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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/22/2019 03/08/2019 05/24/2019 06/22/2019
Program Description:
Cuba LAST Summer

Summer in Cuba
Language, Culture, and Society
May 24 – June 22, 2019

Study abroad in Havana, Cuba this summer with the Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University and the University of Havana. 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 political and economic updates 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 changes and challenges firsthand! In addition to field trips in Havana, there will also be group excursions to the historic cities and sites of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, and trips to the Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara, Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs), and Matanzas.
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 by Tulane faculty), and either a course on the socio-political history of the Cuban revolution (taught in English by University of Havana faculty), or a literature course on the Cuban short story (taught in Spanish at the University of Havana).
As a third course option, students can take a Public Health course taught in Spanish.  In collaboration with the National School of Public Health in Havana (ENSAP), the course addresses how the Cuban government has prioritized the development of universal healthcare, with a special emphasis on the efforts to strengthen primary healthcare and to articulate it with more complex levels of care.  A language prerequisite of SPAN 3040 is required for the Public Health course and the Cuban Short Story courses.


LAST 3130 (required): Society and Culture of Cuba (English)
HISL 3950: History of Cuba: The Evolution of Cuban Nationalism (English)
SPAN 3130: Introduction to Latin American Culture: Cuban Short Story
SPAN 4130: Topics in Spanish American Literature: Cuban Short Story
LAST 3960*: Public Health in Cuba (Spanish)
* Course will count towards Public Health major.

* $5,900 for Public Health option

Tuition (corresponding credits) – transferable to other universities
Lodging and two meals a day at the ANAP
Medical insurance
Airport transportation in Havana
Specialized group tours and outings
Not included:
Airfare to/from Havana  *The program will advise students about purchasing airfare closer to the program start date.
Incidental costs, extra meals, and expenses


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 one semester of Spanish at Tulane. Students who plan to take the Cuban Short Story course or the Public Health 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. Students must have a valid passport expiring no less than six months after return date.
Complete applications will include:

  • Student’s general and academic information
  • Personal statement of intent
  • Official copy of transcript
  • Copy of front page of VALID passport
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $300 non-refundable deposit (by credit card online, OR by check made payable to Tulane University; dropped off or mailed to the Stone Center, attn. Laura Wise Person, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.) 

For questions, contact Laura Wise Person by phone at 504-862-8629, by email at, or by visiting the Stone Center in 100 Jones Hall. Visit the program’s web page at