This is a program that strives to engage students in active learning and research on the history and culture of Cuba and the relationship between the United States and Cuba in the 21st Century. Cuba offers a rich and dynamic culture at the forefront of differences between the developed world and the so-called global south. Cuba has steadfastly strived for its own identity in an increasingly globalized world. Cubans and Americans both struggle to understand the other particularly in terms of cultural,
political and economic power, economic privilege, and political imperialism. Since the late 1950s, the relationship between the United States and Cuba has been fraught with anger, mistrust, and aborted conflict. In 2014 Raul Castro and the Obama administration initiated a means to de- escalate hostilities and open an exchange of embassies. Raul Castro’s successor, Miguel Diaz-Canel, is a political unknown did not fight in the revolution and is now trying to continue with the legacy left by
the revolutionary government. What is the status of the relations between the US and Cuba now? Are the two countries serious about improving relations? What are the policy implications of these changing dynamics? What is needed to make the changes permanent? How does Cuban culture and society impact these changing dynamics? How are the changing attitudes in the U.S. Cuban community going to affect the process?
Program Capacity: 10
Required Credits: 3
Open to All Majors
Application Deadline: December 1st
- LALS 100 required
- Junior Standing
- Good academic and judicial standing and consent of instructor
LALS 430: (3 credits) — This variable content course is designed to introduce students to the history and culture. of a nation. In a survey style course format, in addition to seminars by local instructors, tours and living with local families, students will gain a deeper understanding of the most significant literary, historical, and cultural aspects of the targeted nation and may use this information to assist in language acquisition.
*Spanish 350 Special Topics: Chile and the Chileans (3 credits) — (*This course option is for students in need of SPA 350) This course will run parallel to LALS 430, but students will be required to meet with the instructor and discuss the material in Spanish. All their work including quizzes, tests, homework and final reflections will be in Spanish instead of English.
Student accommodation will consist student residence housing located in the Vedado neighborhood offered only to RWU students overseen by local host/host famiy
May 16 - May 28, 2020
Program Fee: $4,375
- Includes tuition, housing, airport transport, welcome and farewell meal, daily breakfast and dinner (lunch only on Saturday and Sunday), ground transport for group, planned activities
- Does not include airfare, personal expense
December 15: $500 NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit
February 28: Remaining Balance
Financial Aid and Scholarships
RWU students applying to RWU-sponsored short term study abroad programs are not eligible for financial aid, however, they may apply to one or both of the scholarships listed below. Students apply for the scholarship(s) at the same time they submit their application for a short-term program abroad. In order to be considered for the Global Engagement Scholarship, they must submit their application by stated program application deadline.
The Bridging the World Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on academic merit only
Scholarships awards based on financial need and academic merit
The Global Engagement Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on financial need only (limited funds available)
Professor Peter Alfieri, Department of Modern Languages
Office: GHH 104
Health & Safety Abroad
This program includes extensive walking and a camel ride. Students with severe restrictions should carefully evaluate their ability to participate comfortably. Students should review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for complete information regarding the health concerns and vaccine recommendations specific to Chile. Students should also review the U.S. State Department’s consular information website for complete information on safety and security in Cuba
All information subject to change - Roger Williams University reserves the right to cancel any faculty-led program offered during the academic year for insufficient enrollment or for any other reason. These reasons may include safety and security concerns at the program location. Should it prove necessary to do so, the School will promptly notify all registrants.Click here for a printable brochure of the information found on this page.