Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

The Cuban Revolution:
Social Justice, Race & Emigration

Havana, Cuba

Summer 2018: 
June 24-July 21, 2018*

Havana, Cuba
Summer 2015



This study-abroad program is on-site in Cuba for three out of four weeks. The course will be taught on the John Jay College campus for one week, prior to departure. Havana is one of Latin America's most important and vibrant cities.  It is also the epicenter of historical contests over notions of cubanidad and the ways in which race helps to define Cuban national identity.  Students will travel throughout the Cuban capital and visit important sites marking not only Republican and Revolutionary history but also the racial history of the island.  In addition to Havana, students will take a number of excursions to other cities including Santa Clara, Trinidad and Cienfuegos that will provide a non-primary city perspective on the construction and implementation of racial norms and practices.

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.


Information sessions will be held from 1:40-2:55 (community hour), in the New Building, room 1.76.

  • Monday, February 26
  • Tuesday, March 6
  • Monday, March 19 



History of Contemporary Cuba (3 credits)Students are invited to learn firsthand about one of the most notable national experiments in social justice: the Cuban Revolution.

The process of revolutionary change that started in 1959 transformed Cuban society. Through actual study and experience in Cuba, this course will give the student the opportunity to evaluate both the accomplishments and costs of implementing a revolutionary agenda for the attainment of social justice. How did the struggle for social justice become a principal guiding force behind the Cuban Revolution? To what extent has the revolution achieved social justice? What are the costs and consequences of a pervasive process of revolutionary change intended to achieve social justice, especially considering the persistence of race and emigration as prominent features of present-day Cuban society?

Click here(pdf) for syllabus

  1. Minimum of a 2.5 GPA required  
  2. Sophomore standing or permission from instructor
  3. ENG 101


  • Housing: Students will stay in double-occupancy accommodations. Accommodations consist of furnished (double) rooms with private or shared facilities. The bathroom, kitchen and living room are shared space with other students. 
  • Fluctuating exchange rates and other fees may lead to program cost changes.
  • Program cost is based on a minimum number of participants for the program.
  • Students should discuss applicability of financial aid with the Financial Aid office.
  • All CUNY students must meet with their study abroad advisor to be sure the proper e-Permit registration process is followed.
  • All non-CUNY students are encouraged to apply early, to be sure there is ample time to apply and register for classes at John Jay College. Please contact OISP for more information regarding the application process. Please note: Tuition rate per credit is different for non-CUNY students. More tuition information can be found here: http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/undergraduate-tuition-fees

    Photo by: Xochitl Ariza
    Summer 2016

  • Refund Policy: Payment of the program deposit indicates the student understands and agrees to the Office of International Studies & Program’s payment and refund policies.  Students who withdraw from a John Jay College program after confirming participation, but before the program begins, will lose the non-refundable deposit and any unrecoverable costs: students will be refunded 50 percent of program fees 30 days prior to the program start date, and 25 percent of program fees 14 days prior to the program start date. After the start of the program, no refunds will be provided, and the student is responsible for all program fees. If the program fee is not paid in full, there will be a hold placed on her/his CUNYfirst account.
  • For faculty-led programs, tuition refunds will be granted following the College’s policies.  For more information, please visit: http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/understading-your-financial-obligation.
  • College-based funders retain the right to recoup funds from the student account if the student does not follow rules of the CUNY Travel Waiver & Release Form, uses the funds for other purposes, or withdraws from the program. Students must understand that they are responsible for full payment of the amount owed to the department.
  • The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) has the right to modify or cancel the program, including  changes to the program dates, costs, scheduled visits, program itinerary, etc., as dictated by economic and/or political situations, etc.
  • Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare, and for their itinerary. Due to possible changes in program dates/itinerary information, students are not to purchase airfare until prompted by OISP.
  • Students are encouraged to apply early, due to limited space.
  • Information is tentative, and subject to change, **program cost(s), syllabi, *dates, etc.


It is important to be aware of the health information provided by the US Center for Disease Control and
Prevention. All vaccines should be up to date, and it is important to check the vaccines and medicines list and
visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. Ask your
doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you
will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US. 
More information can be found on the Center for Disease Control website.

Please note that all travelers:

Should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

Routine vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

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Please note that most travelers:

Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.


You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Cuba. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

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Hepatitis A

CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Cuba, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

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Applications are available from the Office of International Studies & Programs (Haaren Hall, Suite 530). Applications can also be found here.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2018However, qualified applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis until places are filled. Thus, due to limited places, students are encouraged to apply early.

Please note: An application fee of $40.00 is due at the time of application. Money orders, personal checks and cash are accepted. Applications will not be accepted if incomplete. More information can be found here.

All non-CUNY students will need to pay an additional $65.00 at time of application due to a non-degree application fee. 


Estimated Program Fee: $3,050.00**
**Subject to change. Includes double-occupancy accommodations, round-trip airfare to/from Cuba, visa costs, most meals, international health insurance, excursions and on-site transportation associated with program. Does not include tuition & fees, some meals, personal expenses & excursions, local transportation not associated with the program, etc.

Summer 2018 Costs

Please note: all non-CUNY students, please contact OISP for more information

John Jay College Tuition and Fees:
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees


Students should make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office to discuss the applicability of their financial aid to this program. 


Inquire at the Office of International Studies & Programs for information. If you are a John Jay student, you can apply for the JJC Study-Abroad ScholarshipJJC Student Travel Fund, and the CUNY Chancellor’s Global Scholarship. For more on scholarship opportunities click here. U.S.-wide scholarship opportunities can be found here.

Contact Mr. Michael Scaduto, Associate Director of Financial Aid, for more information in regards to the JJC Study-Abroad Scholarship and general scholarship opportunities for John Jay students at 212-237-8872 or email at mscaduto@jjay.cuny.edu


Academic Inquiries:
Prof. Lisandro Perez, Dept. of Latin American and Latina/o Studies 
Email: loperez@jjay.cuny.edu
Tel.: +

Ken Yanes, Dep. Director
Tel. +1.212.484.1339 


Office Location:
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Haaren Hall, Suite 530

Mailing Address:
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Haaren Hall, Suite 530