“Studying Performing and Visual Arts in Cuba – A Cultural Immersion Experience” is a two-week study abroad program. This collaborative program provides students of the College of the Arts (COTA), and others who qualify, the opportunity to receive individual instruction and engage in research projects in (1) music, (2) the visual and material arts, and (3) media, film and theater from professors and instructors affiliated with Cuba's Centro Nacional Escuela des Artes (CNEART) and Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), the performance and degree granting entities of Cuba’s National School of the Arts. The program will include cultural and arts-related excursions in Havana and Matanzas. The primary goal is to immerse students in experiences that reveal how folk-influenced arts reflect the lives of individuals who call Cuba home. In addition to receiving one-on-one supervision from Cuban instructors, students will interact with Cuban students who will serve as guides to local events. Participants will also assist with the development of community arts projects. To assure that the excursions and academic instruction support the aim of the program, students will be required to create a culminating interdisciplinary performing and visual arts presentation that reflects the educational, cultural, and social experiences of this study abroad program.
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.
May 16 - Flight from Atlanta to Havana, Cuba; Hotel check-in in Havana.
May 17 - On-sight introductory orientation meeting; tour of Old Havana; dinner and social gathering with Cuban Arts Companions.
May 18 - Spanish language study; discipline-specific Arts in Cuba class.
May 19 - Spanish language study; discipline-specific Arts in Cuba class.
May 20 - Morning tour of Cuban National School of the Arts facilities; afternoon tour of Modern Havana; evening concert/exhibit.
May 21 - Spanish language study; discipline-specific Arts in Cuba class.
May 22- Spanish language study; discipline-specific Arts in Cuba class.
May 23 - Travel to Matanzas, Cuba; hotel check-in in Matanzas; history and culture tour of Matanzas; evening concert/activity in Matanzas.
May 24- Community art collaborative project in Matanzas; explore Matanzas on your own; return travel to Havana.
May 25 - Spanish language study; discipline-specific Arts in Cuba class.
May 26 - Spanish language study; discipline-specific Arts in Cuba class.
May 27 - Morning tour of Cuban national museums and performing arts venues; disciplines specific tours of Cuban arts venues; evening concert/exhibit.
May 28 - Spanish language study; discipline-specific Arts in Cuba class; rehearsal time.
May 29 - Spanish language study; Interdisciplinary Performing and Visual Arts Presentation; and closing social event with Cuban Arts Companions.
May 30 - Community Arts Collaboration project in Havana.
May 31 - Final day in Havana; explore the city and beach retreat.
June 1 - Hotel check- out; depart for airport; flight from Havana to Atlanta.
Participants will stay in comfortable, double-occupancy rooms in casa particulars (private owned hotels) in Havana Vieja (Old Havana), the historic and cultural center of the country, or in a designated residential part of Havana that is in close proximity to where private instruction will be offered. Havana Vieja features most of the city’s major museums, performing arts venues, art galleries, restaurants and well-known architectural wonders. Participants will also stay in a casa particular in Matanza, the first capital of Cuba and an important center for Afro-Cuban music, art, and dance during a weekend excursion.
Studying Performing and Visual Arts in Cuba is open to all undergraduate and graduate students of the Georgia State University’s College of the Arts (COTA). Georgia State University students who are not enrolled in one of the three degree granting departments of COTA—the School of Music, Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design or the School of Film, Media and Theater—but who are enrolled in another department may apply for this study abroad program pending the availability of space and the receipt of a letter of recommendation from a professor in the student’s area of study. The letter should explain the relevance of the program or of a specific research or creative project required of the student. The number of program participants is limited, and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
- 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 this study abroad course will receive 3
semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Because Studying Performing and Visual Arts in Cuba is a multidisciplinary study abroad program, students should register for the appropriate corresponding course in the department in which they are enrolled based on their academic standing [undergraduate (UG) or graduate (G)].
Available courses: School of Music UG: MUS/MUA 4999 (3 hours) G: MUS 6999 (3 hours)
Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design UG: ART 4980 Special Problems (3 hours) G: DPP 6980 Discipline specific (3 hours) G: CER 6980 Discipline specific (3 hours)
School of Film, Media and Theater UG: FLME 4915 Special Production Projects (3 hours) THEA 4890 Special Project (3 hours)
For Georgia State University students who are not enrolled in the one of the three departments of COTA, special arrangements will be made with the student's home department to assure that the student registers for a course in the student's major for which will academic credit toward the appropriate degree will be received.
Please contact the Program Director and your Academic Advisor if you are unsure which course will be appropriate for your degree plan.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $2,900, 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 and VISA
- Hotel accommodations, double occupancy
- Daily continental breakfast
- Travel between cities & local transit
- Selected city orientations, Guest Speakers, and Private Instruction
- Group Cultural Events
- International Insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Passport Application fee (if you do not already have one)
- Additional meals
- Excess baggage charges and tips
- Personal expenses
- Travel not associated with the program (in the event students intend to extend their travel dates beyond this course)
Please note that cost of lunch and dinner each day is not included in the total cost of the program. Students should plan on spending a maximum of $30 to $40 per day for both lunch and dinner or about $480 to $640 for the length of the program outside monies needed for personal expenses or souvenirs.
January 6 : $500 Deposit Due
February 15 : $1200
April 1 : Program fee posted to PAWs and remaining balance of $1200 will be due along with tuition & fees for the Summer Term.
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt. *** (If the program does not make because of insufficient enrollment, students will be reimbursed the deposit and all payments made directly by the students after initial program costs are satisfied.)***
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
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
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