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Program Description




Immerse yourself in the incredible culture and art that Havana has to offer during this Winter Break program to Cuba. Visit museums, learn about Cuban culture from local professors, experience Cuban art, dance, and music, and discover more about the world-renowned Cuban healthcare system. Engage even more deeply by staying with Cuban families in homestays to get a first-hand experience of present-day Cuban life.

Quick Facts

  • December 27, 2019 - January 6, 2020

  • Visit and tour historic sites in Havana: Old Havana and Havana Fortress System (a UNESCO world heritage site)

  • Experience Cuban art, dance and music

  • Visit museums

  • Learn about Cuban culture from local professors

  • Visit and learn about the Cuban healthcare system

  • Stay with Cuban families in Casa Particulares and experience present-day Cuban life

  • Open to students with a 2.0 GPA

  • Earn 1 - 3 credits

    Application Requirements

    To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.

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Old Town Havana

Location Details

The capital of Cuba, Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean and one of the most culturally rich urban centers in the world. The city’s appreciation of its glorious colonial past is on display at an array of castles, cathedrals, mansions, and museums. We will visit the Revolution Museum, a Jazz Club, the Fortress System, and Artecorte.  We will tour Old Havana and partake in music, art, and possibly, a baseball game.  We will also take an excursion to Alamar, a co-operative that produces organic vegetables and medicinal plants.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • GPA of 2.0


Students will register during the Spring registration period for one of the following two courses: 
  • OGL 365: Cuba: Past, Present, & Future (3 credits)*
  • IDS 499: Individualized Instruction (1-3 credits)*
*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load.  If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.   

Course Format

The course will start with the abroad portion in Havana, Cuba, and then will continue as a Spring Session A course with discussion revolving around reading materials and experiences while in Cuba. 


Faculty Director

Dr. Bruce Oberstein
Professor of Practice
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Office: USE 226, Tempe campus
Phone: 480-965-1293

Dr. Bruce Oberstein is in the Faculty of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies.  He has led study abroad programs in Nicaragua (2 times), Dominican Republic (2 times), Cuba (2 times), and Belize.

Dr. Dulce Estevez
School of International Letters and Cultures
Office:  LL 173 O, Tempe campus
Phone: 480-965-6281

Dr. Bruce Oberstein




Program Housing

Students will stay in Cuban homestays (Casa Particulares) during their time in Havana.  Breakfast and dinner will be provided daily throughout the program.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Cuba, individuals with mobility disabilities will find accessibility of buildings and transportation limited. Most roads and sidewalks are poorly maintained and present mobility challenges.  The Cuban organization for the physically disabled, ACLIFIM, is located on Ermita Street in Havana. Cubans are working to improve accessibility, albeit lack of funding and resources has slowed progress. The depressed economy impacts all levels of daily life in Cuba, creating a well-developed philosophy of solidarity. This solidarity personifies an ethic and practice of lending assistance when needed.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Cuba, there are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTQIA events, but same-sex marriage is not legally recognized.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Cuba, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Pre-Spring 2020 is $2,905.

Program Fee includes: Housing, daily breakfast and dinner, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the three-credit program, airfare, passport & visa fees, daily lunches, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.