Create, shoot and edit your own documentary film in a landscape with a rich cultural and political history.
21st century Havana is a city of contradictions — steeped in tradition but on the verge of a radical change in cultural direction. From rhumba and salsa, Revolution-era art and literature to the recent opening of American influence, Havana is a landscape that is overflowing with possibilities for documentary storytelling — and it’s yours to discover.
"Even now, years later, I still look at those three months I spent in Havana as the most inspiring and creatively fulfilling time in my life — It's a mindset I try to dip in to whenever I'm feeling lost or downtrodden." - Emma Thatcher
The documentary video production course, offered in collaboration with the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, the Cuban National Institute of Film and Television (ICAIC), and the University of Havana, takes you through all the crucial steps from the development of ideas and research through editing and post-production. In addition, you attend screenings of Cuban documentaries, workshops, master classes, and class discussions exploring various aspects of documentary practice and Cuban cinema.
Outside the classroom, you live in a historic Cuban ‘casa particular’ with a Cuban family and other students, centrally located within walking distance to the campus of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba and the University of Havana.
Your semester abroad consists of your core program course and three additional companion courses, completing a full-time, 16-18 unit semester.
Charter Flight/Student Arrival: Sunday, January 21, 2018
Charter Flight/Student Departure: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Tisch Film/TV Majors: Sight & Sound Doc (FMTV-UT 80) and one more Sight & Sound of your choice, Production Safety & Set Protocol (FMTV-UT 101)
NYU and Visiting students: Fundamentals of Digital Filmmaking (OART-UT 560) or college level experience in film production.
Please note: one college-level Spanish class is highly recommended in advance of the semester.
Spring 2018: Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5:00pm ET.
For more information please view our Admissions Calendar.
Application: Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.
- Academic Year 2017-2018 Full-time Tuition, 12-18 unit flat rate per term: $26,451
Additional Fees Include:
- Nonrefundable Registration and Services Fee: $1,261
- Program Fee: $640 (estimated from 2016-17)
- Media & Production Fee (Documentary): $578 (estimated from 2016-17)
- NYU Housing (doubles, includes 2 meals per day): $6,714 (estimated from 2016-17)
- Flight to/from Havana from Miami: Approx. $500
- Meals: $950-$1,800
- CSI Insurance $155
Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.
Visit the NYU Office of the Bursar for more information on tuition and fees.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
There are opportunities for financial assistance to study abroad.
Please review the Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad page for more information.
You will be housed in the Vedado district of Havana in home-stays (casas particulares). Students are provided with breakfast and dinner at their casas.
- Double bedroom
- Breakfast and dinner included in program costs
- Limited laundry facilities on-site
- No internet available in residence, but will be available nearby at additional cost
- Rooms furnished with linens and towels included
- No overnight guests allowed