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Cornell-Int'l Course: Viva Cuba (HE 4020)
Havana, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
Program Description:

Cornell - Int'l Course Viva Cuba

Program Overview

The Field Component HE 4020 – Viva Cuba is a one-credit course designed to add engagement and experience to HE 4940, which is a seminar/workshop class that prepares students to participate in a global educational experience. We will visit Cuba, one of the most isolated countries in the modern era, which is just opening up to relations with the United States.  During eight days in Cuba, we will explore our context from a visual perspective: urban design, architecture, product design, fashion, and art.  We will explore the Architecture of Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santa Clara.  We will visit universities, galleries, museums, building sites, and offices.  Cornell students will participate in an intercultural dialogue with Cuban students and may particpate in a collaborative project.  Additional activities will include attending dance and music performances, exploring local cuisine, and conducting field research for a personal HE 4940 project. 

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Havana, Cuba -  Havana, the capital of Cuba, is the largest city in the Caribbean, and one of the most culturally rich urban centres in the world. The city’s appreciation of its glorious colonial past is on display at a dizzying array of castles, cathedrals, mansions and museums. The historic neighborhood of Vieja Habana (Old Havana) is a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site, with over 900 landmarks, including the Presidential Palace and Cathedral Square. (more)

Cienfuegos, Cuba - A city on the southern coast of Cuba known for its French neoclassical buildings and its maker culture.  Its historic center has also been declared a World Hertiage site by UNESCO. 

Santa Clara, Cuba - This university town is located in the geographic center of the island and is a hub of Cuba's growing progressive culture. 

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Academic Overview
HE 4020 Viva Cub (2 HE Credits) is the Cuban Field Trip component of HE 4940 Global Citizenship Seminar (1 HE Credit).
This seminar/workshop class is designed to prepare students to participate in a global educational experience. The Course will center around the idea of global citizenship that promotes engagement, experiential learning, and intercultural competence.  We will develop empathy through reflection, dialogue and understanding diverse viewpoints.  The aim of the course is to reduce the participant’s global footprint. Getting out of our comfort zones and understanding the “other” will take place in the Cuban Field trip component, HE 4020.Back to Top


April 1 to April 8, 2017

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Program participants will stay in casas particulares or private homestays pre-arranged for all three cities.   

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At a glance

Program length:  8 days
Application Deadline:
Costs: $2400.00

   - 3.0 GPA
   - Open to only Cornell students.

Application Deadline
     January 27, 2017:       Application deadline
     February 3, 2017:    Participants notified of acceptance

     February 17, 2017:   Deposits due


Costs include:
  • Shared apartment housing
  • Two meals a day
  • Round trip airfare
  • Transportation to and from Toronto airport from Ithaca
  • Orientation
  • Study tour
  • Group field trips
  • Required excursions.
For a current budget of total estimated costs, please contact Cornell Abroad.

Faculty Admin

Pauline Morin is Director of Undergraduate Exchange Programs for the College of Human Ecology at Cornell.  Pauline teaches two courses,
HE 4000 Reflective Leadership Studio and HE 4940 Global Citizenship, which includes this travel component to Cuba.  Contact Dr. Morin at

Jack Elliott is an associate professor of design in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis in the College of Human Ecology.  His research interests are on sustainable interventions in the built environment.  He teaches an introductory design studio and a course on ecological literacy and design.  Contact Professor Elliott at 
Pauline                              Viva Cuba BioPic JackElliott

More Info

Program Flyers:

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   Cornell Abroad
   300 Caldwell Hall

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.