Jordan Snodgrass ~
San Antonio de Los Baños: an international 3-year school of television and film that receives approximately 400 applicants every year and only accepts 40 of these students per class. The school was a donation from the government in hopes to create an environment for young Cubans between the ages of 22 and 29 to Currently, there are 120 students from 36 different countries enrolled in the university (1). The tuition for the whole 3 years is 15,000 euros including accommodation and food for students that are not from Cuba. Though, students from Cuba do not have to pay for their college education. When I found out about the little to no cost, I was curious if the students would take the university for granted. However, this was not the case.
It was apparent by the smiles on the students’ faces during the tour that they were all so devoted to their schoolwork. Another indicator of how passionate the students are is the graffiti room in the school. The graffiti room is a free space for students to write whatever they want to on the walls. Most of the wall is covered with inspirational quotes. There are also quotes on the wall from famous visitors such as Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. Other visitors and guest speakers teach classes from Cuba, Latin America, and Europe, many of who fly in regularly just to teach their sections. With a diverse group of professors educating fervent students, it was inevitable that the school became as successful and well known around the world as it is.
(1). Alcalá, Victoria. “Cuba’s International School of Cinema, Guide to the Best in Cuban Cinema General, Cuba Absolutely.” Cuba’s International School of Cinema. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2016. <http://www.lahabana.com/Culture/article_cinegeneral.php?id=Rafael-Rosal-Paz>.