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Study Abroad


Program Description
Hofstra in Cuba
January 5-23, 2018

Program Description
Hofstra in Cuba
January 5-23, 2018

The Hofstra in Cuba study abroad program offers an academically rich experience that is sure to result in new understandings and enduring insights ...global and personal. Two Hofstra faculty members — an international communications specialist, researcher and journalist and a health care educator and program consultant – have teamed up to offer an integrated experiential opportunity that will provide interactive learning experiences, as well as a distinctive introduction and analysis of Cuba's complex past, its changing present, and its promising future.

This program encompasses two primary areas of study and offers students a unique perspective on the culture, politics and people of Cuba, with the opportunity for service-oriented activities and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Based in Havana, students will settle in to a work/study routine that allows them to briefly become part of the community in which they will reside.

A variety of cultural and educational activities will be included such as:

  • Tour through the Old Havana
  • Guided visit to the Museum of the Revolution
  • Exposure to the syncretic Afro-Cuban religion of Santería
  • Visit to the international film school founded by Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Visits to Radio Havana and other major media installations
  • Visits to health care facilities, long term and day care programs with the opportunity to engage with older adults and assist caregivers
  • Opportunities to interview and document the lives of Cuban people through various media
  • Weekend excursions where students can explore the island on their own

Program Details
Hofstra in Cuba
January 5-23, 2018


Students from Hofstra and other universities are encouraged to apply.

Application Information

For an application, please visit Hofstra.edu/studyabroad and click on "Study Abroad Applications" under the "Useful Resources" tab. Download and complete the Hofstra in Cuba Program application and the four (4) necessary forms. Bring the completed application, necessary forms and $400 nonrefundable deposit to the Office of Study Abroad Programs, 107 Roosevelt Hall, South Campus, by October 6, 2017.


The program fee is estimated at $3550 per person. This covers: round-trip air travel from New York to Havana; 18 nights/19 days in single or double rooms in private residences; breakfast every day; lunch and dinner during the week and the first weekend of the trip when with the group; throughout the trip; ground transportation; cultural activities; guest lectures by fully qualified faculty members of the University of Havana; 24/7 support from an on-site Resident Director in Cuba; health insurance; Cuban entry visa; and more.

In addition to the program fee, participants pay standard Hofstra tuition and fees for one three-credit course.

*Program fee quoted above is subject to change and based on the number of participants.

No prior knowledge of Spanish is required to enjoy the full benefits of this program. This program will be limited to a maximum of 25 student participants.

For further information about the program, please contact:

Professor Mario A. Murillo
Department of Radio, Television, Film and LACS, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program
Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549-1040
Email:  Mario.A.Murillo[at]hofstra.edu
Telephone: 516-463-6062
Office: Kalikow School, Room 410

Professor Kirby Veevers
Department of Health Professions
School of Health Sciences and Human Services
Hofstra University
Email: Kirby.Veevers[at]hofstra.edu
Telephone: 516-319-7578

Available Courses
Hofstra in Cuba
January 5-23, 2018

Students can choose one of two three-credit courses:

HPR 179  (Major core elective): Health, Culture and Elder Care in Cuba

Please note: Graduate students are also welcome!  With prior arrangement, special provisions can be made to tailor a graduate-level course.

LACS 015 (CC, IS): Special Topics: Journeys through Latin America – Cuba Today

Please note: Graduate students are also welcome! With prior arrangement, special provisions can be made to tailor a graduate-level course (LACS 215).