Honors Program in Cuba
Students participating in this program will be enrolled in a 3 Credit Course (HONR 3087) during the Spring 2019 semester.
Program Coordinator: Dr. Ken Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Level: Freshman-Senior HONR 3087
This 10-day program immerses you in Cuba’s extraordinary culture, history, and social life. Our itinerary will move us from the cobble-stoned streets of Old Havana to the rich farmlands of tobacco country and the architectural gems of the island’s central provinces. Along our route, we will stay with local families, visit schools and medical facilities, cook Cuban cuisine, spend the day on a farm, dance salsa, walk in Hemingway’s footsteps, and engage with leaders in the fields of history, politics, economics, and the arts, to name but a few activities. Students will emerge from this program with a uniquely personal knowledge of one of the world’s most fascinating countries.
Host: Auburn University, Honors College
Instructor: Dr. Tiffany Sippial
- Auburn University undergraduate student in good standing
- Students from all majors are welcome to apply
- Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.
- 4 May 2019: Program start date
- 13 May 2019: Program end date
HONR 3087 Honors Study & Travel – Cuba
Please click to view the 2019 Estimated Student Budget.pdf.
Auburn students pay Auburn tuition and fees for a full time student during the spring semester prior to the trip. The student will be enrolled in the Honors Study and Travel Course (HONR 3087). Students will not pay additional tuition but may pay other fees and are also responsible for some meals and additional sightseeing.
All housing for the program is a mix of hotels and family stays.
Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is a country in the Caribbean comprising the main island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud and several archipelagos. Havana is Cuba's capital and its largest city. The United States is to the north of Cuba 150 km (93 mi) away, the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands to the northeast, Mexico to the west 210 km (130 mi) away, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica to the south and Haiti to the southeast. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and, with over 11 million inhabitants, the second-most populous after Hispañola. It is a multiethnic country whose people, culture and customs derive from diverse origins, including the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, the long period of Spanish colonialism, the introduction of African slaves, and a close relationship with the Soviet Union in the Cold War.
Cuba is ranked very high for human development by the United Nations, and high for health and education. In 2015, it became the first country to eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, a milestone hailed by the WHO as "one of the greatest public health achievements possible." (Source: Wikipedia)
During this program students will visit the cities of Santa Clara, Cienfuegos (Casas), Trinidad, Havana, Pinar del Rio Province, Old Havana, and Las Terrazas.
Program excursions will include:
- Walking tour of major sites in Santa Clara
- Visit to the Che Monument & Mausoleum
- Visit to a tobacco factory
- Tour of Playa Giron
- Hike in the Cienega de Zapata Biosphere Reserve
- Baseball game at Stadio Cienfuegos
- Visit and swim in El Nicho waterfall and spring-fed pools
- Walking tours of Trinidad’s sites and sounds
- Hike Topes de Collantes
- Visit Plaza Catedral
- Discussion with Professor Marta Nunez Sarmiento on economics, religion, gender issues
- Visit the galleries on Plaza Catedral
- Tour Hotel Nacional – headquarters of the Cuban Revolution
- Visit Old Havana (Habana Vieja) – a UNESCO World Heritage site
- A salsa dance lesson
- Tour the Museum of the Revolution
- Vintage Classic American car tour of Havana
- Visit the chocolate museum
- Tour La Moka – a sustainable development and reforestation project in the Santa del Rosario mountains – including the San Juan River waterfall and orchid gardens
- A biosphere nature hike guided by a naturalist
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check http://travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.
- All participants will obtain a visa for Cuba as part of the program (the visa cost is included in the program charges). Instructions will be given to students on how to obtain this visa.
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