Explore the geographical and historical transformation of Cuba from colonial times to the present day.
Dates: July 11 – August 5, 2017
Units: 6 units
Language of Instruction: English
Courses: Geography 100: Field Study of Cuba: Landscapes of Power, Production, and Promise
During the program, you will take one course for a total of 6 UC Berkeley units.
This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.
Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.
The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:
|2017 Fees||UC Students||Visiting Students|
|Tuition (6 units)||$2,460||$3,120|
|Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.|
In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.
|International Airfare and Transportation||$400|
|Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visa, etc.)||$606|
|Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses||$1,812|
Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.
Tuition is based on a per unit cost:
The program fee includes the following items:
Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.
The following items are excluded from the program fee:
Elizabeth Vasile, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Vasile is a human geographer with interests in the transformations of urban space and in historical geographies of migration and transnational exchange. Regionally, her interests span across North Africa/Southern Europe and Latin America, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean and the Caribbean as zones of hybridity and emergence. Working as an academic and applied researcher on long and short-term field studies in Tunisia, Mexico, and California, she has used methods of ethnographic observation and landscape interpretation to explore changes in the built environment, cultural identities, and the relationship of people to land and resources. Since 2012, she has led a variety of educational travel programs to Cuba, and she gives field lectures in Spanish on the history of San Francisco and the Bay Area for visitors from Latin America. At UC Berkeley, she serves as executive director of an interdisciplinary social science research center. Elizabeth earned a Ph.D. in geography from UC Berkeley, where she wrote a dissertation on informal urban settlements on the periphery of Tunis, based on two years of field research in Tunisia and France.
|Application opens||February 1, 2017|
|Application closes||March 10, 2017|
|Applicants notified of selection||March 22, 2017|
|Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit||April 3, 2017|
|Attend pre-departure orientation*||Late April-May|
|Arrive in Havana||July 11, 2017|
|Last day of program||August 5, 2017|
* These events take place on the UC Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.
All dates are subject to change.
Located on the northern coast of an island nation, Havana embodies the layered historiographies of indigenous, colonial, and modern architecture and cultures. Whether exploring Old Havana or Malecón, visitors can take in the wide variety that Havana offers. Museums, churches, fortresses, and plazas provide dynamic ways to experience the city and live music can be heard emanating from restaurants every night
You will stay at a hostel in Havana, Cuba.
|Accommodations are subject to change.|
A comprehensive orientation will be provided both on the UC Berkeley campus as well as on-site. Orientation will cover various topics, including academics, local culture, health and safety, transportation, and more.