CUBA: Photography and Cuban Culture (closed)

Havana, Cuba

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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 5 - June 4, 2014; May 5 - May 11 in Boston, May 12 - June 4 in Havana (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Come view the Summer 2014 Cuba Dialogue Exhibition!  Monday, September 29, 2014, 5 pm, West Village H.


Faculty Leader: Luis Brens (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

Information Session: November 5 at 6:00pm, 305 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer I


  • ARTE2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio - Photo Basic OR ARTE2500 Art & Design Abroad: Documentary Photography
  • ARTE2501 History - Cuba Cultural History


All Students in the Cuba Dialogue will be enrolled in Cuba Cultural History, a class with a focus on the culture, music and visual arts, while engaged in an intensive photographic program. Weekly assignments that encourage engagement with the local culture will be assigned.

Students will take either Photo Basics for Majors and Non-Majors or Documentary Photography. Photo Basics will cover current photographic software and digital camera usage and is open to the entire university. It is designed for students with no prior knowledge of photography.  Documentary Photography students must show a portfolio to be take this section.  This class is designed for students with significant background in photography.  A final portfolio is required for successful completion of both classes.


  • ARTE2500 Art & Design Abroad: Studio - Photo Basics OR ARTE2500 Art & Design Abroad: Documentary Photography (students will take one or the other)
  • ARTE2501 Art & Design Abroad: History - Cuban Cultural History

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Interview with faculty leader will be required as part of application process.
  • This program is open to students from any major and college.

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,195

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


This program will begin in Boston on the Northeastern campus.  Students will be provided on-campus accommodations (typically a freshmen residence hall) between Sunday, May 4, 2014 and Sunday, May 11, 2014.  Students will depart for Cuba on Sunday, May 11, 2014 for the remainder of the program.  Please note that meals are not included and students will not have access to kitchens.  Students may opt to use on-campus dining facilities during this time, but the cost will be the student's responsibility.

The academic portion of the program will begin during the morning of May 5, 2014 on campus.