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LSU/Honors in Cuba
Havana, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Housing Options: Dormitory APA Program Type: Summer Programs
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Honors in Cuba provides students with an introduction to the history, politics, and culture of Cuba.  Students will explore U.S.-Cuban relations both historically and in the present.  

Most importantly, the program will allow students the opportunity to travel to Cuba, a trip that has been impossible for most Americans.  This may be your only chance to see Havana!

The program will also include visits to:

  • Plaza of the Revolution
  • Artists' studios
  • Afro-Cuban religious sites
  • the national ballet
  • National Museum of the Visual Arts
  • Musical concerts
Mike with Cuban artLSU students will interact with Cuban students through meetings at the Juan Marinello Institute in Havana and course-related excursions to public schools, health clinics, and cultural events.

You do not have to be a student in the Honors College in order to participate in the program!  

In the event that the program fills up, preference will be given to Honors College students, students with at least two semesters of Spanish, and students with previous coursework focused on Latin America.


Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees 
(undergraduate, 6 hours)
June 2 June 19 $3,600
instate: $2,784
out of state: $6,888

colorful carsProgram Fee Includes

  • Roundtrip airfare between Baton Rouge and Havana (flight will go via Miami)
  • Housing in a hotel in the Vedado neighborhood in Havana
  • Breakfast and dinner every day
  • Departure dinner/celebration with students from the University of Havana
  • Ground transportation in Cuba
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Entrance visa for Cuba
  • Health insurance

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU.

Spending money: Although most meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, including dinners, snacks, water, and souvenirs.  Students should budget $10/day to pay for food and water not covered by the program.  Students should not drink tap water in Cuba and will need to buy bottled water for drinking.


All students will take both courses listed below.  Please consult the LSU Course Catalog for course descriptions and prerequisites.  

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ENGL/ANTH 2423 (Introduction to Folklore) - This general education course is an introduction to the wide range of expressive cultures that constitute the practice of folklore. This special edition of the class will take place in Havana, Cuba as part of the Ogden Honors College Study Abroad Program in Cuba. We review the study of folklore genres of the world, emphasizing Cuba as a source, but also investigate folklore’s ability to connect cultures in global and local contexts. We discuss and engage in anthropological, literary, and historical approaches to analyzing folk material. We explore a range of cultural customs to see how everyday practices create history and place for different communities living in both large and small social contexts, especially in Cuba, the Global South, and the Caribbean. By reading and analyzing topics in folklore studies, students will become familiar with different genres of folk speech, performance, ritual, and narrative text and context.

HNRS 2020 (Contemporary Cuban Culture and Society) - This is an introduction to Cuban culture and society.  Using readings, site visits, films, and lectures, you'll learn about Cuban society, including information about the single party system, visual arts, social reforms, and Afro-Cuban religions.

Course Description
ENGL/ANTH  2423 Introduction to Folklore
HNRS 2020* Contemporary Cuban Culture and Society

* Can be taken for Gen Ed credit


June 2 Depart the US; arrive in Havana; onsite orientation
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June 19 Depart Havana; return to New Orleans
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Please note: this itinerary is tentative and subject to change


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Dr. Solimar Otero
Program Director
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Dr. Eric Mayer-Garcia Honors College Eric Garcia headshot

Eligibility & Withdrawal

Cuban flag tileIn order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students).
  • All students will be interviewed by faculty
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other institutions are also welcome.  

If the program fills up, priority will be given to Honors College students, students with at least two semesters of Spanish, and students with prior coursework related to Latin America.

Application Deadline
March 23, 2018

Although the application deadline is March 23, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 2, 2018.

Payment deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement when you apply and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and the tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU in early May and are due in mid-May (exact dates TBD by the Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After February 2, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
Withdrawal after February 2, 2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.

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