Cuba Study Abroad 2017


A Revolutionary Perspective on Education

July 14-23, 2017


Join Florida International University and The University of New Mexico for a 9-day trip to Cuba in which we'll focus on educational practice and philosophy on the island. We'll visit museums with stunning collections, meet with grassroots organizations working on literacy, environmental science, and the humanities, interact with k-12 teachers and administrators, tour university campuses and meet with professors, and dialogue with community members about the role of society and culture in education. Through these exchanges we will explore themes of literacy education, alternative learning models, teacher education, culturally relevant pedagogy, and civic engagement and social responsibility. We will explore various districts in and around Havana as part of the planned itinerary, and free evenings will allow participants additional time to explore on their own. The program kicks off on July 14, 2017 in Miami, FL, with a one-day educational training session led by FIU Cuban Studies experts. In addition to bringing all participants together, the session will provide a basic foundation on Cuba and contextualize the issues and topics that will be examined while abroad.

For a complete itinerary of activities (subject to change), please view the program guide.

This is the second year that this program has been offered. For a helpful perspective of how last year's program unfolded, visit A Revolutionary Perspective on Education blog.


PRACTICING EDUCATORS RECEIVE A SPECIAL RATE OF $2,195. The sponsoring institutions have partially subsidized the program in order to make the trip more financially accessible for practicing educators. This includes administrators, teachers, educational aides, or librarians of private, public, or charter K-12 schools and faculty within a College of Education or Teacher Education program. This subsidy is made available with the support of the institutions' U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grants. As a result of grant guidelines, non-educators are not eligible for this subsidy and must pay the complete program fee of $2,695. For more details or questions about individual eligibility, contact your respective institution.

Space is limited. Individuals are encouraged to reserve their space as soon as possible. Priority will be granted to educators, but all are eligible to participate.

The program fee of $2,195 (or $2,695 for non-educators) includes:

  • Accommodations at Hotel Bosque in Havana (based upon double occupancy)
  • Single occupancy available for additional $200
  • Breakfast and either lunch or dinner every day
  • Transportation to/from airport in Havana
  • Ground transportation for all programmed activities in Cuba
  • Entrance fees for programmed activities (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Guides and translation for programmed activities
  • Health insurance

The program fee does not include the following:

  • Domestic roundtrip airfare to/from Miami
  • Roundtrip airfare from the US to Cuba*
  • Cuban airport departure tax (mandatorily provided by US air carriers as part of airfare)
  • Expenses in Miami, including transportation to and from mandatory one-day session on July 14, 2017
  • Meals not included in the program
  • Drinks, tips, etc.
  • Optional and/or unscheduled activities including transportation for those activities

*please note that summer flights to Cuba can sell out far in advance and may be subject to price spikes depending on availability. Please contact us to discuss when and how to make your flight reservations as soon as you have provided your deposit. Program fees will not be refunded if you are unable to reserve airfare to Cuba.

More Information and Important Deadlines

For complete details regarding program costs and itinerary, see our program guide. To reserve your space, complete the registration form and submit it along with the $500 non-refundable deposit and copy of your passport (which must be current through January 2018). Materials should be submitted to Isabel Carretero or Katrina Dillon (contact info below). Payment is accepted in the form of personal checks (provided they have a current address and phone number); cashier's checks; money orders; and by credit card. To pay by credit card, visit our secure payment portal and select either "deposit" to pay the $500 fee or "program fee" to pay the amount in full.

Deposits are due no later than April 14, 2017, but space is limited to 15 participants and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The full program fee is due May 12, 2017.

Information Session: For New Mexico participants, an information session will be held at the Latin American & Iberian Institute (801 Yale Blvd NE) on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free parking will be provided in the gravel parking lot labeled "J" immediately adjacent to the LAII.

Program & Registration:

Contacts: For questions, please contact:

  • Florida International University
    Isabel Carretero, 305-348-2894,