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

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 is Heather Elms, Associate Professor of International Business.

Travel Timeline

The Program will begin on March 10, at the meeting point of the group flight departure (either Miami or another city). 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, D.C. 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).

On-Campus Class Meeting Dates

On-campus class meeting dates will take place at 8:10p.m. on these dates: February 7, February 14, February 21, February 28 and April 4, 2017.


Students are responsible for the following costs of the program:

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

The $4200 program fee includes round-trip flights from Miami (or alternate departure city) 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.

Students are responsible for the reservation and payment of air travel to and from Miami, Florida (or alternate departure city). Flights between the departure city and Havana are included in the price of the program.

Students should not book flights to and from Miami until instructed to do so by KSB Global Learning, as the departure city may change based on flight availability. This information will be provided after registration has closed.

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.

Expenses for shopping and personal activities, meals, and local transportation not included in the program itinerary are the student's responsibility.

Students planning to use financial aid should consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine coverage and eligibility.


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):

  1. Complete the online registration form.
  2. Print and complete the program consent form.
  3. Print and complete the IBUS-244 program payment form.
  4. Photocopy the photo/biographical information page of your passport.
  5. Deliver items 2, 3, and 4 (along with a $300 non-refundable deposit) to the Kogod Office of Global Learning mailbox in KSB Room #106.

The deadline to register for this program is Friday, October 27.

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