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GSU - Landscapes of Memory: History, Culture, and Historic Preservation in Cuba
Havana, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Abroad Year Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Maymester 2015 02/14/2015 ** N/A TBA TBA

** Students will be notified of acceptance by email and through their online application.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: Good Standing Housing: Hotel/Hostel
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: GSU
Program Director: Richard Laub Sponsoring College: College of Arts & Sciences
Sponsoring Department: History Credit Type: GSU Credit
Credit Level: Graduate Credit, Undergraduate Credit
Program Description:


The Program:
Landscapes of Memory: History, Culture and Historic Preservation in Cuba offers an exciting 15-day study abroad experience in the "Pearl of the Antilles," as it has been called. The program is designed to deepen students' understanding of the history and culture of Cuba, and how the country is working to preserve its historic sites, parks and cultural landscapes.

The program will consider the ways in which history is selectively remembered, preserved and presented to the public. Students will develop skills in combining and communicating the results of field experiences and research. Visits to historic sites, parks, places of memory and cultural landscapes will be interspersed with lectures and discussion led by the instructors and local experts in the field.

We will visit:

  • Havana, whose vibrant neighborhoods stretch westward in a chronological parade of architectural exuberance. The political climate of the last 48 years has spared 400 years of urban fabric from the modern-day ravages of freeway construction and urban renewal.
  • Cienfuegos, called "The Pearl of the South," a coastal city designed in a grid pattern with the Malecón running along the water.
  • Trinidad, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the number of architectural and historical sites that have been virtually untouched by the last two centuries.
  • Santa Clara, the capital city of the Cuban province of Villa Clara. This important industrial town, central to the province and country, set the stage for Che Guevara's final battle against Batista and retains many sites associated with the Rebel Army.
  • Pinar del Río, a province of Cuba where tobacco and sugarcane are still grown today. The natural resources of Cuba abound in the UNESCO designated biosphere reserves, and the city of Pinar del Río boasts many neoclassical buildings with decorative art nouveau frontages.

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Program Health Description: Cuba.

Application Deadline: January 28, 2013

Eligibility: The program is offered to all students at the graduate level and upper division undergraduates may take the course with instructor approval. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

**Due to the popularity of this program, priority acceptance will be given to students, faculty, staff and other members of the Georgia State University community. Others will be assigned to the waiting list and accepted as space permits.**


*International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at 404-413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.

Courses and Credit: Students wishing to receive academic credit at the graduate level will register for HIST 8660, Case Studies in International Preservation, for Maymester 2013 term, and undergraduates will register for HIST 4345.  All participants will attend an orientation session on March 23, 2013, at Georgia State University. Course credit will be 4 semester hours. Students from other institutions should follow their school’s regulations concerning transfer credits.

Accommodations: Participants will stay in high-quality local hotel accommodations (Three- and Four-Star Hotels) throughout the various regions of Cuba.

Tentative Itinerary:
March 23 Mandatory trip orientation meeting at GSU
May 8  Depart Atlanta to Miami. Arrive In Miami on your own.
May 9  Depart Miami to Havana.
May 9-16 Explore Havana…
May 17-18 Tour Cienfuegos…
May 19-20 Spend two days in Trinidad…
May 21  Spend the day in Santa Clara including visits to the Palacio Provincial…
May 22-23 Visit Pinar del Rio including the Sierra del Rosarios Biosphere Reserve, Teatro Jose    Jacinto Milanes, the cities of Pinar del Rio and Viñales and Las Terrazas.
May 24  Free day in Havana.
May 25  Depart Havana to Miami. Depart Miami to Atlanta.

Costs: Program costs may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The cost is tentatively set at $2,600, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-ofstate students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost. Please see the Tuition Rates for GSU.

*Program fee includes

• Charter flight from Miami to Havana and return flight from Havana to Miami
• Hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy; single occupancy request will require additional charges)
• All ground transportation, excursions, and entrance fees
• Educational lectures and cultural events
• Some meals
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation Insurance


**Program fee does NOT include

• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Transportation from Atlanta to Miami and Miami to Atlanta
• Personal expenses
• Passport
• Excess baggage charges and tips


Payment Schedule:

January 28, 2013 - $600 deposit with application
Remaining balance due in two equal installments on or before February 18 and March 18, 2013.
(The deposit is non-refundable after February 8.)

 Contact: Richard Laub, Heritage Preservation Program, Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences
Phone: 404-413-6365
Office: 34 Peachtree Street, 20th floor