Thursday, September 27, 2012

Understanding Cuban Urbanism in Havana

University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee

Program Description

The Havana Winterim study abroad program 2013 shall provide students with first-hand exposure to the processes of Latin American urbanization and the unique characteristics of one of the oldest and most vibrant cities in the Western Hemisphere.

The built urban environment of Havana has been shaped by Spanish colonialism, independence movements, American economic domination and the Cold War.  Imagine seeing Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Havana City Office in charge of historic preservation and meeting the architecture and planning staff of the University of San Geronimo.  Students will get a chance to see examples of state-of- the-art urban agriculture, farm collectives and other unique examples of community-based ecological tourism.

Participating students must complete reading assignments and attend lectures before the trip.  These lectures and readings designed to maximize the in-country experience by exposing students to Havana’s unique Afro-Cuban culture and vibrant urban history.  The Havana Winterim is a once in a lifetime opportunity chase away the winter blues and expose yourself to one of the most unique cities on earth.

January 7 - January, 14 2013
NOTE: Dates may change depending on flight availability and cost.

Mandatory General Orientation: November 16, 2012, 2-4 p.m.
Mandatory Site-Specific Orientation: TBD...

Program Leaders
Michael Martin, Department of Urban Planning (

Study Abroad Advising
Natalie Malacrida (

Contact for administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.

3 undergraduate and/or graduate credits Urban Planning or Urban Studies (497 or 797)

Estimated Cost: $3,605
•    Program fees are based on a realistic estimate of participants. Fees may change based on final enrollment and exchange rate fluctuation.
•    Cost includes support for a UWM faculty member, airfare, academic costs, accommodation, cultural activities, in-country transportation, some meals, health insurance.
•    Cost does not include personal spending money, most meals, books and supplies, or trip/travel insurance.
•    There are fee differentials for graduate students and non-Wisconsin residents.
•    Please see the top of the program page. Click on the term you are interested in and you will be directed to a budget sheet that contains program fees and other important financial information.
•    There are fee differentials for graduate students ($200) and non-Wisconsin residents ($200).

Scholarships and Grants
Financial Aid, Scholarships & Grants can be used for this program!

Based on eligibility, UWM undergraduate students may apply for a Wisconsin Study Abroad Grant.

Students may also apply for the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Donald R. Shea Undergraduate Scholarship.  More information is available at:

More information on scholarships and grants can be found here.

Application Requirements & Deadline
The application deadline is October 15, 2012.

This program requires an online application and other required documents found as part of the online application; a $250 deposit (includes a $50 non-refundable application fee); and a valid passport.

NOTE: There will be a quick turn-around time after the October 15 deadline to confirm your participation in this program to keep the program cost as low as possible.

Applying for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program's end date. The CIE Study Abroad office strongly recommends that you expedite your passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Center for International Education
Pearse Hall 166
Telephone:  414-229-5182

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