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URI Semester in Cuba
Havana, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Spring
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Fields of Studies: Art History, Communications, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Spanish
Language of Instruction: English Class Standing: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:
Program Description:

CubaThe University of Rhode Island is offering a study abroad program in Cuba for the Spring 2019 semester. Cuban Society is a unique blend of African, European and American influences in the midst of significant social and political change. The program will be centered in Havana, where students will study with Cuban professors who are affiliated with the Institute of Philosophy, along with University of Rhode Island faculty members.

The program is designed for students majoring or minoring in Economics, Political Science, Spanish, History, Communications, Art History, Philosophy, Urban Studies, Latin American Caribbean Studies, Gender and Women's Studies and International Relations as well as students who can apply these credits toward other degree programs.

All Instruction is offered in English.  Participants will attend daily classes and fulfill academic requirements for a full 12-15 credit curriculum. In addition to a full academic curriculum, students will receive exposure to an array of cultural activities and field study trips to significant sites in Cuban culture and history, and attend lectures and presentations by journalists, artists, writers, politicians, and other notable members of Cuban society.

Program Highlights:
  • 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.
  • During mid semester, students will participate in longer field trips throughout the country to explore organic farming, tobacco production, fishing and marine enterprises, and daily life among Cubans in various smaller cities and rural areas.  They will also have the opportunity to explore other beautiful cities and different regions of the island.


Professors associated with the Institute of Philosophy in Havana, Cuba, as well as URI faculty will provide instruction. Students will enroll in 15 credit hours of three credit coursework.  Participants earn URI credit and grades.  

The 2019 program begins on January 29th and concludes on April 27th.  The first two weeks of the program will be conducted on-line.  Participants depart for Cuba on February 11th for the second phase of the program, which is based in Havana.

Required courses for all participants:
ECN 386: Political Economy of Gender, Race, and Class  (3)
PSC 312: Topics in Political Science: The Cuban Revolution and US-Cuban Relations (3)
LET 151: Introduction to Contemporary Cuba (3)
PSC 375:  Field Experience in Practical Politics (3).  Experiential Learning Study. Options of completing an individual project focusing on journal writing, art, literature, gender, music, urban studies, or other relevant topics.

In addition to the four classes listed above, each participant will enroll in a directed research project and will enroll in one of following:
PSC 455:  Directed Study or Research (3).  Individual Research Project.
ECN 352:  Assigned Work (3). Individual Research Project.

Students should consult with their academic advisor to design a program of study for the Cuba semester.


  • Students will live in clean, modern house in a residential neighborhood of Havana, an arrangement designed to encourage direct interaction with the Cuban people.
  • Students will have the opportunity to interact with students and professionals from other universities, as well as Cuban professionals.
  • The house is located near local markets and stores. 
  • Students will be provided with breakfast and lunch or dinner each day at their accommodation.


For program costs, view the "Budget Sheets" links at the top of the page.

In addition to billable items listed, participants are responsible for round-trip flight (est. $400-$500), CISI insurance (est. $150), and personal spending money ($1,700 - $2,000 recommended).


Program Requirements:
  • Degree seeking full-time students of sophomore or above status in good academic and social standing at the University of Rhode Island
  • Overall 2.5 GPA
  • Possess a valid passport or be able to obtain a valid passport
  • Interview with one of the faculty directors
  • Successful completion of the URIAbroad application process for the URI Office of International Education
Please note:  Prospective students should schedule an interview with Professors Maureen Moakley at or Richard McIntyre at, Directors of the URI Cuba program, before starting the application process. 

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  What do our former participants have to say?  Watch the video from the Spring 2018 program!



Maureen Moakley
Political Science Department

Richard McIntyre
Economics Department

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