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CC Semester in Latin America (Spring 2017) -- Cuba

Cuba Street Scene


The CC in Latin America program offers students a unique multidisciplinary experience abroad. It will provide immersion into the Cuban cultures through CC courses taught entirely in Spanish, in the block plan, by CC and Cuban faculty from different academic disciplines. Students will have the opportunity to experience some of the changes that Cuba is undergoing as the US begins to normalize diplomatic relations with this island nation with which it has maintained  “ties of singular intimacy,” as noted by historian Louis Pérez. CC offers an academic program that focuses on Cuban history, cultural manifestations, and contemporary politics, and is support by the reputable Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA-Butler) in their newest student service platform in Latin America.


Block 5: SP304: Cultural Context and Oral Practice: Intro a Cuba, prerequisite SP201, José Ballón

Block 6: SP312: Oral Practice and Composition: Cuba y las artes, prerequisite SP201, Clara Lomas

Block 7: SP307: Hispanic Culture, prerequisite SP305, Naomi Wood

Block 8: PS336: La revolucíon cubana, Juan Lindau


Students will receive 4 CC units of credit for the semester in Cuba. The three 300-level Spanish courses will be accepted towards a major or minor in Spanish or Romance Languages. Students can also fulfill the foreign language requirement with their participation in this semester abroad. Two of the courses may also count toward the 5-unit Latin American Studies minor.  The political science course will count toward the major in Political Science.

Program costs


Students pay the normal Colorado College tuition for the spring semester. Financial aid transfers.

Room and Board:

Students will be housed with host families in groups of 2-4. Due to the limited amount of families who have the space and resources to host, students can expect to live in double rooms and to be served three meals per day. Most host families live within a radius of an approximate 30-minute walk to the classroom at the Centro de Estudios Martianos in Vedado.

Additional Costs:

Personal expenses and books approx. $950

Non-refundable program fee due: September 15, 2016.

Program dates: January 18-May 18, 2017

Tentative itinerary (excursions and visits not confirmed)

January 18 Arrival in La Habana

Jan 18-22: Orientation

Jan 23: Beginning of Block 5 – SP 304: Cultural Context and Oral Practice: Introducción a Cuba

Feb : Visit to Finca Vigía, the home of Ernest Hemingway

Feb 15: End of Block 5

Feb 20: Beginning of Block 6 – SP 312: Cultural Practice and Written Expression: Cuba y las artes

Feb-Mar: Cultural activities (concerts, ballet, theatre, etc.)

Mar 2-5: Excursion to Santiago de Cuba

Mar 15: End of Block 6

Mar 16-26:  Spring break: trips to Viñales (a city in Western Cuba –Visit tabacco and coffee plantations, Cueva del Indio, a prehistoric park) or to Trinidad, a World Heritage site where large sugar haciendas have traditionally flourished)

Mar 27: Beginning of Block 7 – SP 307: Hispanic Culture

Mar-Apr: Cultural activities (concerts, ballet, theatre, etc.)

Apr 19: End of Block 7

Apr 24: Beginning of Block 8 – PS336: La revolución cubana

May 17: End of Block 8

May 18: Departure

Volunteer work Students may have the opportunity to become further involved in the hosting communities through volunteer work.

Application Deadlines & Process:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There are three options for participation in the program:

  • Semester option: blocks 5-8
  • Two-block option A: blocks 5-6
  • Two-block option B: blocks 7-8

Note: individual blocks are not an option. Students must take all courses of either the semester option or the 2-block options to receive credit. In the selection process, preference will be given to students who commit to the entire semester.

Please direct your questions to Professor Clara Lomas,

Complete the application on SUMMIT under International Programs/CC Semester in Latin America. Department will contact students to set up an interview.

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Block 4 in Chile

Block 4 in Chile

(not offered 2016-2017)

Professor Andreea Marinescu, Program Director

Spaces of Memory in Post-Dictatorship Chile. This study-abroad course will examine how the urban space of Santiago, Chile bears the visual marks of its recent history. We will explore the traces left on the city by President Allende’s democratic government (1970-1973), Pinochet’s military dictatorship (1973-1990), and how these visible (and invisible) material elements have shaped the discourses of memory during the transition to democracy. Through Santiago’s public monuments and private spaces, we will explore how multiple constituencies have sought to come to terms with the trauma of the dictatorship. Some of the questions we will ask are: How do spaces shape our relationship to the past? What are the implications of an officially sanctioned Memory Museum? How can a society fight the reification of memory and yet find avenues to commemorate loss?

In Santiago we will visit the following sites: The Moneda Palace (the Presidential palace, bombed in September 11, 1973); The National Stadium (which functioned as a detention camp the first few months after the military coup); Villa Grimaldi (former torture and detention center of the Chilean Secret Service, now a Park for Peace); Londres 38 (former torture house in the center of Santiago, now maintained by the families of those imprisoned there); the Salvador Allende Museum of Solidarity; Pinochet’s former residence, which is now a museum; the Vicaría de la Solidaridad (the Catholic Church center that gave refuge to the victims of the dictatorship); and the recently opened Memory and Human Rights Museum (2010).

The course readings and the films will be associated with each of these sites. For example, in preparation for the visit to the National Stadium we would watch the documentary National Stadium, which deals with the recuperation of political memory through testimonies of those who were detained there in 1973. In this way the students will be able to experience how cultural productions are informed by and inform the spaces they represent. Prerequisites:  SP306 AND COI; limit: 12 students. 1 unit 

Summer in Spain

May 26-July 13, 2016 in Soria, Spain

3 levels of language available:

  • SP 111 (Beginning)
  • SP211 (Intermediate)
  • SP305-306 (Advanced

Program fee ($6,500) includes Airfare from Chicago, food and housing

Contact Professor Carrie Ruiz, program director, for more information:

"The Tenth Anniversary of a Summer in Spain", film by student Bennett Krishock

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