad: May 20-June 9, 2018
Price: $4,152


This program is designed to give students an opportunity to experience Cuba outside of the US imagination and popular myths that surround the country. Students will be exposed to the contemporary health care, education, and political systems of Cuba through direct contact with faculty and professionals within Cuban institutions.


This course is a three-week intensive study of interdisciplinary themes: Cuban history and the life and work of Jose Marti, issues of the Cuban economy and healthcare system, sustainable development, human rights, the arts, and contemporary Cuban society. This class will bring together perspectives on the politics, relations, and values that influence contemporary Cuba and Cuban culture, and will focus on the economic, political, and social issues affecting the broader Caribbean region. The course will consist of several tours and seminars organized to broaden the students' understanding of the Cuban culture and society. El Centro de Estudios Martianos in Havana will be our host for the course.

The target audience for this program includes students of all levels. The course is intended to attract undergraduates and graduate students with specific interests in Cuba, as well as those with broader interests in the Caribbean and Latin America.

You will be required to participate in one preparatory class before traveling to Cuba, and one class upon your return. All participants are required register for one of the following SDSU course(s) offered through the College of Extended Studies (CES):
  • LATAM 450: Study Abroad in Cuba (3 units)
  • GEN S 450: Study Abroad in Cuba (3 units)
  • LATAM 750: Seminar: Study in Cuba (3 units)- Graduate Students Only

Participant housing is in casa particulares in Havana (shared rooms), including breakfast and laundry service once per week. Fourteen group lunches at a local restaurant will also be included along with a welcome group meal and farewell group meal

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Jose Marti's Memorial & Plaza de la Revolucion
  • Museum of the Revolution
  • Tobacco Factory
  • Casa de Africa
  • Walking tour of Old Havana
  • Day trip to Viñales
    • Mural de la Prehistoria
    • Town Center & Craft Market
    • Cigar Farm
  • El Morro and the Fortaleza San Carlos de la Cabana
  • El Cañonazo ceremony
  • Cementerio de Colon
  • Bellas Artes Museum
  • Visit to community project “El Tanque”
  • Vivero Alamar
  • Visit to local family health clinic
  • Visit to Maternity/Midwifery Clinic
  • Farewell dinner
  • Fabrica del Arte Cubano

Payment Schedule:
$797       Deposit due to Extended Studies (CES) with application
$2,260    Second program payment due to our partner WorldStrides ISA by March 21, 2018
$1,095    Tuition due with course registration between  April 15-25, 2018
$4,152    Total Program Fee *

*If more than 18 students enroll in the program by February 23, 2018, our partner WorldStrides ISA will offer a discount of $105 per student. This discount will be applied to the second payment due to WorldStrides ISA by March 21, 2018. 
Included in the Program Fee:
  • Housing
  • SDSU tuition
  • Daily breakfast and most lunches
  • Two group dinners
  • Activities as listed above
  • Group airport pickup and dropoff in Havana
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
  • Cuban Visa

Not Included in the Program Fee:
  • International airfare - Group flight will be required
  • Some lunches and most dinners
  • Passport fees
  • Personal Expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • The application deposit is non-refundable for withdrawals after February 23, 2018.*
  • For the second payment, for withdrawals between February 23, 2018 but before March 21, 2018, there is a 50% cancellation fee.
  • For withdrawals after March 21, 2018, no refunds will be issued. 
Course Tuition Refund: 
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy

*The withdrawal date is the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receive written notification of withdrawal from the student. Email notification is acceptable..

Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 
  • In order to apply to the program, students must have a valid passport. The passport should not expire before December 9, 2018. If you do not have a passport or need to renew, please apply for one immediately and request the passport be expedited (additional fee will apply).  You can apply for a passport on campus at the Passport Office.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.
Summer 2018: Deadline Passed

The application deadline has passed for summer 2018.  If you would like to receive updates about the 2019 program, please add your name to the inquiry list above.

  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Amanda Chamberlain, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0540.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.