SPEA in Havana

Spend two weeks in Havana, Cuba while earning course credit

Havana is the economic heart of Cuba. It is the location of the Cuban government, several cultural sites and historically significant locales, as well as many important businesses and institutions. Visiting Cuba is a unique experience and especially relevant for comparative policy studies given its proximity to the United States and dramatically different government structure. The program is offered in partnership with the University of Havana.

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June 2 - 16, 2018

V482/V582 – Cuba and United States: Rejuvenating the Relationship (3cr.)

Program Director: Rajendra Abhyankar

This two-week, three-credit course will acquaint you with the contours of the challenges and opportunities which the improvement in bilateral relations presents to the Cuban and American peoples. As this relationship moves forward it will greatly impact Cuba and its status in the Caribbean and Latin America as a whole. In particular, you will grow to understand, in its widest context, the expectations which the US and Cuban governments have of each other. All of this will be studied, while also accounting for the transformation in Cuba’s political, economic, societal and religious dimensions.

Many lectures will take place at the University of Havana, with excursions planned throughout Havana and across Cuba.

    • Walk the streets of modern Havana and Old Havana
    • Day long excursion to Vinales and Pinar del Rio in the west to see natural rock caves due to action of the sea; visit a tobacco farm/factory (Cuba's most valuable export)
    • Visit the National Assembly and Foreign Ministry
    • Meetings at Economic ministries; Chamber of Commerce; Ministry of Environment; Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Tourism, and more
    • Tour of the Cathedral
    • Trip to Trinidad, Cuba in the east. On the way, visit Santa Clara (monument to Che Guevara) and the Bay of Pigs. You will visit Cienfuegos on return.

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students on all IU Campuses. Preference will be given to students with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Working knowledge of Spanish language will be favorably assessed. Students will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are encouraged to apply even if you don't meet the GPA requirement. 

You will be booked in a safe, secure, hotel in downtown Havana. Breakfast will be provided by the hotel as part of the program.

Note: You will pay two amounts – the tuition, which is what Indiana University credits cost, and you will also pay the SPEA Abroad program fee.

2018 SPEA in Havana Program Fee: $3,400*

The program fee includes lodging, medical insurance, some meals, cultural excursions, and a round trip US airport flight (Indianapolis to Havana, Cuba).

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IUB Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for SPEA in Havana is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The amount of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your transportation to and from the U.S. departure airport, food that is not included in the program, and other incidentals.


The SPEA Abroad Summer Scholarship/Fellowship is available to help SPEA students from IUB and IUPUI study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines. 

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

2018 Trip Itinerary