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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba; ViƱales, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Discipline of Study: Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Contemporary Arts, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Relations, Gender Studies, History, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Liberal Studies, Photography, Political Science, Spanish Language Studies, Visual Arts Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Residencia Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Status: 2nd year (Sophomore), 3rd year (Junior), 4th year (Senior), 5th year and beyond (Super Senior) Program Type: Study
Program Description:
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Roukema Center for International Education
Office of Study Abroad & Off-Campus Programs

CUBA: Revolution and Evolution

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  • Term: Summer
  • Location: Havana, Cuba
  • Credits: 4 credits
  • Prerequisites: Readings in Humanities
  • Disclaimer: All Ramapo College students in good academic and judicial standing are eligible. Students of other U.S. colleges or universities are also eligible.


Course Description - "Cuba: Revolution and Evolution" (LLAS 325 / INTL 325)
The Revolution and Evolution course in Cuba introduces students to the country’s history and culture by focusing on the themes of revolution and evolution. As an interdisciplinary program, this course seeks to expose students to how politics and aesthetics have undergone change under socialism, and how Cubans have negotiated their lives in an increasingly interdependent and unipolar world.  Students will come to appreciate an historical event--a revolution--as a process that needs to take into account a changing global scenario.  The historical perspective will serve to explain the evolving nature of U.S.-Cuba relations.  Additionally, students will use lectures, reflection sessions, and various interactions with students, academics, professionals, and everyday Cubans to learn how the “real” Cuba compares and contrasts with representations of the island in U.S. popular culture and elsewhere. 

The course will be divided between pre-travel meetings at Ramapo, two weeks in Cuba, and one post-travel activity at Ramapo. Prior to the trip, students will complete readings and film screenings that will help familiarize them with the topics and places they will encounter in-country.  In Cuba, 14 days will be spent in Havana and two days in Las Terrazas / Viñales. During this time, students will complete writing assignments and take digital photographs. 
Students will explore the theoretical and political implications of Cuban literature, history, and visual culture in a variety of social spaces, from art galleries and architectural tours, to museums and cultural salons.
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  • Visit major sites in Havana (Casa Natal de Jose Marti, Jose Marti Memorial, Plaza de la Revolucion, Museo de la Revolucion and Granma Memorial)
  • Tour of Old Havana
  • Hear guest lectures from Cuban scholars on a variety of issues
  • Engage with Cuban artists in studio and musicians
  • Visit Regla by ferry
  • Take a salsa dance class
  • Enjoy delicious Cuban food, including ice cream from Coppelia
  • Enjoy evening concert
  • 2 day/1 night excursion to Las Terrazas/Viñales, including organic farm visit and lunch, and hike
  • Relax at a local beach

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Students will reside in a centrally-located hotels. All breakfasts are included, as well as some additional meals.


Program fee for NJ Residents: $5495
Program fee for non-NJ Residents: $6690

Program fee includes: round-trip international airfare; comprehensive pre-departure and on-site orientation; Cuban Academic Visa; health & security insurance; on-site accommodations; all breakfasts and some additional meals; all excursions and entrance fees; and in-country program transportation.
Program fee does not include: US airport transfers; some meals; personal expenses
Payment Timeline
  Application Deadline Jan. 21
  Commitment &
 $500 Deposit (non-refundable)
Feb. 5
  Payment #1: $1665 Mar. 4
  Payment #2: $1665 Apr. 1
  Payment #3: $1665 May 1

Late Fees : A late fee of $35 will be assessed for each payment not received by the payment deadlines communicated to you by the International Programs Office.
Note : There will be a 3-day grace period before a late fee is assessed.


Scholarships are available for eligible applicants:



Professor Iraida Lopez


The Roukema Center for International Education
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road - ASB123, Mahwah, NJ 07430 USA
Telephone: (201) 684-7533