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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Faculty-led
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Cuba in Transition

This study abroad program will allow students the possibility to explore Cuba in a moment of transition. Cuba's unique political and economic history has long made it the subject of intense intellectual debate. The recent announcement of a "normalization" of relations between the US and Cuba and the subsequent reopening of embassies have Cubans, along with the rest of the world, creating expectations about what changes the future will bring. The program is centered in the city of Havana, designated a UNSCO World Heritage site in 1982, and will also include travel to other cultural patrimony sites. Throughout the program, we will think through the heterogeneous ways in which Cubans narrate their own history, challenges, and triumphs, as well as how the foreign gaze has contributed to their reframing.  The program will be conducted in English, knowledge of Spanish is useful but not required.

Program Details

Seeking Credits for the Following:

  • Global Affairs (GLOA) 480: Study Abroad
  • Anthropology (ANTH) 398: Study Abroad
  • Government (GOVT) 398: Study Abroad
  • Economics (ECON) 492: Study Abroad
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution (CONF) 385: International Field Experience
  • New Century Learning College (NCLC) 399: Study Abroad
  • History (HIST) 398: Historical Study Abroad
  • Honors (HNRS) 240: Reading the Past


This program is open to all undergraduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University


Double or triple occupancy rooms in guest house.

Program Cost (Summer 2016): $5632

  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Accommodations (including first night in Miami)
  • Most in-country transportation
  • Lectures
  • Round trip airfare from Miami to Havana
  • Two meals per day (breakfast and dinner)
  • Visa
  • Excursion to Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad
  • Day-trip to Varadero Beach
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • International Travel Insurance
Not Included:
  • Airfare to Miami
  • Other transportation
  • Lunches
  • Personal spending
  • Optional excursions and performances

Program Itinerary*

2016 Cuba Syllabus (Draft)

*Instructor reserves the right to modify the course schedule as needed

Contact Information

Program Officer

Denise Elles-Mdahuar

Academic Director

Jennifer Ashley

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.