This course provides students with both a background to Cuba’s economic situation (from the 1959 Cuban Revolution to the present) as well as an on-the-ground look at the country’s emerging economic transition in the context of globalization. We will pay special attention to economic reform in Cuba surrounding the economic crisis of the 1990s using texts, tools, and methodologies from across the social sciences. The goal of the course is to equip participants with a well-rounded set of analytical tools that help them assess both Cuba’s economic situation in the 21st century as well as the scope and effectiveness of recent economic reforms the country has undertaken. This course offers students an intellectually stimulating, innovative, and diverse program of study in a safe environment, with maximum exposure to the economic, cultural, and political life of contemporary Cuba. The structure of this program revolves around guest lectures at Cuba’s premier academic institutions, class meetings, and relevant site visits.
Global Affairs (GLOA) 480: Study Abroad
Economics (ECON) 492: Study Abroad
Government (GOVT) 398: Study Abroad
Global Affairs (GLOA) 710: Seminar Abroad (only available for George Mason University students currently enrolled in the Masters in Global Affairs program)
Conflict Analysis (CONF) 695: Selected Topics
This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Application Checklist
Double or triple occupancy in hotels/group housing.
Program Cost (Winter 2017): $4640
Round trip airfare from DC-Havana
Tuition (3 credits)
Accommodation in Havana
In-country transportation for program activities
Most meals (breakfast and dinner daily and additional meals as outlined below)
Local, English-speaking guide
International Emergency Insurance
Group arrives in Havana.
Tour of Old Havana.
Morning seminar: "The Economic Dynamic and Transformation Process in Cuba". Afternoon meeting with students from the University of Havana.
Morning seminar on the "Current Cuban Foreign Trade: Obstacles and Perspectives". Afternoon visit to an agricultural micro-industry Project The Organoponic Urban Cooperative in Alamar, Habana del Este.
Morning seminar: "External Finance in Cuba: External Debt and the Access to Multilateral Resources". Afternoon meeting with officials from the Cuban National Economist Association’ Consulting Firm (CANEC). Evening: El cañonazo de las nueve. San Cristobal de La Cabana Fortress.
Morning seminar: "Foreign Direct Investments in Cuba: Current Trends and Perspectives". Afternoon meeting in PROCuba, Center for Promoting Foreign Trade and Investment.
Morning seminar: "Political System in Cuba: keeping the consensus". Afternoon meeting with a group of students from the Higher Institute for International Relations (Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales - ISRI).
Day trip to Guanabo Beach.
Day trip to Las Terrazas.
Morning Seminar: ‘’ Equity and Development: opportunities and challenges for Cuba’’. Afternoon visit to the Center for the Study of Cuban Youth.
Morning Seminar: “Social transformations: impact in the social relations”. Afternoon meeting and debate with a specialist on current Cuban policy on sexual diversity (CENESEX).
Morning Seminar: “Cuban economic relations with Latin American and Caribbean nations”. Afternoon visit and lunch at a “Cuban paladar”.
Morning Seminar: "Cuban external relations: the role of China, Russia and European Union". Afternoon visit to the community integral transformation project, People’s Council “Principe”, Revolution Square.
Morning Seminar: “Cuba – USA relations: current status and perspectives”. Farewell dinner at CIEI. Professors, students, and directors from University of Havana will join the party.
Depart for the U.S.
*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.