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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 2016 01/31/2016 ** 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:


Landscapes of Memory: History, Culture, and Historic Preservation in Cuba


MAY 5-19, 2016


The Program: 
The Georgia State University program Landscapes of Memory: History, Culture and Historic Preservation in Cuba offers an exciting 14-day study abroad experience. The program is designed to deepen the students’ understanding of the history and culture of Cuba, and to explore how the country is working to preserve its historic sites, parks, and cultural landscapes. Special attention will be focused on the city of Havana and the preservation of cultural resources and landscapes in Cuba.
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 discussions led by the instructors and local experts in the field. 
We will visit:
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  • Havana, whose vibrant neighborhoods stretch westward in a chronological parade of architectural exuberance. The political and economic climate of the last 50 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 19th Century 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, including the gravesite of Che.
  • 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 reserve, Valle de Viñales. We will also be visiting the city of Pinar del Río, which boasts many neoclassical buildings with decorative art nouveau frontages.
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March 26-Mandatory orientation meeting
May 4- Arrive in Miami on your own
May 5-Depart Miami to Havana
May 6-12- Explore Havana neighborhoods and their significant historical sites.
May 13-Tour Cienfuegos, including the Paseo del Prado and the Malecón; then head to Punta Gorda, the city’s old upper-class neighborhood, and later tour several of Cienfuego’s cemeteries. Other stops include Parque José Marti, Teatro Tomás Terry, and the Casa de la Cultura Benjamin Duarte.
May 14-Spend one day in Trinidad, with a visit to the Museo de Arquitectura Trinitaria and a stop in the Plaza Santa Ana.
May 15- Spend the day in Santa Clara including visits to the Palacio Provincial and the Hotel Santa Clara Libre; also stroll through El Bulevar and Tren Blinadao and end tour at the Plaza de la Revolucion
May 16-17- Pinar del Río including the Sierra del Rosarios Biosphere Reserve, Teatro Jose Jacinto Milanes, the cities of Pinar del Río and Viñales and Las Terrazas
May 18-Free day in Havana
May 19- Depart Havana to Miami; Depart Miami to Atlanta
Participants will stay in high-quality local hotel accommodations (three- and four-star hotels) throughout the various regions of Cuba

Participants with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their global expedition experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.

This program is offered to all students at the graduate level. Upper division undergraduates may take the course, with instructor approval. All students registering for the program must take the course for credit. 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.**

Participants who successfully complete Case Studies in International Preservation will receive 4 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students will register for HIST 4345 and graduate students will register for HIST 8660. All participants will attend an orientation session on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at GSU. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.

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Students interested in applying should find this program’s listing at and begin an online application. Transient Students: Please see the Transient Student section under the Explore & Apply tab at
International Students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at 404-413-2070 to discuss the possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.

Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with participants upon receipt of application.

Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The total program cost is tentatively set at $3,550, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

Program Cost Includes
• Charter flights between Miami and Havana
• Hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy; single occupancy request will require additional charges)
• All ground transport, excursions, and entrance fees
• Educational lectures and cultural events
•Most meals
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Transportation costs between Atlanta and Miami
• Passport
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
Money order and cashier’s checks are accepted and should be addressed to Georgia State University. Credit and debit card payments are also allowed, please check with your Business Manager to determine any restrictions or additional costs.   

January 31, 2016 $1000  Deposit with application
February 26, 2016 $1,275
March 25, 2016 $1,275 Remaining balance
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Program Deposit Payments: Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS.  Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
Program Payments and Remaining Program Balance:  Other than the initial program deposit, all program payments—along with the remaining program balance—will be billed directly to your student account.  Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline. All tuition and fees must be paid in full before departure.

Richard Laub, Heritage Preservation Program, Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences

Phone: 404-413-6365
Office: 25 Park Place, Floor 21, Office 2112