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Comparative Studies: Uruguay and Cuba Summer Session

Study abroad summer 2021 for eight weeks, beginning in Montevideo, Uruguay and continuing to La Habana, Cuba, for a comparative Latin American studies program ideal for any student and of particular interest to health, gender and Spanish language students.

Experience Uruguay's vibrant, progressive and thriving culture and contrast it with Cuba's political and historical complexities, evolution and stunning natural beauty.

  • Take immersive studies focused on business, language, or health during the five-week Montevideo program.
  • Participate in intriguing courses on gender and culture, healthcare, or government during the three-week La Habana program.
  • Learn the dances of both cultures, savor the flavors of the different regions and enhance your Spanish language skills through various course offerings.
  • Rely on our seasoned Uruguay and Cuba Resident Director, Sebastian Bombi, who will be your daily guide and local resource in both Montevideo and La Habana. Sebastian will also accompany students on the group flight between locations.

Some additional key features the programs offer include:

  • Explore the Spanish, Italian, and African influences of the Rio de la Plata region of Uruguay, visit Buenos Aires and Palacio Legislativo, and travel to Iguazu Falls on the Optional Tour.
  • Surround yourself with stunning natural beauty, Caribbean flair and old-world Cuban architecture.

Program Cost

$8,210* includes homestays in both locations and a $300 combination program discount.

*Program fees, prior to the applied discount, are $3,980 for the Montevideo session and $3,780 (plus $750 for housing) for the La Habana session, and are paid separately.

Program Dates

Summer Session I

May 29, 2021 Move into housing (all students)
May 30 - 31, 2021 Mandatory orientation
Campus tour
Courses begin
June 5-6, 2021 Overnight Tour to Buenos Aires
June 11, 2021 Field Trip - Palacio Legistlativo
June 30, 2021 Courses end
July 1-2, 2021 Final examinations
Program end date
July 3, 2021 Move out of program housing
Return flight to the U.S. or Depart for Havana if continuing on to USAC’s la Habana SSII

Summer Session II

July 4, 2021 Arrive in La Habana (all students)
Move into housing
July 5, 2021 Mandatory orientation
Courses begin
July 22, 2021 Courses end
July 23, 2021 Final examinations
Program end date
July 24, 2021 Move out of housing
Students depart Cuba

Montevideo Summer Session Overview

Students will have the option of taking one or two courses (3-5 credits) in areas of studies such as business, health, Latin American studies, and Spanish. Students have the option to live in apartments or to practice their Spanish and get fully immersed in the culture by living in a homestay. With Sebastian, you can go on the overnight tour to Buenos Aires or attend the field trip to Palacio Legislativo the site where the Uruguayan parliament meets.

Course Details for Montevideo

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  • Business Spanish, Start ups and Entrepreneurship, and Health Business Administration
  • Dances of Latin America and Latin American Cuisine
  • Health and Environment in Latin America
  • Spanish Language and Spanish for Medical Professionals
  • Latin American Women's Voices and LGBTQ+ in Latin America

La Habana Summer Session Overview

Trying some new treats in Cuba.

Students will have the option of taking one or two courses (3-5 credits) in areas of studies such as Latin American gender and culture, health, politics and Spanish and will live in apartments during their stay. Field trips to Terrazas Eco Community, Santa Maria del Mar Beach, and Revolution Square are also planned with Sebastian.

Course Details for La Habana

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  • Cuba Culture, Cuisine, 20th Century Cinema and Dances of Havana and the Caribbean
  • Cuban Health Care System,Government and Politics, and Latin American Social Revolutions
  • Gender and Globalization and Latin American Women's Voices
  • Spanish Language

Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

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On-Site Staff Resident Director for Uruguay and La Habana Programs

Sebastian Bombi, a native of Uruguay, is the Resident Director for the Montevideo and La Habana programs. He has worked for USAC since 2003, first as program staff in Costa Rica and now as the RD of the Cuba summer program and Uruguay semester program. The RD, with program assistant Orlando Santana, meets the group flight at the airport, provides an on-site orientation, arranges your program housing, and organizes interesting field studies and optional tours.

Questions? Need More Information?

Contact Nadeen Black, Uruguay Program Advisor

Nadeen Black

Contact Ronald Hemphill, Cuba Program Advisor

Ronald Hemphill

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

January session (3 weeks): Suspended

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer Session I (3 weeks): Open

Summer Session I (3 weeks): Open

Summer Session I&II (6 weeks): Open

January sessions: Open

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Enrolled in a degree seeking program

Approval from home university

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

35 students

Instruction

English | Spanish

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