Study Abroad


Cuba: Race, Gender and Revolution

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This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2014-15 term.

UMAIE Course Number: T4457
SAU Course Equivalency: +IS 210, Selected Topics in Culture and Civilization or SPAN 360, Special Topics in Hispanic Cultural Studies (four credits)
Instructor: Pilar Cabrera and Daniel Gerling, Augustana College
Prerequisites: One semester of college Spanish or the equivalent
Dates: Jan. 6-27, 2015 (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 14)
Location: Cuba (Havana, Varadero, Guanabacoa) and Miami, Florida
Price: $5,595-$5,895 (subject to change)

Program description

We will seek to understand Cuban society by studying the clashes and interactions between different ethnic groups in a history fraught by slavery and racism, but also distinguished by the vibrancy of its cultural mixes. We will discover how inequality and social discontent led to the island's two major revolutions-1898 and 1959-and how these revolutions in turn shaped race and gender. Our investigation of prejudice will extend from its roots in Colonial times to encompass the transformations that took place with the Socialist Revolution, from its initial hostility to gays to its current promotion of transgenderism. The study of Spanish with local teachers will facilitate the students' ability to understand daily Cuban life and interact with common people.

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis 
  • Hotel accommodation in double and triple rooms
  • Continental breakfast (subject to change)
  • Travel assistance
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals not included in program fee
  • Personal baggage fees

How to apply

Priority Deadline: April 12, 2014
Step 1: Complete the online application  
Step 2:  Submit a $500 deposit to the Center for International Education (Cosgrove Hall, lower level). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 3: Submit a completed Liability Form to Cosgrove Hall, lower level.
Step 4: Pay your remaining balance by November 1.  Submit your payment to Cosgrove Hall, lower level. Make checks payable to St. Ambrose.

Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.

Application and Payment Details
  • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
  • The $500 deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is canceled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 17.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.
  • Failure to meet deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.