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GIE: Borders and Identities in Cuba
Havana, Cuba; Vinales, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Semester
Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Spring Semester
Areas of Study:
Business, Education, Global Studies, Health, Political Studies, Social Sciences
Program Type:
Global Intensive Experience
Language of Instruction:
Internships Available:
Graduate Courses Available:
GPA Requirement:
International Coordinator:
Natalie Coveyduck
College Sponsor:
The Colleges at Lake Havasu
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


Havana - Boats

Havana - Building

   Quick Facts

  • May 9 - 15, 2018

  • Experience Cuba as you meet artists, farmers, ecologists, civic & business leaders, and historians!

  • Visit two historic cities: Havana and Vinales.  

  • Take Salsa dancing lessons, have lunch at and a discussion with the owners of a Cuban Paladar, and tour Old Havana and the Havana Fortress System (a UNESCO world heritage site).

  • Learn more about the art scene in Havana by visiting the Cuban Art Museum, going to a ballet or other dance event, practicing your Salsa moves at Club 1830--a famous Havana spot known for its incredible live dancing, and hearing a lecture on Cuban music.

  • Stay in a centrally located hotel close to the Malacon and good, inexpensive restaurants

  • Open to sophmore students and above from all ASU campuses with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

  • Earn 3 credits of POS 394: Borders & Identity



Location Details

This historic capital is the heart of Cuba. While in Havana, we will visit the Jose Marti Memorial Plaza, the Cuban National Museum, the Catedral, Armas, San Francisco Vieja, Castillo de la Real Fuerza, the Alamar Agricultural Cooperative, and the University of Havana.

Lined with colorful colonial-era wooden houses, orchids and palms, Viñales serves as a gateway to the Sierra de los Organos mountains and the Viñales Valley. The valley's tall, steep-sided limestone hills, known as mogotes, draw rock climbers.

Visa Information

At the time of this update, U.S. citizens participating on this program will require a visa.  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

  • 2.5 GPA and above
  • Sophomore and above by the end of Fall 2017 (at least 24 successful college credits)
  • Application essay
  • No current academic probation or discipline issues


  • POS 394: Borders and Identity (3 credits)


Course Format

The first seven modules of this course will be taught as an I-Course (online). The I-Course will begin on March 12, 2018 and end on April 27th, 2018. The I-Course will be followed by an on-ground Cuba Study Abroad session that begins on May 9th, 2019 and ends on May 15th, 2018. POS 394 is a 3-credit course.

University of Havana


Faculty Director

Dr. Cristen Mann
Organizational Leadership & Business Communications Faculty
ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City
Office: Palo Verde Hall E116
Phone: 928-854-9701

Dr. Cristen Mann teaches Organizational Leadership, Business Communication and Communication courses.  Her research focuses on supporting and training faculty who teach in various modalities.  Her passion is connecting with the learner and providing the best preparation for doing that in both traditional and online environments.
She earned a BA in Communication from the University of Southern California, an MBA from the University of La Verne, and both her EdD in Organizational Leadership and MEd in Curriculum and  Technology from Grand Canyon University.  

Additional Faculty

Dr. Joshua Fishlock
Organizational Leadership & Business Communications Faculty
ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City
Office: Palo Verde Hall E116
Phone: 928-854-9701

Joshua Fishlock is a mass communication and media effects researcher lecturing for the Communication program at ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City.

Dr. Fishlock has been teaching Communication since 2008, at schools such as The University of Connecticut, The University of Rhode Island, and Rhode Island College. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Rhode Island, while his Ph.D. in Communication was earned at The University of Connecticut.

Cristen Mann

Dr. Cristen Mann

Cuba-Joshua Fishlock
Dr. Joshua Fishlock


Program Housing

Students will be staying in a centrally-located hotels in Havana and Vinales, which offer easy access to the stunning Malacon and surrounding inexpensive eateries.  Breakfasts will be included as part of the program. A fair amount of walking (moderate exercise) will be required during excursions. Private transport is provided between cities. 


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Hanvana at Night


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring 2018 is $2,955.

Program Fee includes: hotel accommodations, breakfasts, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation for program events, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Airfare to/from Havana, passport fees, most 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.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. 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.


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.


  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2017 09/25/2016
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2018 11/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission 05/09/2018 05/15/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed