Dates of travel: 18 June - 30 June 2020 


Program Description:

Students have a unique opportunity to learn about Cuba through this short-term study abroad program in summer 2019.  As a participant, you will engage in a rigorous and active daily program, including - but hardly limited to - visits to museums and cultural centers, art installations, medical clinics, schools, farms, sporting facilities, and sites claiming historic and cultural significance.  You will encounter the vibrancy of La Habana, The Bay of Pigs (La Bahía de Cochinos) and their surroundings while exploring the artistic, cultural, historical and political and landscape through conversations, lectures and lessons from a diversity of local experts.  You'll inevitably gain an understanding of Cuba's very special place on the world stage (and in particular its changing relations with the US), and an appreciation of its people, as defined by the complex cultural, linguistic and ethnic heritage they claim.

To get a feel for what past participants have taken away from this experience, see the original videos below from students in the 2018 cohort and view the program itineraries from 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Tourism and (Un)Necessary Evil by Caitlin Turnbull
Cuba as Seen Through its Architecture by Hilary Chaimov
Cuban Women's Voices by Anastasia Fitkin
Where do the Taino Goddesses Sleep? by Matthew Rubio

On April 11, 2019, social activist and cultural investigator Roberto Zurbano Torres spoke at OSU. His talk is a very good introduction to the OSU in Cuba Program. We have been fortunate to visit with Zurbano and the Casa de las Américas the previous two years.

Program Details:

OSU IN CUBA 2019 requires enrollment in a preceding spring course, CUBAN CULTURE, POLITICS & SOCIETY (WLC/ES/PS 483).  This four-credit course, given on campus in Corvallis, introduces students to Cuban culture, politics (and particularly Cuba-U.S. relations during the years of the Revolution) and arts via a combination of lectures/lessons led by invited specialists in their fields, readings, films and student activities.  Students will learn about a variety of topics including migration, agriculture, health care, education, economics, religion/spirituality, gender, race, and the arts (literature, music and other performance).  This course meets twice a week for two hours each class.  Students are also required to attend a Saturday retreat.  The retreat is paramount for developing a tight-knit community of traveling scholars; it will be used for team-building exercises, activities and pre-departure preparations.

Both courses are be taught by OSU faculty Prof. Ron Mize (School of Language, Culture, and Society) with the summer study abroad co-facilitated with Tiffany Palaniuk (College of Education).


Program eligibility requirements:

•    Good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.75

•    Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate-level standing

•    Completion of the course ‘CUBAN CULTURE, POLITICS & SOCIETY’ (offered during Spring term 2019)

•    Spanish language is useful, but not required – all lectures/conversations will be translated into English

•    Maturity and ability to participate in a rigorous daily program

Visit: Office of Global Opportunities OSU GO for more information and program application materials (deadline February 1, 2020).



Ron Mize ron.mize@oregonstate.edu and Tiffany Palaniuk tiffany.palaniuk@oregonstate.edu 



Wednesday 11/13 5-6:30 pm Waldo Hall 201A

Tuesday 11/19 5-6:30 pm Waldo Hall 252

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Saturday, 1 February 2020