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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:

The Program: 
Landscapes of Memory: History, Culture, and Historic Preservation in Cuba offers an exciting 17-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, and interpret the history of Cuba to its citizens and international visitors.  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, museums, and cultural landscapes will be interspersed with lectures and discussion led by the instructors and local experts in the field.

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We will visit:Cuba 2

  • 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.Application Deadline: January 30, 2015

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: All students participating must register for either the graduate or undergraduate course. Students wishing to receive academic credit at the graduate level will register for HIST 8660, Case Studies in International Preservation, for Maymester 2015 term, and undergraduates will register for HIST 4345.  All participants will attend an orientation session on Saturday morning, March 28, 2015, 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.
Disability Accommodations: Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.

Tentative Itinerary: 
March 28 Mandatory trip orientation meeting at GSU
May 6  Depart Atlanta to Miami. Arrive In Miami on your own.
May 7  Depart Miami to Havana.
May 8-14 Explore Havana’s neighborhoods and its significant historical sites. Excursions include guided walking tours of Havana Vieja, the fortresses Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro and Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabaña, and the many historic plazas. Visit the Office of the Historian, the Museum of the Revolution, Hotel Sevilla, Hotel Inglaterra, Bacardi Building, the Capitolio, and the Grand Theater, among others.  Revolution Square, the José Martí Memorial Museum, and the Colón Cemetery are other highlights. There will also be free time.
May 15 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 Cienfuegos’s cemeteries. Other stops include Parque José Martí, Teatro Tomás Terry, and the Casa de la Cultura Benjamin Duarte.
May 16 Spend one day in Trinidad, with a visit to the Museo de Arquitectura Trinitaria and a stop in the Plaza Santa Ana.
May 17  Spend the day in Santa Clara including visits to the Palacio Provincial and the Hotel Santa Clara Libra; also stroll through El Bulevar and Tren Blindao and end tour at the Plaza de la Revolucion.
May 18-19 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 20  Free day in Havana.
May 21  Depart Havana to Miami. Depart Miami to Atlanta.

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Costs: Program costs may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The cost is tentatively set at $2,850, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state 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 30, 2015 - $850 deposit with application
Remaining balance due in two equal installments on or before February 19 and March 20, 2015.
(The deposit is non-refundable after February 6.)
Funding and Scholarships:
Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit under the Programs tab and submit application to the Program Director.
Transient Students: please see Transient Student page at

Contact: Richard Laub, Heritage Preservation Program, Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences
Phone: 404-413-6365
Office: 34 Peachtree Street, 21st floor