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Havana, Cuba - Spring Break, 2018

Students will participate in a half semester long pre-departure class, followed by one week of travel to Cuba during spring break March 10-18, 2018.

Overview

The decades-long travel ban to Cuba has finally been lifted. Today, there is a new, exciting potential that exists for business relationships between the US and Cuba.

Businesses from across the world are racing to the Caribbean island to cater to the millions of American tourists expected to travel there soon. Telecom firms and banks are taking steps towards operating in Cuba and should the embargo be fully lifted, it could mean thousands of jobs and millions in revenue for American businesses.

Our IBUS 244: International Management Practices course provides students the opportunity to experience the management practices and business environments in Cuban organizations.

Students will participate in a half semester long pre-departure class, followed by one week of travel to Cuba during spring break March 10-18, 2018. The pre-departure class will be held on Wednesday evenings from 8:10 – 10:40 p.m. on the following dates: TBD.

The travel component of the program consists of a series of meetings with managers and tours of companies across various industry sectors, engaged in interactive follow-up discussions to analyze the state of economic development in Cuba. The course enables you to fuse classroom learning with actual techniques used to compete in the global marketplace. The professor for this course, Heather Elms, is an Associate Professor of International Business.

Travel timeline

The Program will begin on March 10, at the meeting point of the group flight departure. Kogod will organize the group flight to and from Cuba, and all program participants will be required to take this flight. The program will conclude on March 19.

Itinerary and Housing

The group will depart for Havana, Cuba on Saturday, March 10.

While in Havana, students and staff will be staying in a Residencia. Breakfast and dinner will be provided. Previous Cuba company visits have included a tour of a local cigar factory, a visit to an agricultural cooperative/agribusiness micro-industry project, a meeting with officials from the Center to Promote External Trade and Foreign Investments from the Ministry of External Trade and Foreign Investment (MINCEX), and a visit a Veradero resort. While in Havana, the group will also have guest lectures from local experts and experience cultural events such as a Tropicana cabaret show or a local jazz concert.

Students will return to Washington, DC on Sunday, March 18.

REMINDER: All visits and activities are tentative and subject to change.

Credit Hours and Eligibility

This program is a 2-credit fall course (IBUS-244-001) and standard AU tuition applies. A 3-credit section of the course is also available (IBUS-244-002).

Cost

Students are responsible for the following costs of the program:

  • Tuition

    Costs for tuition are based on the number of credits, calculated per the tuition and fee schedule posted on the Student Accounts website.
  • Program Fee

    The program fee includes round-trip flights from Miami to Havana, double occupancy room, ground transportation as part of the program, company site visits, and meals and cultural activities as outlined on the program itinerary. This fee will be available when registration opens. Due to possible exchange rate fluctuations, the final program cost may need to be adjusted and will be confirmed 30–60 days in advance of departure. This program fee is billed to your Student Account, minus a $300 non-refundable deposit which is paid to AU through the Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs.
  • Travel

    Students are responsible for the reservation and payment of air travel to and from Miami, Florida. Flights between Miami and Havana are included in the price of the program.
  • Passport & Visa

    All students must have a valid Cuban academic visa in order to participate in this program. The Kogod School of Business will obtain this visa on behalf of all participants. PASSPORTS WILL BE COLLECTED IN EARLY JANUARY for visa processing. Passports must be valid at least until October 10, 2018. If your current passport is expired or is due to expire prior to October 10, 2018, you must obtain a new passport and have it in your possession by January 10, 2018. Please let KSB Global Learning know if your current passport is not valid or will expire before October 10, 2018.
  • Incidentals

    Expenses for shopping and personal activities, meals, and local transportation not included in the program itinerary are the student's responsibility. * Financial Aid: Students planning to use financial aid should consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine coverage and eligibility.

Registration

Registration for this program is not yet open, but will open in the fall semester. Registration for this course is limited, and is first come, first served. The course may fill before the registration deadline. 

If you are interested in the Cuba program and would like to be informed of updates, including having advance access to registration, please complete the program interest form.

Questions?

Contact the Office of Global Learning at (202) 885-1940 or email ksbabroad@american.edu.

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If you are interested in the Cuba program and would like to be informed of updates, including having advance access to registration, please complete the program interest form.

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