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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba; Pinar del Río, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer I
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Minimum GPA:
2.75 Prerequisite(s): Honors Students Only
Faculty-Led Program Status: Available College: Honors College
Credits: 6 credits Class Standing: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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Program Description

Ritmo y Arroz: Cuba Through Dance and Food


Immerse yourself Cuba.  Learn how to dance and eat like a Cuban.  Along the way, understand Cuba’s journey from Spanish colony to Marxist-Leninist state and the social, ritual, and ideological dynamics of dance in Cuban culture.   And meet Cubans – in schools, restaurants, workplaces, even in their homes. Students will also attain an advanced understanding of the role that dance and food have played in Cuba, as well as interdisciplinary research techniques. No prior knowledge of dance or Spanish necessary.

Our program is composed of two courses: "Rhythm and Revolution:  Exploring Dance in Cuba" and  "El Plato Cubano:  Cuban Cuisine Past, Present, and Future."  This program will introduce students to culture of Cuba through the prisms of dance and music.  More specifically, students will learn not only fundamental dance and cooking techniques, but also how dance and food in Cuba have changed from the 18th century to the present day.  During the colonial period, how people danced and ate reflected their class and race.  During the twentieth century, however, Cubans began to embrace African contributions to their culture. The results were new and interesting cultural forms, in both dance and food, that combined the African and the European. 

In order to understand the historical and social roles of dance and food, students will read a great deal before departure, while receiving experiential introductions to both dance and food by the faculty.  While in Cuba, students will read, reflect in journals, and attend classes at the Instituto Superior de Arte, and plan classes for the artistic community of Korimakao.  In order to understand the role of food in Cuban history, students will work in archives, tour farms, learn how to make dishes fundamental to Cuba, as well as other activities.  Students will also attend public performances and visit certain important restaurants in order to learn how to prepare fundamental Cuban dishes.  Students will also learn the fundamentals of interdisciplinary research, working collaboratively to create a eBook that will serve as a guidebook for future North American visitors to Cuba.

HON 2515 – El Plato Cubano:  Cuban Cuisine Past, Present, and Future – 3 credits
HON 3515 – Rhythm and Revolution:  Exploring Cuba Through Dance – 3 credits
WRC 2202 – What if? Asking Historical Questions – 3 credits
WRC 3203 – Why Art? Embodiment – 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 $2,897.24  
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, all meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Costs
Personal Expenses1 $350
Visa2 $200
Passport $150
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2All travelers must have a visa prior to entering Cuba. Students will be provided instructions for obtaining the visa. 

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 $865.75 01/31/19
2nd Payment $865.75 02/28/19
3rd Payment $865.74 03/31/19

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 Kim Overcash or Laura Sullivan 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 June 8 to June 22, 2019.

Pre-Program Meetings

1–2 meetings prior to beginning of Summer I session. Dates and times to be determined. Course begins on May 28, 2019 (start of Summer I).

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 occassions.  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-abroads to Cuba in 2015 and 2017.

Ms. Emily Daughtridge
Associate Professor, Theater and Dance

Ms. Emily Daughtridge has traveled to Cuba three times: In March 2014 she traveled to Cuba with a faculty contingent from ASU to explore opportunities for creating a short term, study abroad course, and in May 2016 and May 2017 she co-lead a short-term study-abroad with Dr. Joseph Gonzalez.  She has also traveled in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the U.S., spending time in 15 countries.  She has conducted and/or presented research in India, Taiwan, and Poland, where she was on faculty for the Silesian Dance Theatre’s International Dance Festival and Conference for three years. During her OSCA in Spring 2016, she traveled and taught throughout India for four weeks.  Her teaching load for the last thirteen years has included general education courses concerning the topics of world dance and dance history.  Emily has led students on trips to Cuba, New York City and various locations in the U.S. for field conferences.


Students may enroll in this program only with the permission of the faculty.  In addition, the faculty may refuse to admit anyone with a grade point average below 2.75 and a record of one or more conduct violations. If you have questions, please email either Dr. Gonzalez or Ms. Daughtridge to discuss your situation.  

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.
    • 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. Please note that Student Accounts can no longer accept credit card payments in person, but they can take credit card payments online. Online credit and debit card payments are subject to a non-refundable 2.75% transaction fee.
    • Walk to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), located on the 3rd floor of Plemmons Student
         Union, Suite 321.
    • OIED will make your enrollment official upon reception of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
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 WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Evening workshops are also available. For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

You will NOT be enrolled in the program until you have completed all 5 steps above.

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 (including the Student Handbook), 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 03/15/2019 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:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.