Cuba Study Tour 2018

Cuba - Study Tour 2018

Cuba - Study Tour 2018

March 2-9, 2018

Price: $2,395 (includes airfare, transfers, taxes and fuel surcharge)

LA 199 and LA499 (3 credits) Martí, Plátanos and Guevara: Encountering Cuban Culture in Word and Experience

Cuba is a Caribbean island with a rich and complex history, which has blended indigenous roots, Spanish colonialism, revolution, and social change into the human expressions of art, architecture, music and literature. This three-credit study abroad class will focus on the exploration and discovery of the unique facets of Cuban culture. Required readings and assignments prior to departure will offer information to enhance this cultural immersion opportunity. The course will include a homestay experience and service-learning encounter. Following the trip, each student will submit a formal response paper or project, which demonstrates both understanding and analysis of the cultural concepts studied and experienced in this course.

Course Registration

To register for course credit:

  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss how this course will impact your educational progress. Have your adviser sign a drop/add form to add this class. Forms are available at
  • Visit the Bursar’s office in Swatara Building to pay deposit and get a receipt.
  • Take your signed drop/add form and receipt to the Registrar’s office in Swatara Building to complete enrollment.
  • Once you have registered for the class, please come to C-120 Olmsted or email Janice Arana at with a scanned or photocopied copy of your passport and fill out the required forms.

Course requirements

  • Mandatory pre/post-trip meetings, reading assignments, online assessments, and final paper or project, during spring 2018 term.
  • Students must be free of any current conduct reviews or conduct sanctions. Eligibility will be verified, and each participant grants permission for verification by the Office of Student Conduct.

Travel Awards

Award funds are available to undergraduate honors students through the Penn State Harrisburg Honors programs. The University also has funds for students traveling internationally. For details, visit and select the “Scholarships and Grants” link. A limited number of travel awards are available through the Penn State Harrisburg Office of International Programs. The application deadline is October 20, 2017.

Please visit:

Cuba Itinerary

Itinerary and all visits are subject to change without notice.

  • Day 1 – Friday, March 2 – Arrival
    Arrive at Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) two hours before flight. Delta flight #2480, leaving Harrisburg at 7:00 a.m. via Atlanta. Delta flight #0639, 9:55 a.m. to Havana, arriving 11:55 a.m. Meet your guide upon arrival for a program orientation. Take a walking tour of Old Havana’s historical district. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner.
  • Day 2 – Saturday, March 3
    Enjoy breakfast with your homestay family. Morning visit to the UNESCO world heritage site fortress system with students from University of Havana. Learn about colonial history. Enjoy lunch on your own in Old Havana. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the Cuban Art Museum. Dinner in homestays, followed by an evening outing to Fabrica de Arte Cubano.
  • Day 3 – Sunday, March 4
    Enjoy breakfast with your homestay family followed by an Ajiaco Tour, including a visit to Cojimar where Hemingway kept his boat. Visit an organic garden and partake in a cooking class at Ajiaco, a private restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Hemingway Museum. Return to your homestay for dinner.
  • Day 4 – Monday, March 5
    After breakfast, a welcome and a morning lecture on Cuban music by Alberto Faya. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, folkloric dance workshop with Cucalambe. Dinner at homestays.
  • Day 5 – Tuesday, March 6
    Following breakfast, a day trip to Matanzas with a visit to Ediciones Vigia publishing house with poetry reading by Hugo Hodelin. Group lunch at Finca Coincidencia. Afternoon visit to coffee plantation Dionisia and return to Havana. Dinner and evening at homestays.
  • Day 6 – Wednesday, March 7
    After breakfast, a day in Mariano to attend a community engagement activity with youth in the neighborhood and learn about the neighborhood (intersections of race, religion, migration, class, etc). Group lunch in Mariano and time spent in Mariano. Dinner at homestays.
  • Day 7 – Thursday, March 8
    Morning workshop with Pedro Perez Sarudy or Yoss (both Cuban authors). Lunch on your own and afternoon free time. Group farewell dinner in the evening.
  • Day 8 – Friday, March 9 - Depart
    Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Delta flight #0648 departs Havana 2:35 p.m. and arrives in Atlanta at 4:38 p.m. Delta flight #2479 leaves Atlanta at 10:05 p.m. and arrives in Harrisburg at 11:59 p.m.


Homestay has been chosen for your lodging. CIEE, our travel provider, has extensive experience with families in Havana where you will stay, two students per family.

Airline Schedule

The exact time of these flights is subject to change and will be reconfirmed. Check-in at the airport is three hours prior to departure time.

  • Friday, March 2, 2018
    Delta Airlines #2480 Harrisburg 7:00 a.m. to Atlanta 8:58 a.m.
    Delta Airlines #0639 Atlanta 9:55 a.m to Havana 11:55 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 9, 2018
    Delta Airlines #0648 Havana 2:35 p.m. to Atlanta 4:38 p.m.
    Delta Airlines #2479 Atlanta 10:05 to Harrisburg 11:59 p.m.


Price Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from Harrisburg International Airport to Havana, Cuba
  • Airport taxes and fuel surcharge - subject to increase before ticketing
  • Homestay accommodations as per itinerary
  • Meals provided per itinerary
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers while in Cuba

Price Does Not Includes

  • Mandatory travel and medical insurance which must be obtained by all students and participants
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Passport fees - Passport should be valid until September 12, 2018

Visas are required for United States citizens traveling to Cuba. Visas will be handled by CIEE, our study abroad provider. All international students are responsible for determining if a visa is required and should immediately apply for the visa. Refunds cannot be made if a visa is not issued.

Marie-Louise Abram, Director of International Programs, 717-948-6003,
Dr. Gloria Clark, Associate Professor of Humanities and Spanish, 717-948-6462,

Trip Registration

Deposit: $500

Please be aware your deposit of $500, paid to Penn State Harrisburg Bursar’s office, Swatara Building, is non-refundable. Your deposit will ensure your spot.

Make your deposit as soon as possible prior to November 13, 2017. After this date, space may not be available and a supplement may apply.

Balance due no later than December 15, 2017.

All payments by check must be made to Pennsylvania State University.

Cancellation penalties:
In case of cancellation, penalties will apply. The $500 deposit is non-refundable. All cancellations must be received in writing.

  • If written cancellation is received by February 2, 2018, you will receive $950 of the total cost as a refund to your student account.
  • If written cancellation is received by February 16, 2018, you will receive $474 of the total cost as a refund to your student account.
  • There are no refunds two weeks before travel meetings and the travel date.

If you intend to travel internationally, apply for your passport immediately. Passports copies need to be provided to the Institutional Programs office by registration date for visa registrations.

Terms and Conditions

CIEE's terms are based on contracts with airlines, hotels and other suppliers. The terms and stipulations mentioned below are bound by these contracts and will be strictly enforced. A passport valid until September 12, 2018 is required.


For information, contact: 
Marie-Louise Abram
Director, International Programs, Penn State Harrisburg
777 West Harrisburg Pike
C114-R Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA 17057
Phone: 717-948-6003, E-mail: