|Restrictions:||Lehigh applicants only|
|Area of Study:||Communications, International Relations, Journalism, Latin American Studies||Experience / Activity Type:||Classes, Field Study|
|Credit type:||LU credit||Minimum GPA:||2.0|
|Class Eligibility:||First Year, Junior, Senior, Sophomore||Housing Option:||Homestay, Hotel/Hostel|
|LU Program Director:||Lule, Jack (firstname.lastname@example.org)||Number of Credits:||3|
|Host:||Lehigh Program||LU Study Abroad Advisor:||Katy Rene (email@example.com)|
|Global Engineering Consortium:||No|
LEHIGH IN CUBA
COM 197 Cuba: Media, Sports and Society
- Tuesday, September 12th 4:10pm - 5:00pm Coppee 101
- Wednesday, September 20th 4:10pm - 5:00pm Coppee 101
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, September 22, 2017
- Interviews will take place the week of 9/25
- Students will be notified of the decision by 9/29.
NOTE: Applicants will be required to provide the Study Abroad office with a copy of a valid passport (with an expiration date of July 2018 or later) at the time of application in order to allow sufficient time for visa procurement.
A statement of intent is required of all applicants. Please indicate in one (1) page your reason for wishing to study in Cuba and any background or experience that might be useful to the class. Spanish language is not required, but please note your level of proficiency, if applicable. Statement should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Applications for this program will NOT be reviewed on a rolling basis. An in-person interview may be scheduled on the week of 9/25 as part of the selection process. Details regarding interview times and scheduling will be sent via email to all applicants.
Estimated at $3,999 – This includes tuition for three credits, accommodations in double rooms (breakfast included), several lunches and dinners. Also included is all local transportation, including airport transfer on arrival and departure from Cuba, and entrance fees to scheduled activities.
Not included: $50 registration fee, airfare, meals outside the program itinerary, personal expenses, and/or other costs.
Note: Due to visa requirements, all participants will be required to arrive together. A group flight will be booked from Miami (MIA) to Havana (HAV). Flight cost and information is TBD. The cost of the group flight is not included in the estimated program fee above. All participants will be responsible for arranging transportation to arrive at Miami International Airport in time for the group flight.
* A limited number of need-based scholarships are also available. Applications will be evaluated according to a student's financial need and an essay describing the possible significance of this experience to their academic and professional development. Deadlines are posted on the Fillable Travel Grant Form.
Students are encouraged to review the Finances section of the Lehigh Study Abroad website for information on additional funding opportunities.
COM 197 Cuba: Media, Sports and Society (3 credits SS)
Though 90 miles from America’s shore, a 40-minute plane ride, Cuba has been off limits to most Americans for many years. Yet Cuba occupies a truly unique position in the history of the Americas. Strategically situated between North and South America and a land of incredible beauty and resources, Cuba was coveted and fought over by Spain, Britain and the United States. The Communist Revolution of Fidel Castro overthrew colonialism and ultimately led to decades of tensions between Cuba and the United States, tensions that are still at the forefront of U.S. and Cuban politics today, even as the countries make steps toward a new relationship. Because they are central to Cuban history and culture, journalism and sports provide an important lens to view not only Cuba but U.S.-Cuban relations. This program will offer students the opportunity to visit Cuba themselves and use journalism and sports as a means to study and report upon the many changes in Cuban social, political, economic and cultural life. Through historical study, site visits, presentations by leading experts, and interviews with Cuban people from all walks of life, students will gain and share unique perspectives into Cuba, perspectives still unknown to most Americans.
- Identify and analyze major events in U.S.-Cuban relations;
- Describe the role of journalism and sports in Cuban social and political life
- Demonstrate an ability to work as a team with diverse individuals in a global context
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills in the areas of cultural analysis and intercultural understanding
- Apply an understanding of Cuban society including its politics, economy, society, history, identity and culture through the creation and design of multimedia presentations and exhibits.
Evidence of student learning will involve direct methods, such as: evaluations of student performance in research projects, field work and service learning settings as well as evaluations of writing, presentations, performances, and exhibits, with faculty-developed rubrics. Indirect methods will involve student surveys.