The Cuba-Russia Connection

Study Abroad

Studies in Cultural Diplomacy

Neither modern Cuba nor Russia can be appreciated without understanding the wars, revolutions, and political forces they have experienced over the past century. The Cuba-Russia Connection invites you, through selected topics in cultural diplomacy, to become better informed about these two fascinating countries. Cuba and Russia have played important strategic and often interrelated roles in US foreign policy. Moreover, their cultural production in the areas of music, literature, and art has extended beyond the two countries' boundaries to make lasting contributions to the international canons of these forms of human expression. A deeper familiarity with both countries is essential to understanding U.S. interests in today’s complex geopolitical landscape.

Participants in the Cuba-Russia Connection will spend one-and-one-half weeks experiencing Cuba in tradition and transition, and then move to three weeks of course work and excursions in St. Petersburg, Russia. Language study of Spanish and Russian in the respective countries is included in the program, because of its central role in manifesting the ways in which people formulate meaning and conceptualize their world.

The course will include the following topics and themes: the role of cultural diplomacy in understanding politics, war, and revolution; the Russian Orthodox Church as soft power; the arts (music, literature, dance) as cultural diplomacy; the power of environmental issues in fostering cultural diplomacy; and cultural diplomacy through verbal (literature) and visual (filmic) art.


Host institution

Internships, Volunteering, Research

Cultural Programming and Field Trips


About the Location

Budget Breakdown


Havana, Cuba;
St. Petersburg, Russia
Diplomacy, History, International Relations, Russian Language


  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • 18 years of age at time of application

Dates & Costs

  • Summer 2019
    Year: 2019 Summer
    Dates: 24 May 2019 - 01 July 2019
    Application Deadline: 01 March 2019

Program Inclusions

Tuition, accommodation, Russian visa and registration, pre-departure information, roundtrip airport transfers, cultural programming, health and emergency insurance, use of a mobile telephone for duration of program, and SRAS in-country support.