Study Abroad


Inside the Revolution: Life in Socialist Cuba

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This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2015-16 term.

UMAIE Course Number:  T4652
SAU Course Equivalency:  +IS 210, Topics in International Studies (4 credits)
Instructors:  Dr. Cory Conover, Department of History, and Dr. Stephen Minister, Department of Philosophy, Augustana College, South Dakota
Prerequisites:  None. The ability to speak Spanish is beneficial, but not required.
Tentative Dates:  January 4 -24, 2016. SAU Spring semester begins January 20.
Location: Cuba (Havana, Playes Esta, Viñales), Miami, Florida
Price: $5,295-$5,595 

Program description

Few places capture the imagination more than Cuba. Images of an idyllic tropical island of vintage cars and a bearded Fidel Castro giving fiery anti-Yanqui speeches have fascinated and perplexed Americans for decades.

In this course, you will see for yourself the reality – and perhaps the surreality – of Cuban life under the socialist revolution. We will spend one week of online classes preparing for our stay on the island. Our two weeks in Cuba will be split between Havana, the beach, and the beautiful tobacco-growing region. You will see the triumphs and contradictions of socialist Cuba as well as the music, dance, and street life that have made Cuba famous.

Exploring Cuba is made easier by its extremely low crime rate and few restrictions on travelers. Our trip concludes with a stay in Miami to visit Little Havana and talk to Cuban-Americans about their dreams of Cuba after Castro.

Watch the YouTube promotional video for the program.

What is included

  • Study abroad fee, in lieu of tuition
  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis
  • Hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Some lunches and dinners 
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals (when not included in program fees) - estimated cost is $180. 
  • Personal baggage fees and spending money

How to apply

Application Deadline: October 1, 2015
Step 1: Complete the online application.
Step 2: Fill out a Liability Form. Upload the form into your online application or submit it to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
Step 3: Choose an airport and fill out a Deviation Form (pdf).
Step 4: Submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 5: If your application is approved, follow the next steps for accepted students.

Payment deadlines and instructions

  • October 1, 2015: $500 deposit due
    Turn in your deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). 
    Deposit checks should be made payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL. 
  • November 1, 2015: remaining balance due
    Turn in your final payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
    Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University or pay online with credit card.
    Credit card users - Indicate that the payment is for the SPRING 2016 term.

Payment details

  • Read the UMAIE Rules and Procedures regarding additional payment policies.
  • The $500 deposit is refundable ONLY if you are not accepted or if the program is canceled.
  • If you are accepted, all payments are non-refundable after each payment deadline.
  • All payments are deducted from the total program cost.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Credit card users will incur additional service fees.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.