Globalization of Education


University of Rhode Island
Semester in Cuba

On Site Program Dates: February 15 – April 29, 2016

The University of Rhode Island semester program will be centered in Havana, Cuba, where students will study with Cuban professors affiliated with the Institute of Philosophy, as well as enroll in a distance-learning course taught by University of Rhode Island professors. In addition to a full academic curriculum, some of the program highlights include exposure to an array of cultural activities and study trips designed to encourage direct interaction with the Cuban people.

In addition to daily classroom presentations, students will travel around Havana for special sessions, interviews, performances, and museum visits, and will interact with artists, musicians, diplomats, journalists, and other academic professors and other notable members of Cuban society.

On select weekends, students will participate in field experiences, as well as one extended excursion, to locations throughout the island. They will explore organic farming, tobacco production, fishing and marine enterprises, and small communities in rural areas.


Students will enroll in at least 12-15 credit hours of three credit courses to maintain full-time status. Required courses are:

  • LET 151: Introduction to Contemporary Cuba
  • PSC 312: Topics in Political Science: Politics of Latin America
  • ECN 390: Topics in Economics: Economic Development and Social Movements in Latin America
  • PSC 415: Dynamics of Social Change in the Caribbean: The Cuban Revolution

Students may also enroll in PSC 375 (Student Experiential Learning), where they will have the options of completing an individual project focusing on journal writing, art, literature, gender, music, urban studies, or other relevant topics. We expect that opportunities to further Spanish language skills will also be available.

Students will be instructed by professors associated with the Institute of Philosophy in Havana, Cuba, as well as courses monitored by URI faculty.

International Travel, Accommodations and Meals:

  • Students will depart from Miami, Florida
  • Housing is in a modern, air-conditioned apartment complex, outfitted with a pool, in the suburbs of Havana. Apartments include full kitchens, bathrooms, and two bedrooms. Pictures of the complex can be seen here.
  • Students will have the opportunity to interact with students and professionals from other universities, as well as Cuban professionals.
  • The complex is located near local markets and stores. Students will be given a weekly stipend with which they can shop for and prepare most of their meals in their individual apartments.

Program Requirements:

  • Degree seeking full-time students of sophomore or above status at the University of Rhode Island
  • Overall 2.5 GPA
  • Possess a valid passport or be able to obtain a valid passport
  • Program application
  • Interview with one of the faculty directors
  • Completion of the off-campus study process, including an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor in the
  • Office of International Education

Program Fees:

RT Airfare and Departure Tax from Miami to Havana
URI Program Fee
OIE Study Abroad Fees
Institute Program Fee
Total Cost:
*All fees subject to change


Program fees include round-trip airfare from Miami to Havana, visas, insurance, room and board, transportation within Cuba, and all costs associated with excursions. Additional costs beyond the tuition and program fee include passport fees, transportation to and from Miami, personal travel and other personal expenses during the semester. Payment procedures are TBA.

Application Process:

  1. Contact the Office of International Education to schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor. Students will receive an application at the end of their appointment.
    Office of International Education
    International Center
    37 Lower College Road
    (401) 874-5546
  2. Submit completed application to the Office of International Education
  3. Once the application is received, students must schedule an interview with either Maureen Moakley or Richard McIntyre, Directors of the URI Cuba Program.
  4. Program Directors will render a decision regarding student applications.
  5. If admitted, students must complete the pre-departure paperwork outlined by the Office of International Education.

Financial Aid and Scholarships:

  • Most types of aid may be used for URI and URI sponsored/approved programs, including the Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants, Federal Perkins Loans, Health Profession Loans, URI Foundation Scholarships and grants, State Scholarship and Grants, and Federal William D. Ford Direct Loans.
  • Other scholarships may be available
  • Check with the Office of International Education and/or Enrollment Services additional details

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