Explore Cuba

Explore Cuba

Now is the perfect time to visit Cuba.

The reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the nation island offer SJC students and faculty an unprecedented opportunity to undertake this educational trip, through which they will have the opportunity to participate of an authentic Cuban experience.

July 22-31, 2017 • Cost TBD*
Class: SPN 370 (class taught in English)

*Until Nov. 22, all students can apply online for the $500 Faculty-led program stipends. Freshman can apply for the $1,000 Freshman Experience Grant

Course Details

Led by Cuban-born Professor María Isabel Alfonso and by Professor Hertel, students will have the opportunity to visit some of the most important historical sites and to meet with Cuban expert to learn about a variety of topics pertaining to Cuban society. They will also have the opportunity to visit to a photography studio, to attend a workshop of Cuban music and to participate on a documentary screening, among other activities. Get ready to explore Cuba, its people and its culture! 

Program Cost and Deadlines

In November, all students can apply online for the $500 Faculty-led program stipends. Freshman can apply for the $1,000 Freshman Experience Grant.

All deposits are non-refundable . Failure to make payment in accordance with the deadlines could result in the office terminating the participant's enrollment in the program.  

$500 deposit, online application (link below), and uploaded passport or proof of passport application are due on Tuesday, December 1, 2016: Allow at least 6 weeks for passport processing.

The price includes:

  • Accommodations
  • All airport taxes, security fees and fuel surcharges
  • Museum and entrance fees
  • Breakfast daily
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • All gratuities

The price does not include:

  • Transportation to/from JFK
  • Additional increases in taxes and fuel surcharges at the time of ticketing
  • Additional activities or optional trips
  • Personal expenses such as Wi-Fi, phone and souvenirs
  • Currency fluctuation
  • Exceeding the airline’s baggage allowance


Itineraries and price are subject to change.

July 22: Depart from JFK Airport. Visit the home to many important government offices and the site of historical political movements.

July 23: Conference on U.S. Cuba relations by local professor. Afternoon walking tour of Old Havana. 

July 24: Conference on Cuban economy. 

July 25: Conference on contemporary visual arts in Cuba. Afternoon Old Havana tour to historical sites. Visit to radio station Habana Radio.

July 26: Conference on Cuban civil society.

July 27: Cathedral sightseeing.

July 28: Take a trip to a farm outside of Havana.

July 29: Poetry reading with local poet and Rumba in the afternoon.

July 30: Free day.

July 31: Return to the U.S.

How to Apply

Directions for applying online:  

  1.  Log in to the portal and check off private computer
  2.  Open up your email so you do not time out 
  3.  Click here for the application
  4.  Follow the "St Joseph’s Study Abroad Program" checklist

Registration Information:

Priority is given to earliest applications. When you submit your deposit, also make sure that you have submitted your Global Studies portal Study Abroad Application form, a copy of your passport, medical insurance card and $500 non-refundable a non-refundable deposit by Monday December 5, 2016. 

Allow at least six weeks for passport processing.

Go to the Global Studies Office, in the Global and Experiential Center — Room 3, O'Connor Hall — with your payment. Make all checks payable to St. Joseph's College with a note in the memo line: “Cuba” and the student name. In order to guarantee enrollment in the program, these deadlines must be met. 

For more information please contact:

Office of Global Studies 
Room 3, off the Student Hospitality Lounge in O’Connor Hall
631.687.1280 or [email protected]