Join us for an information session on a new Study Abroad opportunity in Cuba!

Explore the Northern part of the Eastern region of Cuba. Experience the rich culture of Holguin, a city founded in 1545 and the fourth bigger county of the island. The county is rich in natural scenarios: high mountains, fertile plains and white sandy beaches.

Holguin is the home of many parks and museums. The municipality of Banes has the richest collection of indigenous artifacts in the Caribbean. It was in this region (Bariay) where Columbus disembarked in 1492 and was fascinated by the beauty of the place. It is said that the Admiral found it to be “the most beautiful land human eyes had ever seen”. Bariay Park has excellent beaches and very rich and unique fauna and flora. Chorro de Maita Museum houses an inventory of more than 80 years of archeological research. The site is considered to be the most important archaeological discovery in Cuba regarding aboriginal settlements and has been declared a National Monument (National Heritage Site).
 
Course: SPAN 2213. Travel-Study: Introduction to Cuban History and Culture
This study tour of the Northern part of the Eastern region of Cuba offers a harmonious blend of language, history, and culture. The course focuses on learning and practicing Spanish in the context of Cuban aboriginal history and culture. Highlights encompass visiting various cultural sites and native’s settlements in Holguin county and experiencing a unique immersion into art, architecture, cuisine, literature, history, religion, music, fashion, and current events as part of a forty-hour history course at the University of Holguín. (3 credits).
 
Participants
The course is open to everyone (18 years of age or older) for credit or non-credit.  Participants do not have to be students at Saint Thomas University. Requirements: SPAN 1006 or its equivalent if taken for credit. No prerequisite otherwise.
 
Itinerary
May 29, 30 and 31 at 2:00 pm (St Thomas University - Room TBA) - Class
June 2nd - Arrival to Holguin (Frank Pais International Airport), Cuba
June 16th –Return to Canada

Travel Requirements
A valid passport. International students need to check with their Embassy/Consulate for specific information. Participants need to demonstrate proof of travel health insurance and will be required to sign a liability waiver.
 
Cost: $2,328 CAD
Participants can audit the course and do all the daily activities for the same cost.
 
Cost Includes
  • Registration
  • Tuition for 3 credit hours
  • 14 days of accommodation in private houses (double or triple occupancy)
  • Breakfast, lunch and supper (14 days)
  • Admission fees to museums, sites or cultural events that are planned as part of the course
  • Program related ground transportation including trips to the beach at the end of some of the visits planned for the course
  • Transfer fees Airport-Holguín (If participants travel at the same time/date, otherwise there is a fee. NOTE If you are planning on arriving at different date/time let the instructor know to arrange transportation and fees)

Cost Does Not Include

  • Air transportation to and from Cuba
  • Passport/Visa
  • International medical/travel insurance
  • Bottled water
  • Drinks/Beverages
  • Spending money/souvenirs, sundry expenses

How to Apply
Please, contact hsainz@stu.ca
E-mail Subject: Travel Study-Intersession 2017

Full payment is due March 31, 2017. A refund of $500 will be issued if you wish to cancel after March 31, 2017.