Havana is one of the world’s most enigmatic cities. This spring, Carleton students are invited to challenge assumptions and develop a deeper understanding of the Cuban capital through a two week immersive learning experience.

Over the course of fourteen days of site visits, in-class learning, and self-directed research, participants will look closely at the complexities of Havana’s urban system. The course will engage with a range of topics, including urban history, urban development, sustainability, architecture (pre and post revolution), urban culture (including visual art, music, and dance), and questions of urban equity (including gender and race).

In the first week (May 11 to 15th) of the program, students will learn from Cuban professors and researchers at the Facultad Latinamericano de Ciencias Socialies (FLACSO Cuba) in the mornings and visit key sites in the afternoon. In the second week of the program (May 18-22), students will work with Cuban urbanists and sustainability experts, as well as conduct independent field research. The program culminates in the production of a final research paper.

Participants will earn 0.5 credits at the third-year level. The program is open to undergraduate students with at least third year standing (in some cases, second year students will be considered).

For more information contact: Professors David Hugill ( and Patrizia Gentile (

Important Dates

Monday September 16, 2019 – Applications Open (CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW)

Friday November 15, 2019 – Applications Close

Wednesday November 20, 2019 – Applicants Notified

Monday December 2, 2019 – $200 Deposit Due

Wednesday January 15, 2020 – Full program fee due

Monday May 4 and Tuesday May 5 – On-Campus Course Sessions and Pre-Trip Meetings

Saturday May 9 to Saturday May 23 – Havana Field Course

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Upcoming Information Sessions

There are no info sessions scheduled at this time.  We will post info session dates for next year’s trip in August 2020.