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UF in Cuba - Drumming in Havana
Havana, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Short-Term
Budget Sheets Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Short-Term 2018 02/01/2018 02/01/2018 05/05/2018 05/12/2018
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Program Advisor: Leslie Johnson
Type of Credit:
Open to non-UF students:
Yes Program Type: UF Sponsored
Field of Study: Music
Program Description:

UF in Cuba

Drumming in Havana
Spring 2018: May 5-12

Cuba 1 Cuba 2 Cuba 3

About the Program

The School of Music invites you to participate in an experience that will connect percussion students with master teachers in Cuba for an intense study of culture and drumming techniques. UF in Cuba is organized in conjunction with International Studies Abroad (ISA).

About the Location

Havana (population 2.1 million), the capital and largest city in Cuba, sits in the northwest part of the country on the Gulf of Mexico. It offers a mixture of old charm and modern convenience that has yet to be branded by commercialism. There is a relaxed way of life, despite its big city size. Havana is visually and culturally beautiful, and transports its visitors to travel back in time as if living in a different era.

The city was founded in 1519 by the Spanish and its historical center retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments. As Cuba's chief port city, it has one of the best harbors in the Western Hemisphere. Cuba has a tropical climate, with warm, humid weather all year long as it's surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the  Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

Although just a 50-minute plane ride from Miami, Havana is quite the opposite with its slow-paced lifestyle, 1950's vehicles and lively street culture. Pack up and get ready to take a time warp and enjoy what Havana has to offer.


  • Old Havana City Tour
  • Visit Museo de Guanabacoa
  • Salsa Dancing Class
  • Visit Casa de Africa Museum
  • Visit La Cabaña for El Cañonazo ceremony

Course Information

School of Music
College of the Arts

Courses are taught by UF Faculty

HUM 4956 - Drumming in Cuba

Total Number of Credits Offered: 3


  • open to all majors
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • students in good standing

Program Highlights:

  • ISA Orientation and tour of Cuzco
  • Welcome dinner on first night of arrival
  • Visit Callejon de Hamel
  • Meet with Cuban percussionist students
  • Drumming history and culture in Cuba – with master teachers Benito Lezcano and Hector Alonso
  • How to make maracas criollas and how to tune a bongo - with master teachers Benito Lezcano and Hector Alonso
  • Drumming techniques - with master teachers – including instrument rental
  • Visit Cuban Institute of Music
  • Visit UNEAC
  • Meet with Cuban Female Batá Band – Obini Batá
  • Farewell dinner


Participants will be able to experience the unique culture of Havana by living in casas particulares while on the program. In addition to having an opportunity to be immersed in the Spanish language, participants will observe and experience aspects of the Cuban lifestyle that are inaccessible to most visitors. The homes are located in the neighborhood of Vedado, within walking distance or via local bus, 10-45 minutes from where classes will be held. Most of the casas particulares are made up of individuals who do not speak English. Some of the households do have English-speaking members, and all are experienced in hosting participants with all levels of Spanish.

Participants are usually housed two to a room. The families will provide one meal per day (breakfast) over the duration of the program.

ISA makes every effort to meet housing requests of universities and individual participants. Individual casas particulares matches are based on questionnaires participants complete prior to departure, which outline any applicable health or nutritional requirements, as well as personal preferences and roommate requests. All housing assignments are confirmed approximately two to four weeks prior to departure.

Financial Aid

Most financial aid that you would receive on campus during the summer can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program; however, all financial aid eligibility is determined by Student Financial Affairs. You must speak with your financial aid advisor to determine what aid can be applied to the cost of this study abroad program, including scholarships.


2018 Undergraduate Program Fee: $3,106
2018 Graduate Program Fee: $3,355

A $350 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application. The remaining fees are due no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you receive financial aid, you can defer payment until it disburses.

What's Included:

Tuition (1-3 credits), round-trip airfare, transportation to and from José Martí International Airport (HAV), on-site orientation, group welcome and farewell dinners, housing in shared rooms in casas particulares in Havana, breakfast at the hotel, excursions and other local outings, guided tours and entrance fees, health insurance, and medical emergency assistance.

What's Not Included:

Course materials, lunch, additional personal travel, and personal expenses.


UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Leslie Johnson

Faculty Program Director
Dr. Kenneth Broadway