Quick Info

  • Havana, Cuba
  • Maymester
  • : Panther Program
  • : Africana Studies, Anthropology and Archaeology, History, History of Art and Architecture, Religious Studies, Spanish Language, Literature, and Studies
  • : Friday, May 3 - Saturday, May 11, 2019
  • : $2,799 In-State | $2,999 Out-of-State : Scholarships Available - See Below
  • : DEADLINE EXTENDED! Sunday, January 27, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Graduate Students


AFRICNA 1999 - Advanced Special Topics in Afro-Latin American Studies - 1 credit

The Afro-Latin American Studies Graduate Seminar Abroad program in Cuba is a one-credit course for graduate students in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Taught in and around Havana, the objective of this week-long Maymester course is to provide graduate students with a first-hand experience in understanding the historical, social, and cultural legacies of Afro-Latin America. This course focuses on Cuba’s African roots, including African-derived music, religions, literature, and art; issues of race and gender in revolutionary society; and Cuba’s contemporary links with Africa and the African Diaspora.

This course will include a research topic and information gathering, an exploration of the agency of Afro-Cubans in resisting colonial enslavement, and modern inequalities.  

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies. Her research and teaching focus on the history of the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin America, and Afro-Latinos in the U.S. Her previous research focused on race relations and politics in colonial Cuba. Her current research offers comparative perspectives on freedom within slavery, colonial race and gender relations, and immigration and identity during the age of revolution in Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad. Projects in development explore Caribbean migration to the Rust Belt.  She serves as the Director of the Afro-Latin American and Latino Studies Initiative, the Afro-Cuban History and Culture Study Abroad Program to Havana, and the Afro-Latin American Studies seminar to Cuba for graduate students.  

Dr. Shawn Alfonso-Wells is an Anthropologist of the Caribbean and Latin America. Her primary area of research includes race and ethnicity with a focus on Cuba. Other research interests consist of delving into the complexities of sex and gender. She has investigated race relations and the color classification system in Cuba as well as the intersections of sex, race, and class, particularly as they combine in the Atlantic World. In addition to co-directing the Afro-Cuban History and Culture Study Abroad Program to Havana, Dr. Alfonso-Wells is an advisor at Pitt and teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.



El Costillar de Rocinante (also known as the Journalist Hotel, El Hotelito, and many other names) is your home for the program. Located just 5 minutes on foot from La Universidad de Habana and 15 minutes from the Malecón, El Costillar de Rocinante is a comortable and typical Cuban residence.  A large dining room (with two meals per day included) and a spacious and cool lobby open onto a wrap-around veranda.  Enjoy the Cuban breeze as you work on school work, relax with friends, or chat with other guests at the hotel.  Double rooms (with air conidtioning) open onto a second-floor veranda as well. El Costillar is no Hilton but is a safe and comfortable place to stay in Havana.

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$2,799 $2,999
Arrive in Havana Depart Havana
Friday, May 3, 2019 Saturday, May 11, 2019

Scholarships (up to $800) are available through the Pitt Seed Grant from the Office of the Chancellor. 

Inclusions & Exclusions

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

  • Tuition for 1 credits
  • Roundtrip airfare from PIT to HAV (see note below)
  • Housing in double rooms at the Costillar de Rocinante
  • Breakfast and dinner each day 
  • All museum entrances, excursions in Havana, and transportation
  • Tourist visa

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

  • Personal expenses ($200-$300)
  • Program Deposit ($350, to be credited to your account)

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.

Special Information

Cuba presents difficulties when traveling, including limited access to internet and communications, a cash-only economy with no access to US bank accounts, and more.  Please contact Brice (brice.lynn@pitt.edu) if you have any questions regarding studying in Cuba. 

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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.

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