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. Change is coming and the government expects the economy to grow by 4% this year. 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 Miami and Cuba during the first week of January. The pre-departure class will be held on Wednesday evenings from 8:10 – 10:40 p.m. on the following dates: November 4, 11, 18, and December 2.
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.
The program will begin on the morning of Sunday, January 3 in the program hotel in Miami, Florida. Students are expected to arrive in Miami on the evening of Saturday, January 2 (hotel that evening will be provided). Information on airport transfer will be given to students before booking flights. Those arriving early will be responsible for arranging their own airport transfer and additional nights in the hotel. The program will conclude on the morning of Saturday, January 9.
Please note, students will be responsible for reserving and purchasing their own airfare to and from Miami, and may choose to arrive early or stay later for personal travel in the region.
Students are responsible for reserving and purchasing their own airfare to and from Miami. Roundtrip airfare between Miami and Havana is included in the cost of the trip and all reservations will be taken care of by the Global Learning Office. For flights, students should look to purchase tickets that arrive in Miami on Saturday, January 2 in the evening and depart from Miami on Saturday, January 9 after breakfast.
Itinerary and Housing
Student should arrive in Miami by Saturday, January 2 in the evening. The group will depart for Havana, Cuba on Sunday, January 3.
While in Havana, students and staff will be staying in a Residencia. Breakfast and dinner will be provided. Tentatively planned company visits include 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 nearby 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 Miami on Thursday, January 7. Site visits in Miami will be conducted on Friday, January 8 and the program will conclude in the morning of Saturday, January 9.
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).
Honors Program participants seeking upper-level Honors credit should register for IBUS-390 using the Registrar’s Office independent study form. The project title on the form should be listed as US-Cuba Business Practices. This course will be worth 3 credits. Faculty and staff signatures on the Independent study form will be obtained on your behalf.
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 $2,650 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. 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 OCTOBER for visa processing. Passports must be valid at least until July 10, 2016. If your current passport is expired or is due to expire prior to July 10, 2016, you must obtain a new passport and have it in your possession by September 25, 2015. Please let KSB Global Learning know if your current passport is not valid or will expire before July 2016.
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 AU Financial Aid office to determine coverage and eligibility.
The deadline to register for this program is Monday, September 14. Registration for this course is limited, and is first come, first served. The course may fill before the registration deadline.
To reserve your spot, please complete the registration process (steps 1-5 below):
Photocopy the photo/biographical information page of your passport.
Deliver items 2, 3, and 4 (along with a $300 non-refundable deposit) to the Kogod Office of Global Learning mailbox in KSB 106.
Once your deposit and paperwork have been received, you will be registered for either IBUS-244-001 (2 credits) or IBUS-244-002 (3 credits) based on your online registration form. You will not register yourself. Once registered, your student account will be charged for the balance of the program fee.