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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Drexel Winter Break in Cuba: Documentary Film Production


Program Overview

Drexel is excited to offer its first study abroad opportunity in Cuba! This two week Intermediate Production course is designed to give students the opportunity to study and shoot within a foreign culture, to allow them to experience a world whose socio-economic background is quite distinct from their own, and to provide the challenge of capturing some aspect of it within a documentary film. It will be run in partnership with EICTV (Escuela International de Cine y Television), the pre-eminent film school for all of Latin America. Students will experience Cuba's rich and vibrant cultural history, learn about its history of cinema and produce a documentary film in downtown Old Havana. Besides further developing their production skills, this course also provides students with an opportunity for cultural immersion and intellectual growth. Watch a student's video about this program!


Students will be registered for FMVD  280 Cuban Documentary Workshop, 3 credits as part of their winter term course load. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their winter credit load when registering for winter term, or will be billed for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum.

FMVD 220 Documentary Production which is offered fall term so students participating in the Cuba course should plan the pre-requisite into their fall term schedule. FMVD 220 may be waived by permission of the instructor.

Faculty Leader
Gerard Hooper, Film and Video Professor,

Program CalendarCuba

Arrival Date: December 10, 2017
Departure Date: December 23, 2017
*Students must arrange for early fall term exams in order to participate. 
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after the official program dates. Students assume all risk during independent travel as Drexel University is not responsible outside of program dates.

Itinerary Overview

Week 1 
Takes place on the campus of EICTV, about 25 minutes outside of Havana. This week will consist of lectures on documentary form, screenings, lectures/information sessions on Cuban culture, guest speakers and location scouting in Old Havana, where production will take place. In scouting, guided by EICTV personnel, students will have the opportunity to “discover” stories or events that move them, that make them want to produce a film about them. Following location scouting, students will propose their ideas for the projects. Students and faculty will then vote to select two to three projects for production.

Week 2
Students will reside in  Old Havana, with an estimated four days of production. The final days of the workshop will take place back at EICTV, for initial post-production (including translation).

Program Fee - $2,280Cuba3

Due September 30, 2017 - $500 Advance Payment + $25 application fee
Due November 1, 2017 - $1,780 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Shared apartment or campus housing
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily
  • On-site transportation
  • Airport transfer in Cuba
  • Emergency evacuation insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (estimated):

  • Round trip flight Philadelphia /Miami /Cuba ($500)
  • Passport ($135)
  • Visa ($75)
  • Spending money ($200)

More Information

  • A suggested flight itinerary will be provided. Students must book their own flight.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.