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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Lehigh applicants only
Fact Sheet:
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 ( Number of Credits: 3
Host: Lehigh Program LU Study Abroad Advisor: Katy Rene (
AACSB accredited: No Exchange: No
Global Engineering Consortium: No
Program Description:


 COM 197 Cuba: Media and Society

Lehigh in Cuba 2018-19 winter program will be updated soon!
PROGRAM DATES:      January 3-13, 2018

- 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

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.


CUBA3COM 197 Cuba: Media and Society (3 credits SS)
This Lehigh faculty-led study abroad program, open to all Lehigh students, explores the social, political, economic and cultural changes occurring in Cuba. Special attention is given to journalism, media and sports, which shape but are also shaped by the ongoing transformations of Cuban life, and provide an important lens through which to view Cuba.
Topics will include a history of Cuban journalism and media; the role of sports in Cuban social and political life; the political history of Cuba; the history of sport in Cuba; U.S.-Cuban relations; the relationship of journalism and sports in post-revolutionary Cuba; Cuban bloggers; Cuban dance and art, and more. Site visits will include Bohemia, Latin America’s oldest magazine; the Museum of the Revolution; Ernest Hemingway’s Havana compound; the museum of sports; the Center for Sports Medicine; a tobacco plantation; social media sites; the Bay of Pigs; Sugar Mill Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site; the colonial city of Trinidad and other sites in and out of Havana.
Each student will participate fully in presentations, field visits, readings, discussions, and other organized and assigned activities. After completing their research and reporting in Cuba, students will continue that research and write a journalistic-style report, including photographs and/or videos, that captures one aspect of change in Cuba.

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.

Students will be able to:
  • 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.

Students will be housed in double rooms in either hotels or homestay residences.