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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Costs: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-led GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Mikaela Terry Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Communication
Program Description:

Photography in Cuba
Havana, Cuba
Friday, January 4th departure date and first day of course
January 4th, 2019 – January 11th, 2019 Field work in Cuba
Associate Professor Laura L. Camden


Cuba - Trinidad - Camden

Program Information

Professor Camden and students will go to Havana, Cuba where they will complete three credits of JLS 483 (3 credits) or JLS 408 (3 credits). There, students will have the rare opportunity to engage with the Cuban people and discover and explore the country’s cultural diversity and physical beauty through their cameras and journalism skills. In particular, students will be reporting during a historic time as Cuban and American relations are being reestablished and Cuban culture is changing.

The program will utilize the captivating city of Havana as a springboard for developing a portfolio with an international perspective.The organized journey will allow students to interview in-depth and report stories of Cubans at the historic sites and cultural centers of Havana, as well as nearby neighborhoods and towns to discover the authentic Cuba that lies beneath the tourist veil.  

Course Information

JLS 483: Photojournalism Special Topics - International Journalism Storytelling (3 hours of credit) 
This special reporting topics course will focus on the critical examination and practice of international journalism. Students will work on multimedia projects that incorporate photo, video, audio, and social media in addition to a substantial amount of written reporting work while abroad in Havana, Cuba.

JLS 408: Field Work Experience (3 hours of credit)
Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. To be determined by Professor Laura L. Camden and student enrolled. This will be a highly-personalized plan of study to produce long-form photojournalism multimedia projects while immersed in a foreign culture.

Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Good Academic Standing
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • JLS 131 OR Instructor Consent
  • A statement of purpose that addresses any relevant experience in photography/video/writing (multimedia) and a portfolio (website address preferred) - Given directly to Professor Camden



Instruction will be provided by Laura L. Camden. She is an associate professor at Northern Arizona University (NAU), where she teaches courses in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. She has been a professional photojournalist for the past 20 years, covering such events as the 2000 presidential campaign of George W. Bush for Reuters News Pictures in Washington, DC. 

Before coming to NAU, she taught photojournalism at the University of Montana and the University of Texas at Austin. Laura completed a documentary project based on fieldwork that she and her students conducted at the Mainpat Tibetan Refugee Settlement in northern India in December 2012.

She recently taught abroad for a semester at the University of Wollongong in NSW, Australia, where she helped set up a faculty and student journalism exchange program. She has led study abroad programs in Spain and Cuba.

To view her website please visit: 

Activities and Excursions for Cross-Cultural Experiences


Given the nature of photojournalism and the projects the student journalists will be working on, they will be interacting with people from the host country (Cuba). In addition to our fieldwork, we will be visiting such sites as museums, parks in and outside of Havana. The students will also have an opportunity to experience the local culture through their opportunities to travel on the weekend.


Photojournalism Fieldwork and International Reporting
Program Dates: Depart Friday, January4th- Return Friday, January 11th, 2019 Fieldwork
Post-production January 14th-25th
Students can either make flight arrangements on their own or fly with faculty program leader on Friday, January 4th from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport.

Jan. 4th, Fri.                  Depart for Havana; settle into rooms; walking tour of the city, group dinner
Jan. 5th, Sat                 First class 9-11:15, 11:45-2:00 or Fieldwork
Jan. 6th Sun                 Class 9-11:15, 11:45-2:00 or Fieldwork
Jan. 7th Mon                 Class 9-11:15, 11:45-2:00 or Fieldwork
Jan. 8th Tues               Class 9-11:15, 11:45-2:00 or Fieldwork
Jan. 9th Wed               Class 9-11:15, 11:45-2:00 or Fieldwork
Jan. 10th Thur              Last day of class, wrap-up and reflections; On your own start packing, prepare for flight to home
Jan. 11th Fri                  Fly back to the U.S.    
Upon return itinerary in the United States (self-directed) two weeks
Jan. 14th Mon              Post-production editing online (FIRST DAY OF SPRING SEMESTER)
Jan. 15th Tues              Post-production editing online
Jan 16th Wed               Post-production editing online
Jan 17th Thurs              Post-production editing online
Jan 18th Fri                   Post-production editing online
Jan. 21st Mon               MLK Holiday
Jan. 22nd Tues             Editing and post production workflow online
Jan. 23rdWed               Critique Final Projects online  
Jan. 24thThur               Critique Final Projects online
Jan. 25thFri                   Final Projects DUE online; reflections and group discussion (public exhibition planning)    


Students will be staying as a group in a Colonial House built in 1904 in the famous Vedado neighborhood in Havana. 


$2250 not including flights, visa or meals while on the program. 

How to Apply

To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once you start an application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100, so be sure at the time of application that you intend to go! Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application.

If you are curious about this program but are not ready to apply, click on “Request an Appointment or Information" to meet with the study abroad advisor for this program.


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.