Study Abroad Courses

Each year, a study abroad opportunity is offered to LEAP students across the country.  Past excursions have been to South Africa and Ghana.  Each academic year brings a new, exciting travel experience to enrich the curriculum and provide room for academic exploration and growth...this year, experience the Rhythm and Pulse of Cuba!    

Join ThisWorldMusic® on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the heart of Afro-Cuban music and dance!



DATES: June 23–July 3, 2018

In this 11-day summer study abroad program, participants are introduced to a variety of topics related to Cuban culture, history, politics, philosophy and daily life. 

Take hands-on classes with internationally acclaimed artists and learn about Cuba’s rich history and culture from leading experts — all while immersing yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of this iconic island nation:


  • Study traditional drumming, dancing and singing with the world-renowned Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba
  • Explore Cuba’s diverse offerings, including walking In Viejo Habana!tours of Old Havana, museums, restaurants and nightlife
  • Attend fascinating lectures on Cuban history, culture and politics
  • Enjoy relaxing excursions to some of the island’s most scenic and culturally vibrant locations
  • Participate in unique cultural exchanges with community groups in Havana and Matanzas


Lodging for all 10 nights is at La Casona de Calzada, a charming colonial house conveniently located close to restaurants, nightlife, shopping and the ocean.

Drumming class! Students with teachers, and ThisWorldMusic Director, Jeremy Cohen.


Tuition and Costs

$3550 program fee includes:

  •  Lodging for all 10 nights
  •  Breakfast and lunch on all days (including at La Imprenta and Palador Mallorca)
  •  Dinner on 8 of 10 nights (including at Atelier and El A pointe shoe from a Santeria's house that students' visited. Idilio)
  • All excursions and cultural   activities
  •  25 hours of instruction
  •  In-country transportation, including daily to/from classes (air-conditioned bus)
  •  Complimentary enrollment in Asistur travel health insurance
  • Visa procurement (including fee)

Not Included:

  • Airfare: $300-$700 (estimated)
  • Additional meals and bottled water: $175 (estimated)
  • Internet access credit: $25 (estimated)
  • Vaccinations/immunizations: depends on insurance


What Students Have to Say:

"There aren’t enough words to truly articulate how incredible this program is. The lectures were riveting; and drumming and dance classes were absolutely incredible. Our final performance was truly transformative. It was a life-changing experience as a teacher and human being. I can’t wait to go back again. My advice is GO!!!"  A student - University of Cincinnati

"So much more than I expected. As a music and movement educator, I loved the immersion of dance and movement, and the opportunity for the final sharing. The lectures helped to understand the history of the Cubans which put everything in perspective." Chris Judah-Luader - Indiana University - South Bend

"I learned an incredible amount about Cuba, its African heritage and influence, the wide range of music, culture, the people, and even worked on my Spanish. It was 100% worthwhile."  A student - Moraine Valley Community College


*Apply by January 1, 2018



Students with Carlos Acosta’s “Costa Danza” Company dancers