The program is open for eligible students spring semester only. The program is three months in length, leaving on or around the end of January and returning by early May. Students who have already participated in the program may be eligible to return for the fall semester.
12-15 students participate each spring.
Students apply online through the application management system, HampGOES. Students are required to contact email@example.com to make an appointment to speak with the program manager before submitting an application.
Yes, Five College students are eligible to apply as long as they meet the eligibility requirements and prerequisites for the program. Five College Students pay Hampshire tuition, room, and board fees. UMass Amherst students, contact the Global Education Office program manager for more details about cost. Comprehensive fee covers tuition expenses, housing, meals, Cuba insurance, visa fees, and occasional excursions.
Yes, you can still apply, but you should check with your home institution’s study abroad office to see what the process is to apply for a non-approved program.
Yes, you can still apply, but preference will be given to students who have met the language requirements. Strong Spanish language proficiency is needed, as you will be conducting coursework in Spanish and integrating into local communities.
The Cuba program is led each semester by a Hampshire College full time faculty member. The Faculty member oversees and teaches the culture course and seminar alongside our partner, the Fundación Alejo Carpentier. Visiting Cuban faculty teach various components of the culture course, and the Spanish course is taught by Cuban language instructors
Tutors are selected by the Foundation upon consultation with the Hampshire Cuba Committee. The tutor works with student for the duration of the semester, working to help the student refine, define, and execute their project. Students are expected to meet with their tutor six hours a week. The tutor is responsible for supervising the project and evaluating the project at the end of the semester.
Ethnographic fieldwork (with sociological, anthropological, and cultural studies approaches); race, gender, and sexuality studies; historical research and archival projects; studies of literature, architecture, dance, theater, music, photography, film, and visual arts; performance and practice in arts and literature. Project abstracts are available on the Global Education Office Cuba page.
Non-Hampshire students will need to request transcripts through Hampshire College’s Central Records.
Hampshire students automatically receive credit for a full semester assuming they successfully complete the four required courses. Non-Hampshire students should check with their home institution as to their credit requirements and process for getting the program approved and credits transferred.
All non-Hampshire students will receive letter grades for each course, including the independent study project.
Hampshire College recommends the equivalent of four credit hours for each course (total of 16 credits).
Students are housed in a homestay living arrangement in Cuban Casa Particulares. Depending on the size of the group, students may live with one or two other program participants. All participants have their own bedroom but share bathroom, kitchen and other living facilities.
Accommodations in the Casa Particular include two meals per day (breakfast and dinner) and laundry. Each student has their own private furnished bedroom and shares a bathroom and kitchen with the rest of the household.
Non-Hampshire students are billed Hampshire College semester tuition, room, and board. The Hampshire in Havana Program Expense Sheet outlines costs for the spring 2020 semester.
No. Students should check with their home institution about if financial aid can apply and if there are any scholarships or grants available.
No. There is $500 withdrawal fee if students withdraw after the Hampshire notification deadline. Please see the Hampshire Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
As part of participation in the Cuba program, all students receive a month living stipend (in the amount of approximately $180 a month) to help off-set the additional meal costs not covered in the Casas as well as transportation costs. This should be enough to live comfortably. However students are responsible for all additional expenses such as supplies, local transportation, phone usage, entertainment and other personal expenses.