Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Race, Republic, & Revolution in Cuba
Havana, Cuba

Summer 2017: June 26-July 14, 2017*


Havana, Cuba
Summer 2015

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: 

This study-abroad program is on-site in Cuba for two out of three 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:

The following information sessions will be held in the New Building, room 1.76, from 1:40-2:55 pm:

  • Wednesday, February 15
  • Wednesday, March 1
  • Monday, March 8

 

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE:

History of Contemporary Cuba (3 credits): This course will trace Cuban history, from the War of Independence of 1868, through the establishment of the Republic, up to and including the Revolution of 1959. The revolutionary period will be the main focus of the course. 

Through study, research, and firsthand experience, this course invites students to analyze the history of race in Cuba during the critical years of Republic (1902-1958) and Revolution (1959-Present). The course surveys the historical forces that framed the construction of race in Cuba including slavery, science, immigration and notions of "modernity" and "civilization. Emphasis is on uncovering the history of conceptions of race (and the political and economic policies that emerged from those conceptions) from the birth of the Republic through the Revolution.

Click here (pdf) for syllabus

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

 

PROGRAM NOTES:
  • 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.

 

HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELERS TO CUBA:
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.

Typhoid

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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APPLICATION & DEADLINE:

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

Application Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017However, 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. 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE & POLICIES:

Estimated Program Fee: $2,700.00**
**Subject to change. Includes double occupancy accommodations, roundtrip airfare, visa costs, most meals, international health insurance, excursions and on-site transportation associated with program. Does not include tuition, some meals, personal expenses & excursions, local transportation not associated with the program, etc.

Summer 2017 Costs


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

John Jay College Tuition and Fees
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

FINANCIAL AID:

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

SCHOLARSHIPS:

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Academic Inquiries:
Prof. John A. Gutierrez, Dept. of Latin American and Latina/o Studies 
Email: jgutierrez@jjay.cuny.edu 
Tel.: 212.237.8667

Ken Yanes, Dep. Director
kyanes@jjay.cuny.edu
Tel. 212-484-1339 

Emily Ahmetaj, Coordinator
eahmetaj@jjay.cuny
Tel. 212-887-6105 

studyabroad@jjay.cuny.edu
212-484-1390 

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