Immerse yourself in Cuban culture while creating your own series of photographic essays.
21st century Havana is a city of contradictions — steeped in tradition but on the verge of a radical change in cultural direction. From rumba and salsa and Revolution-era art and literature to the recent opening of western influence, Havana is a landscape that is overflowing with possibilities for documentary storytelling — and it’s yours to discover.
“I learned in Cuba to always be analytical of different points of views, and to form connections with the people you are trying to represent with your art, even despite language or cultural barriers. Since Cuba, I’ve become wholly invested in documentary work, and it is there that I became close with the two friends with whom I am now starting a documentary production company."
In the photography program in Havana offered in collaboration with the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, the Cuban National Institute of Film and Television (ICAIC), and the University of Havana, you will use the incredible street life of Havana, Cuba as your canvas to document the modern Cuban experience that most Westerners never get to see. This unique opportunity allows you to interpret through photography the shifting cultural experience of Cuba at this unique crossroads in its rich and turbulent history. You study photography and image making in a mixed media setting, presenting a series of photographic essays of your experience of daily Cuban life.
Outside the classroom, you live in a historic Cuban ‘casa particular’ with a Cuban family and other students. All casas are 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 27, 2019
Charter Flight/Student Departure: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Arrival and departure dates are subject to change.
Prerequisites: Photography I or equivalent experience. Please note: one college-level Spanish class is highly recommended in advance of the semester
Please note: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past the end of the program at the time of your application. There are no exceptions.
Spring 2019: Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET
For more information please view our Admissions Calendar.
Application: Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.
- Academic Year 2018-19 Full-time Tuition, 12-18 unit flat rate per term: $27,176
Additional Fees Include:
- Nonrefundable Registration and Services Fee: $1,286
- Program Fee: $640 (estimated from 2017-18)
- Media & Production Fee (Photography): $398 (estimated from 2017-18)
- NYU Housing (doubles, includes 2 meals per day): $6,714 (estimated from 2017-18)
- Flight to/from Havana from NYC: Approx. $500
- Meals: $950-$1,800
- CSI Insurance $155 (estimated from 2017-18)
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.
Food in Cuba
Meat and carbohydrates are staples in the Cuban diet. While fruit is plentiful, and it is possible to get vegetables at certain food markets, it is easier for students to purchase fruit than vegetables but both come at a higher cost as they are not readily available as they are in New York. If you are a vegetarian, vegan, or have special dietary restrictions, please contact Tisch Special Programs to discuss food options.
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*
- Rooms furnished with linens and towels included
- No overnight guests allowed
*Internet access is unreliable across Cuba. There is no internet available in the casas particulares; intermittent wifi connection is available nearby for an additional cost.