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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisite(s): Honors Students Only Faculty-Led Program Status: Available
Credits: 6 credits Class Standing: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

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Program Description

Rhythm and Revolution: Cuba June 2021

CUBA--JosephGonzalez/GLS/262-2443/ Daughtridge/TD/262-2404/ Program: Rhythm and Revolution: Cuba June 2021. Learn how to dance, sing, and eat like a Cuban. Along the way, understand Cuba’s journey from Spanish colony to Marxist-Leninist state, as well as the social, ritual, and ideological dynamics of dance in Cuban culture. And meet Cubans – in schools, restaurants, workplaces, even in their homes. No prior knowledge of dance or Spanish necessary. Just bring your curiosity. Dates: June 11th--June 21st. Cost: $2995.00 (includes airfare).


HON 2515 – Cuba Libre – 3 credits
HON 3515* – Rhythm and Revolution – 3 credits
WRC 2202 – What If? Asking Historical Questions – 3 credits
WRC 3203* – Why Art? – 3 credits

*Dance students may substitute this course for DAN 3445 — Rhythm and Revolution: Dance in Cuba — 3 credits

Program Cost

All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OIED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

Paid to Appalachian State
  6 credits  
App Tuition & Fees1 Student Accounts  
Program Cost2 $2,995.00  
1Tuition and fees for summer programs can be found at this link. After selecting the appropriate summer tuition and fees cost sheet scroll down to "Study Abroad Rates". Please note that summer tuition and fees are updated during the spring semester.
2Program Cost includes airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, most meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Costs
Meals $100
Personal Expenses1 $350
Visa2 $100
Passport $150
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Some non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa prior to entering Cuba. 

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted. 
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheet.

Payment Schedule

  Amount Date Due
Deposit $300 Submit with application
1st Payment $898.33 01/31/21
2nd Payment $898.33 02/28/21
3rd Payment $898.33 03/31/21

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.

Financial Aid

If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
  1. Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
  2. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
  3. Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Laura Blalock PRIOR to applying to the program.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


Program Itinerary

The international component of this course will run from 6/11/21 to 06/21/21.

Pre-Program Meetings

1–2 meetings prior to beginning of Summer I session. Dates and times to be determined.

Program Leaders

Dr. Joseph Gonzalez
Assistant Professor, Culture, Gender and Global Studies

Dr. Joseph Gonzalez has been a scholar of the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba for his entire scholarly career, publishing and teaching about the subject.  In addition to repeated trips to Cuba, he lived in Colombia as a pre-adolescent with his parents (his father was born and raised there), and traveled throughout Europe on several occasions.  While both an advanced graduate student and new faculty member at Appalachian State, he traveled with students as part of courses on at least nine separate occasions, ranging from short trips to Washington, D.C., to much longer tours around the South as part of courses taught on the Civil Rights Movement.  Along with Emily Daughtridge, he led a short-term study-abroad to Cuba in May 2015 and May 2019.  

Ms. Emily Daughtridge
Associate Professor, Theater and Dance

Prof. Emily Daughtridge’s professional travel has included Cuba, India, Taiwan and Poland. Along with colleague Dr. Joe Gonzalez, she has led 3 short-term study-abroad programs to Cuba. Additionally, she has led students on trips to New York City and various locations in the U.S. for field conferences.  Her scholarship/creative activity is interested in cross-cultural approaches to: movement practices, dance pedagogy, creative processes and artist’s and cultural sustainability. Inherently, her research in Cuba and India explores cultural exchange and global dynamics. Her rotating teaching load includes Modern Dance technique, Yoga, Composition & Improvisation, Choreography, Collaborative Process, Dance History and Latin dance.


How to Apply

    • Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
    • Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
    • Select the Student Tab.
    • Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
    • Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
    • Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
    • Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building and pay by cash, check, or debit card.
      • Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).
      • Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, debit card, or money order.
    • Pay through the Touchnet online payment system.  If using the Touchnet system please make sure that you are making the payment for the international charges.  Please see the Touchnet Payment Instructions.pdf
    • During the pandemic, OIED is unable to receive signed applications in our office.
      • To expedite processing of your application, scan it or use your smartphone to photograph it in its entirety and send the digital copy to Then follow one of the two steps below. 
        • If you are on campus, put the signed application in an envelope clearly marked "OIED" and hand it to a clerk at the campus post office. No postage is necessary.
        • If you are off campus, mail it to Appalachian State University, Attn: OIED, ASU Box 32803, Boone, NC 28608. Please note that there is no need to send it by Priority Mail, certified mail, or by courier (e.g., UPS or FedEx). First class mailing is sufficient. 
    • OIED will make your enrollment official upon receipt of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
All students are strongly urged to view the Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop slide presentation prior to submitting the signed application to OIED.

You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family and loved ones, before submitting your application.


Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is 03/15/2021 but applications are accepted on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to apply early.

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.