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Program Description

This program is not running for Spring-Break 2019, and program information for Spring Break 2020 is not yet available.
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Learn about Cuban culture and explore the framework of a circular economy during a week in exotic Havana, Cuba. Visit organic gardens, a coffee plantation, and Fusterlandia and spend a day volunteering in the Mariano neighborhood. See firsthand the impacts of tourism and reflect on these discoveries as you and your classmates strive to develop solutions to challenges the Cuban people are facing as a result of the influx of tourism.

Quick Facts

  • March 3 - March 11, 2018

  • Stay in exotic Havana, Cuba

  • Partnership with CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange)

  • Learn and apply strategies of Sustainability, Circular Economy, Tourism, Latin America Studies and Social Sciences

  • Earn 3 credits

Space is limited – apply early to experience this quaint island nation before its transition to full modernization

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 Window View

Location Details

One of the most culturally-rich capital cities in the world, Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean.  Castles, cathedrals, mansions, museums, and more than 900 landmarks embody its rich history of Aboriginal groups, Spaniards, and Soviet Union rule. The Parque Histórica Militar Morro-Cabaña commemorates the end of day the old-fashioned way: closing the old city gates while firing a single canon shot. Cubans love music and celebrate song and dance in clubs, cabarets, and impromptu street-side salsas.  Experience this old-world charm before the transition to modernization.   

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

To participate in this Global Sustainability Studies Program, you must meet the following requirements: 

Undergraduates must*

  • have a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • be in good standing in their program

Note: Graduate students will be selected based on merit of application. School of Sustainability graduate students will be given priority placement should a program be over-enrolled.

*Students that do not meet the listed qualifications may be considered on an individual basis, if space is available.  Please speak to the faculty directors for more information.


Students will register for the following courses during the Spring registration period. Both courses are 3 credits.
  • SOS 494/598 - Cuba Unlocked and On the Edge of Rapid Transitions (3 credits)

Course Format

Students will learn about the Cuban culture and framework of a circular economy through online readings and quizzes during the first 7 weeks of the course (January 8 - March 2).  Students will then participate in the immersive in Cuba (March 3 - March 11).  Finally, upon return, students will complete a reflections/recommendations paper to complete their 3 credits (March 11 - April 3).
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Havana Plaza


Faculty Director

Brigitte Bavousett
Brigitte Bavousett taught the Cuba Unlocked program during Spring Break 2017 and is the "first-ever" graduate with a degree in Sustainability, earning her Masters at the ASU School of Sustainability in 2008.  She served as President of the ASU School of Sustainability Alumni Chapter 2010-2011.  Brigitte has been teaching SOS 100 and SOS 300 at ASU since 2011, and Sustainable Cities at MCC since 2010.  In 1992, Brigitte founded a 501(c)3 international cultural exchange program and spent six years touring former Soviet Union countries to promote cultural awareness and understanding.  She lived in southern Florida for five years, experiencing the challenges within the Cuban American community. Brigitte currently works at the ASU School of Sustainability in Outreach and Relations. 
Phone: 480-965-5133

Additional Staff

Arina Melkozernova
Arina Melkozernova has ten years of increasingly responsible positions in higher education setting, in multimedia production, e-learning and curricular development involving a professional growth in media, web based technology, and active artistic collaborations with a record of national and international recognition. She is also tri-lingual: fluent in English and Russian and with basic conversation skills in French.
Phone: 480-965-0987

Cuba - Brigitte Bavousett

Arina Melkozernova


Homestay Dinner

Program Housing

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


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.

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.

Havana - Car


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring Break 2018 is $2,665.

Program Fee includes: visa processing, student housing in casa particulares, breakfast and dinner daily, orientation activities, site visits and cultural events, ASU faculty support, in-country transportation, some meals, and international health insurance. Not included: ASU student fees, airfare, passport, some meals, internet access fees independent travel, and personal expenses.

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

  • The School of Sustainability is offering scholarships to confirmed program participants. 
  • 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

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.