Latin American Societies: Cuba

Havana, Cuba streetview

Program Dates*: Mar 4-12, 2016
*Additional class meetings will take place on several Friday mornings prior to departure.
Application Deadline: October 15, 2015
Application Part 2 – Cuba 2016 (PUC Student) (PDF)
Application Part 2 – Cuba 2016 (External Applicant) – Coming soon

Program Snapshot

Earn History credit and complete an ExL requirement, all while experiencing the culture, history, and language that Cuba has to offer! Much of the course work is done during Spring semester, with the class culminating in an amazing travel component to Cuba.


The program takes place in multiple locations within Cuba. Participants depart from Miami and arrive to start their Cuban adventure in Havana and visit UNESCO sites such as Old Havana and the Viñales Valley. The program also includes a stay in Santiago, on the eastern end of the country, allowing students to see more than one part of the culture and country.

While on the program, students participate in several guided tours and excursions as a part of the courses. Students will stay in hotels during the program and meals will be provided.


Students take 3 credits and the course can be designated as an Experiential Learning course, allowing students to fulfill one of the university ExL requirements. In order to discuss how this program may fit into their plans of studies, students should meet with their academic advisor and the Program Director (Professor Kathleen Tobin). Students do not register for these courses on their own; instead, IAO works with the Office of the Registrar to register students after the study abroad application is complete.

Some class meetings will take place before/after the program dates of travel. The class is scheduled to meet on Fridays from 9:30am-12pm on these selected dates:
January – 15, 22, 29
February – 5, 12
March – 18

The course offerings are listed below.

Students must select ONE of the following:

  • HIST 42400 (Latin American Societies) – automatically ExL designated
  • SOC 49100*
  • POL 49000*
  • HIST 59000*

*Students taking this course can choose to add ExL credit at no extra charge. If you are interested in this, talk to the Program Director about your options.

Program Costs

Program participants are responsible for paying the program cost by the schedule shown below. Many students can use some of the same Financial Aid that they get during the normal Academic Year. IAO strongly recommends that students talk to the Office of Financial Aid & Student Accounts to find out more about their individual budgets.

Other expenses are a part of the Program Cost as outlined below. Program participants are responsible for making and meeting payments as outlined below.

Program Cost: $2800


  • Tuition and fees for 3 credits
  • Housing and meals
  • Excursions as part of the courses
  • International health insurance

Additional costs students should budget for include:

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Passport/visa costs
  • Personal spending money (shopping, extra meals, etc.)
  • Unexpected incidents

Payment Dates:

  • $300 deposit – October 15, 2015, or with application
    • Students are expected to pay a $300 deposit to the program at time of application. Without this deposit, you will not be admitted to the program. Once you are admitted, that payment goes towards the total program cost.
  • $1250 – November 15, 2015
  • $1250 – December 15, 2015

**Students may make payments in smaller increments or at earlier dates as long as the amounts and deadlines above are being met.

For an estimated analysis of anticipated costs and information on withdrawal policies, please refer to the program’s Financial Worksheet. (Coming Soon)

For more information on payments and information on the withdraw/refund policy, download the program’s Payment Agreement. (Payment Agreement and Refund Policy – Cuba 2016 (PDF))

Financial Aid & Scholarships

If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a Purdue University Calumet student, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Student Accounts in the Enrollment Services Center, Lawshe 130 to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this education abroad program. Participants on this program may be eligible to apply for these national and institutional scholarships (not an exhaustive list):

  • IAO Education Abroad Scholarship
  • Departmental scholarship for history/political science/economics majors – details in the academic department office in CLO

For more details concerning these and other scholarships, please see our Financial Aid & Scholarships page (

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