Study Abroad

One Student’s Story


“Studying abroad is one of the best things a student can do, but it is especially enriching for history majors. When we study history, often we can develop tunnel vision on specific topics, but visiting the actual country provides real world context. In the modern digital age, we are able to google monuments and cathedrals to see what they look like, but still nothing compares to seeing them in person. On my spring break trip called ‘Spain: A Medieval Pilgrimage’ with Dr. Allen Fromherz, our group had the opportunity to study the history of the Camino de Santiago while traveling along the route. It was such an amazing experience to be able to visit the cathedrals, churches, and other monuments and analyze details that could have been missed had we studied them from a book back in Atlanta. Due to the fast pace of our trip we were able to visit many cities including Burgos, Leon, Santiago de Compostela, Zamora, and finally Madrid. Also, because our group was small, we got to know each other very well and had the chance to have great discussions together about history as well as the culture of Spain. Overall, travelling to Spain was beneficial for both my life and my education. To any student considering study abroad, I highly recommend it because the benefits will stay with you forever.”

— Samantha Harvel

Rome: Marvels of Ancient and Medieval Italy, with Dr. Allen FromherzEventually “all roads lead to Rome” but many roads also led out of Rome – all the way to some of the most familiar parts of our daily life and culture. From our home base in the vibrant Campo de Fiori we will study not only the history, architecture and art of Republican and Imperial Rome but also the long-term historical legacy of this world capital. Learn more about this Study Abroad opportunity by clicking here.

China Study Abroad (USG, Asia Council, General Studies Program), May 8 – June 5, 2016. Students will visit 7 Chinese cities (including Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai), see numerous World Heritage sites, earn 6 credit hours from a choice of 13 courses taught by seven USG professors.  Knowledge of Chinese is not needed. The cost for 28 days is $3,850 (including round-trip airfare, hotels, meals, visa application fee, etc.; does not include tuition or pocket money). For more information or to apply, click here. For any questions, contact Dr. Douglas Reynolds at

Landscapes of Memory: History, Culture, and Historic Preservation in Cuba offers an exciting 14-day study abroad experience in the “Pearl of the Antilles,” as it has been called. The program is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the history and culture of Cuba, and how the country is working to preserve its historic sites, parks and cultural landscapes, and interpret the history of Cuba to its citizens and international visitors.  The program will consider the ways in which history is selectively remembered, preserved and presented to the public. Students will develop skills in combining and communicating the results of field experiences and research. Visits to historic sites, parks, places of memory, museums, and cultural landscapes will be interspersed with lectures and discussion led by the instructors and local experts in the field.

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We will visit:

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  • Havana, whose vibrant neighborhoods stretch westward in a chronological parade of architectural exuberance. The political and economic climate of the last 50 years has spared 400 years of urban fabric from the modern-day ravages of freeway construction and urban renewal.
  • Cienfuegos, called “The Pearl of the South,” a 19th Century coastal city designed in a grid pattern with the Malecón running along the water.
  • Trinidad, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the number of architectural and historical sites that have been virtually untouched by the last two centuries.
  • Santa Clara, the capital city of the Cuban province of Villa Clara. This important industrial town, central to the province and country, set the stage for Che Guevara’s final battle against Batista and retains many sites associated with the Rebel Army, including the gravesite of Che.
  • Pinar del Río, a province of Cuba where tobacco and sugarcane are still grown today. The natural resources of Cuba abound in the UNESCO designated biosphere reserve, Valle de Viñales. We will also be visiting the city of Pinar del Río, which boasts many neoclassical buildings with decorative art nouveau frontages.Application Deadline: January 31, 2016

Eligibility: The program is offered to all students at the graduate level and upper division undergraduates may take the course with instructor approval. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

**Due to the popularity of this program, priority acceptance will be given to students, faculty, staff and other members of the Georgia State University community. Others will be assigned to the waiting list and accepted as space permits.**

*International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at 404-413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.

Courses and Credit: All students participating must register for either the graduate or undergraduate course. Students wishing to receive academic credit at the graduate level will register for HIST 8660, Case Studies in International Preservation, for Maymester 2015 term, and undergraduates will register for HIST 4345.  All participants will attend an orientation session on Saturday morning, March 26, 2016, at Georgia State University. Course credit will be 4 semester hours. Students from other institutions should follow their school’s regulations concerning transfer credits.

Accommodations: Participants will stay in high-quality local hotel accommodations (Three- and Four-Star Hotels) throughout the various regions of Cuba.

Disability Accommodations: Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.

Tentative Itinerary: 

March 28 Mandatory trip orientation meeting at GSU

May 4  Depart Atlanta to Miami. Arrive In Miami on your own.

May 5  Depart Miami to Havana.

May 6-12 Explore Havana’s neighborhoods and its significant historical sites. Excursions include guided walking tours of Havana Vieja, the fortresses Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro and Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabaña, and the many historic plazas. Visit the Office of the Historian, the Museum of the Revolution, Hotel Sevilla, Hotel Inglaterra, Bacardi Building, the Capitolio, and the Grand Theater, among others.  Revolution Square, the José Martí Memorial Museum, and the Colón Cemetery are other highlights. There will also be free time.

May 13 Tour Cienfuegos, including the Paseo del Prado and the Malecón; then head to Punta Gorda, the city’s old upper-class neighborhood, and later tour several of Cienfuegos’s cemeteries. Other stops include Parque José Martí, Teatro Tomás Terry, and the Casa de la Cultura Benjamin Duarte.

May 14 Spend one day in Trinidad, with a visit to the Museo de Arquitectura Trinitaria and a stop in the Plaza Santa Ana.

May 15  Spend the day in Santa Clara including visits to the Palacio Provincial and the Hotel Santa Clara Libra; also stroll through El Bulevar and Tren Blindao and end tour at the Plaza de la Revolucion.

May 16-17 Visit Pinar del Rio including the Sierra del Rosarios Biosphere Reserve, Teatro Jose, Jacinto Milanes, the cities of Pinar del Rio and Viñales and Las Terrazas.

May 18  Free day in Havana.

May 19  Depart Havana to Miami. Depart Miami to Atlanta.

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Costs: Program costs may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The cost is TBA, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost. Please see the Tuition Rates for GSU.

*Program fee includes
• Charter flight from Miami to Havana and return flight from Havana to Miami
• Hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy; single occupancy request will require additional charges)
• All ground transportation, excursions, and entrance fees
• Educational lectures and cultural events
• Some meals
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation Insurance

**Program fee does NOT include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Transportation from Atlanta to Miami and Miami to Atlanta
• Personal expenses
• Passport
• Excess baggage charges and tips

Payment Schedule:
January 31 2016 – $1000 deposit with application
Remaining balance due in two equal installments on or before February 26 and March 19, 2015.
(The deposit is non-refundable after February 6.)

Funding and Scholarships:
Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit under the Programs tab and submit application to the Program Director.
Transient Students: please see Transient Student page at

Contact: Richard Laub, Heritage Preservation Program, Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences
Phone: 404-413-6365
Office: 25 Park Place, 21st floor