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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English NC State Students Only: No
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 0 no minimum language requirement Additional Requirements: Course pre-requisites (see below), Must currently be enrolled in an accredited U.S. graduate or undergraduate degree program
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Group Click here for a definition of this term College or Unit: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Duration: Short Term Click here for a definition of this term Provider: NC State
Program Description:
Cuba History, env. and culture
Be a part of the historic changes in Cuban-US relations and discover the “Pearl of the Antillies” with NC State in this one of a kind summer program in Havana, Cuba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site! This island nation has had a complex and fascinating history, especially since the 1959 Revolution. Participants will be immersed in the environmental and socio-cultural history of Cuba, and experience first-hand the exceptional biodiversity, culture and hospitality of the island. The dramatic changes between Cuba and the US form a dynamic backdrop for this exceptional study abroad experience.

Both courses are taught in English, however, students are expected to have completed 2 semesters of Spanish. Students must be degree-seeking and the credits from the Cuba program must apply towards their degree.

  • Courses
    • HI 317: Cuba Today - Sociopolitical and Historical Perspectives (3 cr) - fulfills Humanities GEP
    • HI 318: Environmental History in Cuba (3 cr) - fulfills Interdisciplinary Perspectives GEP
  • NC State Program Cost
  • Program Dates
    • May 18 - June 8, 2019
  • Locations
    • Havana, Cuba with optional trip to Trinidad
  • Contact
    • Dr. Nicholas Robins, Department of History
  • Eligibility
    • 2.0+ GPA
    • Not on active disciplinary probation
    • Not on Academic Integrity Probation currently or during the prior semester
    • Courses taken must count towards degree
Students will be housed in double occupancy rooms with local families in Havanna. Breakfast will be provided every morning. 

Situated just ninety miles south of Florida in the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba is the largest and one of the closest of our Caribbean neighbors. Recently the Latin American Institute for Crime Prevention, of the United Nations, has declared Cuba to be the safest country in Latin America. Our program will be based in Havana, the capital of Cuba, a city of more than two million inhabitants located on the northwest coast. The climate of Cuba is subtropical, with average temperatures ranging from 73 degrees Fahrenheit at night to 87 during the day.

In addition to exploring various sectors of Havana, including the historical Old Havana and the beachfront Malecón district, planned excursions  include sites beyond the capital city, such as coffee, sugar, and tobacco plantations, community gardens and organic farms.

Cost information is shown in the summer budget link above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of NC State study abroad programs. Students from other institutions should contact their home institution study abroad and financial aid offices for information. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship from the Study Abroad Office.

The Cuba summer program is sponsored by the Department of History in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Participants will be immersed in the environmental history of Cuba, witnessing firsthand the exceptional biodiversity and unique historical development that has earned the nation the title “The Accidental Eden.” Participants will also come to understand and appreciate historical, political and cultural aspects of contemporary Cuban identity. 
  • Group flight will depart from Raleigh, with a connection in Miami. Students must purchase the group flight and make payment directly to the specified travel provider (further instructions upon acceptance).
  • To participate, students must have a valid passport in hand by February 15, 2018. Students can apply for a passport on campus the Passport Services.

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The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details. Contact us:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/15/2019
Rolling Admission 05/18/2019 06/08/2019

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This program is currently not accepting applications.