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College of Charleston in Havana, Cuba

Apply here by November 30, 2018

*Students planning to use scholarships/financial aid must apply prior to November 1, 2018

Applicants will log into the application portal, Via TRM, using their CofC email and MyCharleston password.

Program Overview

The College of Charleston study abroad program in Havana, Cuba is designed for students majoring or minoring in Spanish, History, Women and Gender Studies, Political Science, Art History, Urban Studies, Latin American Caribbean Studies, and International Studies, or others who can apply this study towards their degree program.

Program Dates

February 14 to April 28, 2019

Program Director

Ashley Wendt, MPH;

Ashley Wendt is an Adjunct Instructor for Women and Gender Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the College of Charleston. Wendt first fell in love with Latin America during her own Cuban study abroad experience as a student at the College of Charleston.  Since then, she has lived and worked in the region for a number of years, first serving as a Community Health Educator in Nicaragua with the Peace Corps and later working in Belize evaluating HIV/AIDS programs with the United Nations Development Programme.  Professor Wendt has worked in the public health and international development field for more than a decade.  Her research interests include women’s health and community health, particularly focused on health inequalities and community based/grassroots interventions.  She is an avid traveler, having visited over 28 countries and is passionate about experiencing other cultures. Professor Wendt is very excited to be serving as Director for the Spring 2019 CofC study abroad program to Havana, Cuba.

Program Requirements

  • Interested students must be degree seeking full-time students at the College of Charleston
  • Students must have an overall 2.5 GPA
  • Students must either already possess a valid passport, or be able to obtain a valid passport

Program Highlights

A unique opportunity to study on-site in Cuba, one of our nearest, most significant and exotic neighbors. Cuba blends the experience of cultures -- African, European, American --which creates a unique environment that students will be able to experience  by  enrolling  in courses taught by College of Charleston faculty as well as Cuban scholars. This program will offer one semester in Cuba where students can earn 12-15 hours of credit through the College of Charleston. Students will live with carefully selected Cuban families to provide an enriching cultural and social experience. Students will be exposed to an array of cultural activities and study trips designed to encourage direct interaction with the Cuban people. The program is designed to allow students to further their Spanish language skills as well as learn about the rich heritage of Cuba as reflected in its culture, economy, political and social history, art, music, and rich natural environment. Classes are conducted Monday through Thursday, allowing weekends to explore the island. Several study-visits and day trips, including a longer excursion to other parts of the large Island, with cultural activities and lectures will be an integral part of the student experience while in Cuba.  Students must have an overall GPA of 2.5.

Courses Offered

Students must enroll in at least 12 hours (4 courses) to maintain full-time status.

LACS 101: Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies
LACS 103: Introduction to Contemporary Cuba
POLI 340: Politics of Latin America
POLI 245: The Cuban Revolution
SPAN 328: Spanish Language Study Abroad
WGST 120: Introduction to Women's Health in the Caribbean

Note: Students should meet with their academic advisors to verify which courses meet the requirements for their major or minor.

Program Costs

Students will pay their normal College of Charleston semester tuition, plus a program fee. The program fee of $5,895 (estimated for Spring 2019) includes the round-trip airfare from Charleston to Cuba, lodging with breakfast and dinner in private residences (casas particulares) in Havana, all ground transportation and entrance fees during program excursions, academic visas and health insurance.

Additional costs beyond the tuition and program fee are: passport fees, some meals, and any personal travel and other personal expenses/spending money during the semester.

*The program fee is subject to change

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Any financial aid that a student currently has at the College of Charleston will apply for their semester abroad in Cuba (ie. Life Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Academic Scholarships, Federal Student Loans and Grants, etc.).  Students should meet with an advisor in the Office of Financial Assistance to determine exactly what aid a student is eligible for.  Additionally, the Center for International Education awards scholarships for the semester that range between $500 and $2000.  All students are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Application deadline is November 30, 2018 for the Spring 2019 program. For more information, contact the Center for International Education ( or 843.953.7661). The CIE is located in the Multicultural Center (207 Calhoun Street).  To apply, please visit the application page, on ViaTRM. Please note that a non-refundable $50 application fee, will be charged to the student’s MyCharleston account once the application has been submitted to, and approved by, the CIE. This fee is included in the program fee of $5,895.