All meals, Flights, Housing, In-country transportation
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Admission Fees, Passport Fees, Tuition, Visa fees
The Cuban Experience Cuba, May 9 - June 1, 2015
SPAN 306/406 / ETHS 306
During three weeks of summer, students will have an opportunity to study in Matanzas, a city located on the northern shore of Cuba, about 60 miles from Havana. Traditionally Matanzas has been cradle of well-known artists, poets, painters and musicians. The Cuban National Dance - danzón - was created there. Matanzas holds two famous nicknames: "Athens of Cuba" due to its cultural prominence, monuments and architecture, and "The City of Bridges" due to the many bridges that cross its three rivers. The city has a population of about 170,000 and flourishes alongside a beautiful bay, surrounded by hills and mountains.
As its primary objective, this course immerses students in daily Cuban culture, develops and strengthens their proficiency in the Spanish language and invites them to interact with the local Cuban community. They will interact with artists, intellectuals, musicians, academic faculty, historians, and writers. Students will also meet scholars and visit places related to their academic majors.
The course will focus on Cuban culture and history. The main topics to be covered include: music, literature, theater and history. Each topic will be enriched by visits to museums, cultural and musical activities and performances. Students will take classes at Editorial Vigía, an important publishing house and main cultural institution in Cuba. Students will actively participate in the editing of a hand-crafted book, which will include their names in its credits. This will allow them to be completely immerse in another culture and langauge and will enhance their Spanish skills. More importantly, they will become familiar with different ways of working, thinking and interacting.
For more information, please contact Professor Damaris Punales-Alpizar (firstname.lastname@example.org)