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Urban Planning STUDY ABROAD to Cuba

Thursday, September 01, 2016  
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Urban Planning STUDY ABROAD to Cuba

Application Deadline October 1

Undergraduate or Graduate credit in Urban Planning or Urban Studies (3 credits)

This 9-day in-country experience is taught by Michael Martin, Ph.D. in Urban Studies with a focus on Latino cities. He has been an adjunct professor since 2003. I have a keen interest in the community development in all shapes and forms. The City of Havana offers a wealth of ideas for planners that are interested in sustainable tourism, historic preservation, citizen involvement and participation, and urban gardening.

Here are some local examples of local media coverage of past trips and Cuba:

The course is URBPLAN/URBAN STUDIES 297/497/797 U/G - Credits: 3 and is scheduled to run from 1/9/2017 -1/18/17. The emphasis of the course is urban agriculture, historic preservation and urban re-development but can be amended based on student interest. We will have opportunities to interact with high level professionals and professors and will take an in-country trip to Vinales. As with everything in Cuba, the itinerary and arrangements will change but this this the general thrust of the course. If you have other Cuban/Havana interests let Michael know we can be flexible. The cost of the trip varies depending on the program agenda, transportation costs and the number of students going (the more students the cheaper the rate). In the end, the price will be extremely reasonable considering you get 3 credits, many expenses paid for and the trip of a lifetime!

There are a limited number of slots and the deadline for Registration is October 1st. This is a solid deadline. The UW-M Study Abroad Office needs to have this application process completed (along with deposit) before you can be accepted for the trip. For those of you unfamiliar with the UW-M Study Abroad program, it is run by the Center for International Education (CIE). CIE takes care of a larger portion of the bureaucratic and academic details and is a major player in the success of the trip. Our contact is Megan Bollen. Her contact information is on the application. If you have questions about the application process Megan can help..she is great! The application can be found at:

If you are not a UWM student you will need to apply as a special student through the UWM system. This application is necessary to complete before the application is finalized. The process of transferring credits is complicated so please make sure you understand if a transfer can apply:

Contact the instructor, Michael Martin at
Michael Martin, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning Lecturer at the Center for Latin American Caribbean and U.S. Latinos University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


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