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Sustainability Studies Abroad in Cuba

  • About the Program

    About the Program

    For a number of reasons, Cuba represents a wonderful case study for the value of using the natural history, arts, media and cultural traditions as a means of encouraging citizens to adopt environmentally sustainable practices. Since the 1990s, Cuba has been in the unique situation of being forced to address sustainable agricultural and environmental practices. Given the pressure to increase tourism to keep money flowing into Cuba, the need to reform industrial farming practices, and the need to address failing infrastructure after the end of Soviet assistance (called the Special Period), Cuba has made a number of dramatic decisions to move toward sustainability. 

    As governments around the world have found, laws and incentives may do a lot to encourage changes in daily choices toward sustainability, long-term change must use existing arts to make sustainability a part of culture. Working with the University of Havana Geography Department, as well as Artes Escenicas Cubanas (Performing Arts organization) and Cuban writers about the environment, the class will explore the complexities of sustainability with an emphasis on the role of humanities in a global context with hands-on experience. 

    Highlights include field trips to the following sites

    • The Bay of Pigs
    • The Cienaga de Zapata
    • Organic Farms
    • Rio Almendares (Havana's primary water source)  
    • Vinales and Pinar del Rio

    Location Havana, Cuba
    Program Type Faculty-Led Program
    Program Term Winter
    Program Dates January 3-17, 2018
    Additional Information Faculty-Led study abroad programs may require group travel. Please reach out to your IAP Coordinator prior to making any travel arrangements.

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  • Program Details

    Course of Study

    EHM 316: Cuba and Sustainability - 3 credits

    For students following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) this program fulfills HUM, GLO, and EXP+. For students following the Diversified Education Curriculum (DEC) this program fulfills DEC G.

    Program Details

    Language of Instruction English
    Language Proficiency N/A
    Program Term Winter
    Living Arrangements Residence-style accommodation and homestays

    Program Housing Statement: Stony Brook University is required to comply with the housing policies of the host country, partner institution and/or hotel/hostel. These policies may include requirements such as sex-based housing placement.

    Additional Information

    Credits earned on this program will calculate toward a student's GPA at Stony Brook University. Non-SBU students are advised to check their home university policy regarding grade and credit transfer.

  • Requirements


    GPA 2.0 or higher
    Application Deadline October 1
    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.
  • Program Cost

    Program Cost

    Application Fee


    Tuition Rate

    $286 per credit for NY residents

    $1,023 per credit for non-residents

    Program Fee $3,200
    Administrative Fee

    $200 (non-refundable)

    International Health Insurance Included in the Program Fee
    Other Fees $1,000 approximately: meals, travel costs, personal expenses, etc.
    Travel Costs $1,000 approximately: Students are required to travel with the Program Director to the study abroad site. The study abroad advisor will provide details to participants once available. 
    Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.
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