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Program Description


Havana Capitol Plaza

Havana Side Street

On July 20, 2015, the United States restored diplomatic relations with Cuba, which were severed in 1961. A country with 11 million people and the Port of Havana only 200 nautical miles from the Port of Miami, Cuba provides students an opportunity to understand the business, political and economic systems of a country distinct from the U.S. As Cuba is a transitional economy, students will asses and understand the Cuban market’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats while also evaluating and identifying key attributes that will impact the country’s future market opportunities. There will also be opportunities to experience the rich culture that is Havana, Cuba’s political and economic capital.

Quick Facts

  • March 8 - March 15, 2020

  • Visit businesses and companies and learn about the unique Cuban economic and political context

  • Explore Havana and the rich Cuban culture through a variety of cultural excursions

  • Earn 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.


Havana Chinatown

Vinales Valley at Dawn

Location Details

Havana is the capital city and commercial center of Cuba. Experience the rich history and culture that this city has to offer, with everything from colonial buildings to fortresses to museums large and small encompassing everything from art to automobiles.

A few hours from Havana in western Cuba, the small town of Viñales serves as a gateway to the Sierra de los Órganos mountains and the Viñales Valley. Viñales Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known  for its unique limestone cliffs (mogotes) rising from the bottom of the valley and for the tobacco and other crops grown throughout the valley using mostly traditional agricultural techniques.  


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. U.S. citizens will need a visa for 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

  • This course is only open to students in W. P. Carey graduate programs

  • As part of the application, you will include a one-page resume and answers to two short essay questions


Students will register during the spring registration period for the following course :

  • MGT 591: Doing Business in Cuba (3 credits)

*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load. 

Course Format

The course work will primarily be based abroad during Spring Break 2020 (March 8 - March 15). There will be some pre-work involving readings, videos and a small group project to prepare for the Cuba business context, and post-work consisting of a reflection paper. 

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Faculty Director

Phil Drake
Clinical Professor/Faculty Director, Masters of Taxation and Masters of Accountancy
W. P. Carey School of Business


Havana older buildings


Men playing guitar

Program Housing

Accommodations will be in shared rooms, with breakfast provided daily.

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.

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 Spring Break 2020 is $3,835.

Program Fee includes: Housing in shared rooms, daily breakfast, most lunches and some dinners, company visits and cultural excursions, in-country transportation, ASU faculty/staff support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for 3 credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, some meals, 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 for This Program

  • GPSA Travel Funding

  • 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.