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Please note that Lehigh in Cuba is full for Winter 2013-14. Please consider one of our other Winter programs.


December 28, 2013 - January 7, 2014

Professor Jack Lule
Global Studies




$2,950 (Tentative) - The price, subsidized by Global Studies, includes tuition, hotel lodging (double occupancy), breakfast and some other meals, museum and excursion fees, as well as round-trip charter airfare between Miami and Havana. Not included: airfare to Miami, meals outside the program, mobile phone, and other personal expenses. Scholarships available for qualifying Global Studies students.



Experience New Year’s Eve and more in Havana, Cuba. For decades, Cuba has been off-limits to U.S. citizens as part of an embargo installed in response to the Communist revolution of the 1950s. The Obama administration has slowly lessened restrictions. You can be among the few Americans to visit this island – just a 90-minute plane ride from Miami. Led by Lehigh Professor Jack Lule, the course is open to students from any major. Students will earn 3 credits. Because this is a Global Studies program, the coursework and numerous field visits will be completely interdisciplinary. We will study the intersection of history, politics, media, and culture through music, revolution, television, art, beisbol, the slave trade, tobacco, and more. No knowledge of Spanish is required but would be useful to mention in your application. The program will be limited, competitive, and selective. Students are urged to apply early.



Havana, or La Habana, – founded in 1514 – was for centuries one of the world’s most prosperous ports and a crossroads of cultures. In the 1950s, the city was an international Las Vegas-style destination, with dance halls and casinos, global high-rollers and American mobsters. With the revolution led by Fidel Castro, the mobsters and others fled Havana – a scene depicted in the “Godfather II” movie. In some ways, the city has remained frozen in the 1950s with vintage American cars still cruising its streets. In other ways, the city is an exemplar of 21st century globalization as local and global culture intersect and interact. We will stay in thoroughly modern hotels but spend much time exploring Old Havana as well as beaches, farms, beisbol stadiums, sugar mills and tobacco plantations. The nation’s capital, Havana remains a center for Cuban culture, government and business.



Please follow this link to see our online registration instructions. In addition to the online registration, students are asked to briefly answer the following questions. You may submit your answers via e-mail to studyabroad@lehigh.edu:

1. What parts of your academic and/or personal background make you interested in study in Cuba?

2. Though Spanish is not required, how would you rate your ability to speak and understand Spanish?



GS 198 Global Studies in Cuba
(3 credits, SS)

This Lehigh faculty-led study abroad program allows students from any major to explore Cuba and understand its unique position in world affairs. The program will be centered in Havana and examine the history, politics and culture of the city and nation with numerous field trips and excursions as well as lectures from area experts. Students will earn 3 Lehigh credits in the social sciences and compile a multimedia portfolio of their time in Cuba. The program does not require Spanish language skills. 




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