March 13-20, 2020 (During Spring Recess)

The Hofstra in Cuba study abroad program offers an academically rich experience that will result in new understandings and enduring insights – both global and personal. Two Hofstra faculty members – an international communications specialist, researcher and journalist, and a professor of History and Latin American Studies – 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, evolving present and challenging future.

Learn About the Program

The unique ten-day program offers students a unique perspective on the history, culture, politics and people of Cuba, with the opportunity for first-hand research, cross cultural exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Based in Havana, Cuba’s capital city, students will settle in to a work/study routine during Spring Recess that allows them to immerse themselves in the community in which they are residing. There will be several weeks of classroom preparation prior to departure for both applicable courses being offered.

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

  • Tour through Old Havana
  • Guided visits of the Museum of the Revolution and Jose Marti Monument
  • Visit to the National Archive
  • Exposure to the syncretic Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria
  • Visit to multiple media outlets to meet with practitioners and discuss the media with leading scholars
  • A series of lectures from researchers and professors from the University of Havana


Students from Hofstra and other universities are encouraged to apply.

Application Information

For an application, please visit 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 19, 2019.


The program fee is estimated at $2,300 per person.  This covers: round-trip air travel from New York to Havana; 10 days/11 nights in single or double rooms in private residences; ground transportation; breakfast every day; lunch and dinner during the week and the first weekend of the trip when with the group; 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 during the Spring 2019 semester.

*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.

Students can choose one of two three-credit courses:

  • MASS 181Q/JRNL 180E: Cuban Media, Journalism and Analysis (Elective in either MASS or JRNL, with department permission).
    Graduate students are welcome! With prior arrangement, special provisions can be made to tailor a graduate-level course (HADM 251-B).
  • LACS 015 (CC, IS): Special Topics: Journeys through Latin America – Contemporary Cuba in Historical Context
    Graduate students are welcome! With prior arrangement, special provisions can be made to tailor a graduate-level course (LACS 215).

Contact the Program

For further information about the program, please contact:

Mario A. Murillo

Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
318 Herbert School
(516) 463-5214

Brenda Elsey

Department of History and Latin American Caribbean Studies Program
308 Shapiro Family Hall
(516) 463-7003