Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Havana, Cuba (COMM 373)


Faculty Led Summer Program in Havana, Cuba

Program Highlights

  • Learn how to tell a compelling story using a mix of media that may include text, still images, audio, and video. This course introduces the concept of media production in an international setting
  • Experience developing digital media project in collaboration with Cuban experts, scholars and students, through a combination of field work, research, and discussion.
  • Transform your worldview by learning firsthand about the people, society, culture, and current environment in Cuba. Learn through real world experiences and on the ground interaction.

Program Description

This program immerses students in Havana, Cuba. Throughout this trip, students will study the culture of Cuba and be required to produce an audio, video, photographic, or web project telling a story about Cuba and its people. The final body of work will be completed and presented upon return to Chicago. The students’ field work and project development will be supplemented by lectures from local experts into Havana’s rich and colorful history, discussions, museum visits, and collaboration with local communication students. The course focuses on learning through real world experiences.

Students will be required to present their project idea to Professor Greer prior to departure. Beginning in January 2018, participants will meet monthly to discuss their plans and further develop their action plan so they will be prepared prior to their arrival in Havana. Previous experience with photo, video, or audio production recommended.

View student work from last year's session on Vimeo.


Aaron Greer, M.F.A.
Associate Professor
School of Communication


Click here to see last year's syllabus.

Course offering:

COMM 373: Digital Storytelling

Fulfills Engaged Learning Credit

Credit Hours Earned:

Three credit hours


Students will stay in shared suites at a hotel in Cuba’s capitol city, Havana.

Students will be provided with lunch and dinner meal tickets that can be used in most restaurants around the city.

Tentative Dates

March 2-11, 2018

Program Costs

Program Fee of $2,210 


  • Shared occupancy in hotel
  • Two meals per day
  • All in-country travel expenses
  • Entrance fees to museums
  • On-site program support
  • Loyola international health insurance through CISI

Tuition Fee: Included in spring semester tuition

Total Program Cost: $2,210

Program Fee Does Not Include:

  • Round-trip airfare (Chicago-Havana) approximately $1,100
  • Personal spending money
  • Optional baggage insurance/add. baggage fees

Application Process

Space is limited—apply today!

As part of the online application you must upload a copy of your valid passport or passport application receipt and pay by credit card a $100 non-refundable Office for International Programs (OIP) study abroad fee.

For more information, contact the Office for International Programs at studyabroad@luc.edu or 773.508.3899; or contact Aaron Greer at agreer1@luc.edu.

The application deadline is March 15th, 2018.