Undergraduate and graduate students in Political Science and World Languages & Cultures are encouraged to consider registering for a Spring-Break Study Abroad course in Cuba. Students will receive three academic credit hours for the course, most of which occurs during the Spring Break vacation in March of 2020. Students will develop a project for the course while in Cuba under the supervision of Professors Leslie Marsh (WLC) and Henry Carey (Political Science). This project will be the main basis for the course grade. In the past three trips, 15, 16, and 23 students attended this popular course. Undergraduates should register for SPAN 3395 or 3396 or 4990. Graduate students should register for SPAN 6990. Cuba offers an extraordinarily complex view into the logic of leftwing revolutions, which generally privilege economic, social, and cultural rights at the expense of political and civil rights. Before embarking, students will study the broad spectrum of human rights – political, economic, civil, and social – identified in the 1948 United Nations Declaration and explore Cuba's approach to them since the Revolution. Cuba's unique balance and emphases of these rights, forcing them to grapple with their core values and stereotypes. During the trip, students will tour Havana, Trinidad, Santa Clara, a tobacco plantation in Viñales, a fishing village at Cojimar, the Bay of Pigs at Playa Girón, and the Valley of the Sugar Mills. University of Havana and GSU professors will engage students in lively debates on these issues and help them to integrate academic knowledge with experiential learning. Overall, students will gain a firm grasp on the thorny ethical dilemmas vis-à-vis human rights posed by Cuban Communism.
There will be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed, and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance. There may also be at least one class session held after returning to Atlanta for debriefing. Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
Day 1 - Depart Atlanta for Havana, check-in at hotel
Day 2 - Walking tour of Old Havana, visit Central Park, the Capitiol, and Habana Modern Tour
Day 3 - Hemingway Tour, Morro Castle and Cabana Fortress with its art galleries and small museums
Day 4 - Transfer to Vinales, stop at Los Jazmines Point View, visit a Tabacco Plantation
Day 5 - Transfer to Playa Giron, visit the Museum Bay of Pigs, afternoon diving and snorkeling tour, continue to Trinidad
Day 6 - Trinidad City Tour, Arrive in the Valley of Sugar Mills, Lunch at Mnaca Iznaga
Day 7 - Depart to Santa Clara, tour of the city center, visit Memorial del Che and Tren Blindado, return to Havana
Day 8 - Free day at the beach Playas del Este
Day 9 - Return to Atlanta
Double occanpancy hotel rooms are included.
- Transient students should visit the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
- 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.
Participants who successfully complete the program's courses will receive 3
semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register SPAN 3395 or 3396 or 4990. Students from other institutions should follow their institution's regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $3,256.00, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
- Round-trip airfare
- Hotel accommodations, double occupancy
- Daily continental breakfast
- Travel between cities & local transit
- Selected city orientations and tours
- Group cultural events
- Additional Dinners
- International insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Passport or visa fees
- Additional meals
- Excess baggage charges and tips
- Personal expenses
- Travel not associated with the program
Deposit required with application : $500
November 15th: $1000
Early December: Program fee posted to PAWs
Early January: Remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for the Spring 2020 Term
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303