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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba; Matanzas, Cuba; Trinidad and Playa Giron, Cuba; Varadero, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer I
  • Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer I
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 06/05/2021 06/26/2021
Summer I 2022 03/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Sponsorship: CWRU-arranged Click here for a definition of this term Program Purpose: Study
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Language Prerequisite: NO
Housing Options: Hostel, Hotel Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Director/Assistant Director: Damaris Punales-Alpizar, Spanish ( Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Angela Miller (
Credit Type: Graduate, Undergraduate Case Credit Type: General Humanities, Global and Diversity Credit
Number of Credits: 3 Deposit: 200
Click here for a definition of this term Remainder of Program Fee: 3604 Included in Program Cost: Housing, In-country transportation, Most Meals, Round-trip flight from Miami to Cuba, Visa Fees
Not Included in Program Cost: Lunch, Passport Fees, Tuition
Program Description:

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The Cuban Experience: SPAN 306/406, ETHS 306
Faculty: Professor Damaris Punales-Alpizar
Programs Dates:  June 5 -26, 2021

Please Note: While we are accepting applications for summer study abroad programs, we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation worldwide. It is still too early to determine whether or not students will be able to travel abroad this summer. Decisions regarding summer programs will be made later in the Spring 2021 semester.  

Approved for:
  • Global and Cultural Diversity
  • Humanities
The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that the Eirik Borve Fund for Foreign Language Instruction will offer $1,000 scholarships to CWRU undergraduates enrolled in CWRU language courses abroad in the summer of 2021.

Activities: Three weeks in Cuba: Two weeks in Matanzas and one week in Havana. Trips to the south part of Matanzas (Bay of Pigs); Trinidad (colonial and museum city); Taíno village and crocodile farm (Guamá), and visits to museums, publishing houses, libraries, Hemingway’s farm, art galleries, theaters, artistic neighborhoods (Fuster and Callejón de Hamel), countryside’s visits, Cuevas de Bellamar, Revolution Square, Cuban dance classes, among many other activities.

Program Summary: This is a three –week study-abroad intensive course that takes place at Casa de la Memoria Escénica, in Matanzas, Cuba. The course combines the unique advantages of a total immersion environment in Spanish with a classroom curriculum that includes conversation practice and study of relevant cultural, literary and historical issues. Students complete three hours of classroom instruction every morning, and conference sand workshop in the afternoons. In the puppets-making workshop with paper Mache students will work with people from the Casa de la Memoria Escénica. In addition, they participate in organized visits to historic sites and museums connected to the culture curriculum. The focus of the culture curriculum is the study of Cuban history and culture through its literature, visual arts, films, and music. After successful completion of the study-abroad program, students receive 3 upper-level credits in Spanish or Ethnic Studies. The course is interdisciplinary in approach and provides students with the tools they need to analyze and understand the complexities of modern Cuba. Students will have formal classes taught by their professor and talks and meetings with specialists on Cuban literature, art, architecture, history and others aspects of culture and society. In addition, they will attend lectures, participate in discussions, and take field trips that will expose them to many aspects of Cuban culture, such as art, architecture, music, dance, film, literature, artisan work, folklore, history and urban growth. The program aims to ensure that Case Western Reserve University students will return to Cleveland with an invigorated sense of inquiry, a better calibrated critical understanding of the complex situation facing Cuba today, and a wealth of newfound knowledge obtained precisely because of their in-country learning experiences.

Total Cost: $3,804 (Includes lodging, breakfast & dinners, all entrance fees, in-country transportation, airfare from Miami to Cuba, visas, and international health insurance).
Not included: Baggage fees, lunch, personal expenses