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LSU/Honors in Cuba
Havana, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer Semester
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APA Program Type: Summer Programs APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
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Housing Options: Dormitory Credit Type: LSU courses & credit
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Mike in Cuba

Honors in Cuba provides students with an introduction to the history, politics, and culture of Cuba.  Students will explore U.S.-Cuban relations both historically and in the present.  

Most importantly, the program will allow students the opportunity to travel to Cuba, a trip that has been impossible for most Americans.  This may be your only chance to see Havana!

The program will also include visits to:

  • Plaza of the Revolution
  • Artists' studios
  • Afro-Cuban religious sites
  • the national ballet
  • National Museum of the Visual Arts
  • Musical concerts
Mike with Cuban artLSU students will interact with Cuban students through meetings at the Juan Marinello Institute in Havana and course-related excursions to public schools, health clinics, and cultural events.

You do not have to be a student in the Honors College in order to participate in the program!  

In the event that the program fills up, preference will be given to Honors College students, students with at least two semesters of Spanish, and students with previous coursework focused on Latin America.


Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees 
(undergraduate, 6 hours)
June 1 June 22 $3,900 instate: $2,509
out of state: $6,613

colorful carsProgram Fee Includes

  • Roundtrip airfare between Baton Rouge and Havana (flight will go via Miami)
  • Housing in a hotel in the Vedado neighborhood in Havana
  • Breakfast and dinner every day
  • Departure dinner/celebration with students from the University of Havana
  • Ground transportation in Cuba
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Entrance visa for Cuba
  • Health insurance

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU.

Spending money: Although most meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, including dinners, snacks, water, and souvenirs.  Students should budget $10/day to pay for food and water not covered by the program.  Students should not drink tap water in Cuba and will need to buy bottled water for drinking.


All students will take both courses listed below.  Please consult the LSU Course Catalog for course descriptions and prerequisites.  

with students from Cuba

ENGL 2823 (Honors Studies in Literary Traditions and Themes) - This course gives you the rare opportunity to see how the literature you study reflects the social, cultural, historical, and political dimensions of Cuba through onsite experiences.  Excursions are paired with readings and will include cultural sites, social spaces, national parks, and museums.

HNRS 2020 (Contemporary Cuban Culture and Society) - This is an introduction to Cuban culture and society.  Using readings, site visits, films, and lectures, you'll learn about Cuban society, including information about the single party system, visual arts, social reforms, and Afro-Cuban religions.

Course Description
ENGL 2823 Honors Studies in Literary Traditions and Themes
HNRS 2020* Contemporary Cuban Culture and Society

* Can be taken for Gen Ed credit


May 3 Summer fee bills available via myLSU
May 13 12:00pm Parents' Orientation
May 18 Summer fee bills due
May 30 Classes at LSU
May 31 Classes at LSU
June 1 Depart the US; arrive in Havana; onsite orientation
June 2 Tour of Havana (Old Havana, Revolution Square, the National Capitol Building, El Malecón); welcome dinner
June 3 Scavenger hunt
June 4 Beach cleanup with Proyecto Espiral
June 5 Classes; film screening
June 6 Classes; National Museum of Fine Arts
June 7 Day to work on projects
June 8 Classes
June 9 Classes
June 10-11 Weekend excursion to Pinar del Rio; Las Terrazas Nature Reserve and Viñales Valley
June 12 Classes; editorial office of Mujeres Magazine; CENESEX
June 13 Classes; Sanctuary and Museum of Regla; Instituto Superior de Arte
June 14 Day to work on projects
June 15 Classes; Colon Cemetery; National Museum of the Campaign for Literacy
June 16-18 Weekend excursion to Trinidad and Santa Clara
June 19 Classes
June 20 Day to work on projects
June 21 Final presentations; farewell dinner
June 22 Depart Havana; return to New Orleans
Aug 2 Grades are available via myLSU

Please note: this itinerary is tentative and subject to change


Faculty Member Department Photo
Dr. Solimar Otero
Program Director
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Dr. Eric Mayer-Garcia Honors College faculty placeholder

Eligibility & Withdrawal

Cuban flag tileIn order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students).
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other institutions are also welcome.  

If the program fills up, priority will be given to Honors College students, students with at least two semesters of Spanish, and students with prior coursework related to Latin America.

Application Deadline
March 31. 2017

Although the application deadline is March 31, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 3, 2017.

Payment deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement when you apply and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and the tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU on May 3 and are due on May 18.

If you withdraw from the program: After February 3, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The schedule of payments for students who withdraw is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
Withdrawal after February 3, 2017 $500 deposit is non-refundable
Withdrawal after March 3, 2017 $500 deposit and $500 payment will be paid
Withdrawal after March 31, 2017 $500 deposit and $1,000 payment will be paid
Withdrawal after April 21, 2017 $500 deposit and entire program fee will be paid

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.

This program is currently not accepting applications.