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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 2020 02/03/2020 02/05/2020 05/25/2020 06/04/2020
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Homestay
Maximum Credits Available: 03 Prior Language Study: N/A
Click here for a definition of this term Eligibility Requirements: Completed at least 12 college credits, GPA of 2.75 or higher Duration: Short-term, Summer
Excluded from Open Doors: Include Program Sponsor: University-Sponsored
Program Description:
HavanaProgram dates: May 24 - June 4, 2018
Overview of the program

This field experience opens the door to the once forbidden island of Cuba.  Students will receive instruction about a broad sampling of topics including history of slavery, the Cuban Revolution, and US-Cuban relations.  Each day includes site visits in and around Havana including, a health clinic, business cooperatives, an elementary school and a vocational-technical program, folk dance, art studio, museums and monuments, and more. A day-trip to Matanzas introduces participants to agriculture, colonial history, and highlights slavery and the growth of Afro-Cuban culture. No trip to Cuba would be complete without a visit to the beach, of course.   

Lodging and two meals a day are provided in private homes, all centrally located and within walking distance of each other and sponsoring organization, Center for the Study of Jose Marti (CEM).  All instruction will be in English and no previous knowledge of Spanish is required. Students will have ample opportunities to interact with Cuban people of all ages. 
Course Information

All instruction will be in English or through translation and no other language knowledge is required.  However, Spanish speakers will have ample opportunities to converse with their host families and others throughout the trip. 

Participants on this program have two options regarding credit.  Take the travel study as a 1-credit course or add it to Introduction to Latin America (20-809-272), which is a 3-credit course offered each year.   
Accommodation and Meals

The program cost includes home stays with a Cuban family, where you will share a room with another student on our program and have two meals a day.  Typically, students will buy their lunches and water or beverages while away from home during the day.  
Matanzas, Cuba; Slaves Route

There will be two excursions included with the program.

Potential excursions are:
1)  a day trip to the port-city of Matanzas to visit a coffee plantation and explore Afro-Cuban history and culture from slavery to the present day;
2) A half-day trip to Playas del Este, the beaches just outside of Havana.

Additional Information

A passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba. If you need to apply for a passport, it is advised to allow at least 6 weeks for standard processing. Information on visas will be provided once participants have been accepted on the program.

All students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation. This orientation provides information on health and safety, packing and trip planning, flight logistics, and other essential information.

The program fees for 2020 is still being determined. The program fee includes:
  • On site orientation
  • Lodging (includes 2 meals/day)
  • Welcome/Farewell dinner in Cuba and 3 group lunches
  • All ground transportation to group activities
  • Health insurance
  • Program excursions and site entrance fees
  • Transport to/from Havana Airport

Additional Costs Include:
  • Airfare to/from Havana, Cuba-Madison, Wisconsin (estimate, $650)
  • Tourist visa fee
  • Lunch meals and beverages purchase while away from residence
  • Souvenirs                                                     

Student's Home BaseTo Apply

All materials, including the initial deposit of $500, must be received by 4:00 p.m. in the Center for International Education by the deadline date. (NOTE: Unless an applicant is rejected, the $500 deposit is non-refundable.)

For More Information

If you would like to know more about studying abroad through Madison College, please email us or call 608-246-6201 to schedule an appointment.