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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 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

WFU/Cuba: Cuban Culture and Society

Wake Forest University's Cuba summer program takes place in the beautiful capital city Havana; an ideal setting to feature Cuba’s diverse culture. Students take SPA 280 or SPA 369; both focus on culture, society, and history with an opportunity to learn about Cuban literature, music, history, theater, visual/performance arts, architecture, Afro-Cuban religions, and entrepreneurship. Students engage with professors, artists, and experts from the University of Havana, the School of the Arts, and cultural foundations and organizations. In Havana, we step outside of the classroom to take field trips, attend presentations & happenings, and participate in art and poster-printing workshops with children.
 
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Overview Wake Forest University's Cuba summer program takes place in the beautiful capital city Havana; an ideal setting to feature Cuba’s diverse culture. Students take SPA 280 or SPA 369; both focus on culture, society, and history with an opportunity to learn about Cuban literature, music, history, theater, visual/performance arts, architecture, Afro-Cuban religions, and entrepreneurship. Students engage with professors, artists, and experts from the University of Havana, the School of the Arts, and cultural foundations and organizations. In Havana, we step outside of the classroom to take field trips, attend presentations & happenings, and participate in art and poster-printing workshops with children.
Location Wake Forest University's Cuba summer program is based in the beautiful capital city, Havana. The mixture of urban districts and colonial architecture in Havana provides an ideal setting to capture the rich and diverse culture and art of Cuban society. Among the many exciting places in Havana, are the residential and theater district in Vedado, the financial and commercial district in Miramar, and Old Havana, a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site with a fascinating mixture of  colonial, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco architecture.
Program Wake Forest University's Cuba summer program takes place in the beautiful capital city Havana; an ideal setting to feature Cuba’s diverse culture. Students take SPA 280 or SPA 369; both focus on culture, society, and history with an opportunity to learn about Cuban literature, music, history, theater, visual/performance arts, architecture, Afro-Cuban religions, and entrepreneurship. Students engage with professors, artists, and experts from the University of Havana, the School of the Arts, and cultural foundations and organizations. In Havana, we step outside of the classroom to take field trips, attend presentations & happenings, and participate in art and poster-printing workshops with children.

Students travel to other great Cuban towns and cities (Matanzas, Guanabacoa, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad) and to the countryside, where they tour Afro-Cuban museums and temples, observe planting and farming techniques, make ceramics, create hand-made books with an internationally famous book cooperative, and  participate in  poetry slams, music concerts, and art happenings. Students also enjoy horseback riding, hiking to the fabulous waterfalls of Topes de Collantes, and swimming at the beaches. 

Back at Wake, in fall semester, students take SPA 198 Service Learning (3hrs elective) to continue service-learning projects in the Winston-Salem community that build on their Cuban experiences and to create cultural happenings and exhibits on the WFU campus.
Accommodation Hotels and private homestays.
Excursions The group travels to Matanzas to make handmade books, to the beaches of Varadero, and to the colonial cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos to take horseback rides through sugar mills and tours of great historical towns
Selection
  • Good academic standing
  • SPA 212 or equivalent
Costs The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:
  • Program Fee - Covers room, in-country travel, excursions, most meals and other costs associated with the program.
  • Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2022 summer rate was $950/per credit hour. Expect a small increase for Summer 2023.  
  • Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
  • Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.
Program Fee (estimated) - $5,300
Tuition (estimated) (3 hrs) - $2,700
Airfare - Students pay airfare US-Miami. Cuba flight arranged by faculty
Personal Expenses (estimated) - $400
Estimated total cost - $8,400 excluding airfare to Miami
Scholarships Scholarships are available through the Center for Global Programs and Studies.
Contact Dr. Linda Howe
Romance Languages
Phone: (336) 758 4905
E-mail: howels@wfu.edu

Sean McGlynn
Senior Study Abroad Advisor
Center for Global Programs and Studies
116 Reynolda Hall
Phone: (336) 758 3194
E-mail: mcglynsd@wfu.edu
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