Professor of Education Michael James will lead the first SATA Cuba/Mexico program in the Fall of 2016. 

The program will be evenly divided between Cuba and Mexico. The first eight weeks will be in Havana, Cuba. The next eight weeks will be in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. The host institution in Cuba will be the Centro Memorial Martin Luther King, Jr. (‘MLK Center’). The host institution in Chiapas will be the Mexico Solidarity Network (‘MSN’). 

The intention is to study a broadly conceived understanding of revolution from two very different ideological perspectives, hence the semester being split between two countries. Students will study how these different organizational structures operate. 

Housing and Cultural Immersion

Cuba Housing:

While in Havana, our students will be housed with local families. Home stay families are located within walking distance of the MLK Center in the Marianao neighborhood, one of Havana’s oldest Afro-Cuban barrios. One or two students are housed per family, allowing for excellent exposure to Cuban daily life and an unprecedented opportunity to improve language skills. 

Mexico Housing:

While in Chiapas students will stay at the MSN house, a lovely colonial two-story home that can comfortably sleep 25 students.


The SATA Cuba/Mexico program will offer four required courses:

  • Cuba and the Americas
  • ED350: Education and the Revolutionary Project in Latin America
  • Spanish Language
  • Theory and Practice of Mexican Social Movements

Information Sessions/Film and Speaker Series

Attend one or all of the upcoming informational meetings. This film and speaker series will highlight the Fall'16 SATA Cuba/Mexico program. 

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 7 PM - Johnson Living Room. Film: To Dance Like a Man - Identical triplets Angel, Cesar and Marcos , age 11, are passionate about becoming ballet dancers and they all want the same thing: to be picked for a role in an important ballet in Havana, Cuba. Filmaker Sylvie Collier was granted extraordinary access inside the ballet school and at home with the triplets. Her film offers a rare perspective on what it takes to achieve professional success in the context of Cuba's surprising international impact in developing great dancers.
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 7 PM - Johnson living Room. Film: Which Way Home - A feature documentary that follows unaccompanied child migrants on their journey through Mexico as they try to reach the United States. 


Similar to Connecticut College's academic schedule, the program will begin late August and will continue until mid-December. Several orientations will be conducted, in addition to the mandatory pre-departure meeting.

As with all SATA programs, student's financial arrangements and obligations, including the comprehensive fee and financial aid, remain the same as if the student were staying at Connecticut College for the semester. The SATA Cuba/Mexico program includes round-trip international airfare, room and board and all group field trips.

Connecticut College students interested in SATA Cuba/Mexico should contact Professor James and the Office of Study Away.