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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Spring Break in Cuba:
Documentary Film Production


Program OverviewICA Cuba News Article

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!

Drexel makes the news in Aruba! The Spring Break 2019 group was featured is several news sources highlighting the program (image right).


Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for FMVD T280 Cuban Documentary Workshop, 3 credits as part of their spring term course load. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their credit load when registering or will be billed for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum.

Pre-requisite: FMVD 220 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: March 13, 2022*
Departure Date: March 27, 2022
*Students must arrange for early winter term exams in order to participate. 

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 - $2,480

Due November 15, 2021 - $500 Advance Payment + $25 application fee


Due January 15, 2022 - $1,980 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
  • On Call Emergency Assistance insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (estimated):

  • Round trip flight Philadelphia /Miami /Cuba ($600)
  • Passport ($140)
  • Visa ($100)
  • Spending money ($200)
ICA Financial Aid: Students may request an Adjusted Cost of Attendance by submitting the ICA program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses listed above to Drexel Central (via askdrexel). Doing so could make students eligible for additional financial aid.  Students may also be eligible to apply for Drexel's ICA Scholarships.

More Information

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

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 11/15/2021 11/29/2021 03/13/2022 03/27/2022