Quick Info

  • Havana, Cuba
  • Spring Break
  • : Panther Program
  • : Economics, History
  • : March 8 - March 16, 2019
  • : $2,699 In-State ; $2,899 Out-of-State - Scholarships Available!
  • : Sunday, November 4, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


 This one-week study abroad program is a part of a larger spring semester course at the University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg.

This course examines the historical background of the Cuban Revolution and Castro’s leadership since 1959, and how the Revolution helped to transform Cuba from political dictatorship to a more socially focused and equitable political and economic society. The students will study the economic reforms under Fidel Castro and then Raul Castro’s leadership.  They will examine new economic opportunities afforded by the Cuban state.  Students will have classroom instruction on how Cuba’s economy allocates economic resources, by studying the shortcomings and benefits of these allocations with primary focus on how Castro’s economic policies created and maintained economic stability. The students also will examine how recent economic policies under Raul Castro have created important socioeconomic improvements, particularly in the areas of healthcare and education.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Jackie Horrall is an Associate Professor of Economics.
Dr. Pilar Herr is an Assistant Professor of History.


The Costillar de Rocinante Journalist Hotel will serve as your home on the program.  Located in the heart of the city and close to the University of Havana, the hotel includes breakfast and dinner.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please check with Brice Lynn before applying.  A variety of very affordable lunch options are available near throughout the city.

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$2,699 $2,899
Depart Pittsburgh Return Pittsburgh
March 8, 2019 March 16, 2019

Through the generosity of various scholarship funds and the PittGreensburg Study Abroad Office, scholarships are available for this program!
Students who are accepted and have had no previous study abroad experiences will receive a $1,200 scholarship towards the program cost.
Students who are accepted and have had a previous study abroad experience will receive a $500 scholarship towards the program cost.

Keep in mind that dates may change.


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 3 credits
  • Roundtrip airfare to Havana from Pittsburgh
  • Some meals
  • In-Country Transportation
  • Housing in Havana
  • Excursions, museum entrances, and other experiences related to the course
  • Visa

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Personal expenses and spending money ($300)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

To participate in this program and remain full-time, you must be registered for at least 12 credits in addition to this course.

Special Information

It is important that you remember that studying abroad in Cuba is a unique and rewarding experience, but it is not without its challenges. A few things to consider: Internet access is extremely limited in Cuba and many websites accessible from the U.S. (Facebook, Twitter, Gmail) may or may not be accessible while you are abroad. Communication with the United States by phone can be difficult and you cannot send mail between the two countries. Although this seems daunting, it offers you the opportunity to achieve a level of cultural immersion that simply is not possible on a majority of other study abroad programs.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Brice Lynn

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Hey there.  I'm Brice and I'm one of the Assistant Directors at Pitt Study Abroad.  I'm a born-and-raised Pittsburgher (and have the accent to prove it).  My own study abroad experience as a Pitt student took me to Granada, Spain.  Between my host family, the food, and all of the embarrassing language mistakes I made, it turned out to be some of the best months of my life. Now, I'm here to help you make your own study abroad experience a reality.  When I'm not in the office, you can usually find me falling out of yoga poses, riding my bike, and ruining all of these physical activities with a plate of pierogi (extra butter and onions, please).  Get in touch with me at bel18@pitt.edu or 412-383-1029.

Schedule an Appointment With Me