Application Deadline & Fee

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Program Dates

June 23 - July 16, 2018 (3 weeks)


Program Details

Students on this educational program to Cuba so that the students can experience first-hand a culture, society, and political system that is very different from the one they know. Students will see the blending of African traditions with Spanish traditions, an experiment in a unique, Cuban political system, and a life style that is non-materialistic . It is an exploration into a different society and into the student's own identity.

The program is sponsored by Peace and Justice Studies and the History and Political Science Department with four primary goals.

  • First it w ill provide students with an exposure to life, culture, politics, and history of Cuba . Cuba is selected because of the important ways it is distinct from the experiences of most of our students. We will study under faculty of the University of Havana , with one course offering credit at the University of Havana. We will live with Cuban families .
  • Second, it will provide some scholars and citizens of Cuba with an opportunity to become acquainted on a face-to-face basis with students from the United States and Utah . Our past experience indicates that we create close connections with Cuban scholars and citizens. Our students are excellent examples of the positive side of the United States.
  • Third, students will engage in activities with Cubans In community gardens, health care facilities, schools , and NGO 's to learn about their activities and support them.
  • Fourth, it will provide students with experiences that can be used in evaluating their own life plans and styles , in enriching their academic development, in preparations for graduate school , and in providing them with skills to be represented in their resumes and work skills

Program Sites:

Havana, with side-trips to locations of interest outside of Havana (including Santa Clara, Trinidad, and Playa Giron)

Anticipated Curriculum

*Students are expected to enroll in one or two courses for this study abroad.

HIST 290R History of Cuba
(Dean and/or Department Chair approval)

POLS 230G Political Theory
(None Listed)

PJST 3300 Community Building in Cuba
(Prerequisite - PJST 3000 and UAS*)

PJST 475R Topics in Peace Studies in Cuba
(Prerequisite -PHIL 2050, Junior Standing and UAS*)

*University Advanced Standing - 24 credits completed, GPA 2.0 or higher MAT 1030 and ENGL 2010 or equivalent.

Program Requirements*

Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

Minimum G.P.A.: 2.0

Physical requirements: Walking to class & around the city in the heat. Sitting in 3 hour lectures. Tropical heat & humidity.

*Accessibility services vary from country to country. Contact the Office of Global Engagement if you require such services.

Estimated Program Fee*

The program fee covers Salt Lake City to Havana round trip airfare, housing, breakfasts and dinners in Havana, course instruction and texts, visa, in-country transportation, international health insurance.


*This cost is tentative and based on the current exchange rate and program plans. This cost may be updated due to exchange-rate fluctuations or program changes.

Additional Estimated Costs

UVU tuition ($165 per credit hour)
Lunches in Havana (approx $300)
Discretionary spending (approx $300)
Passport (approx $135)
All students are required to pay a $75 application fee for all Study Abroad programs.

Tuition Waivers

Please contact the UVU Benefits Office for more information. In certain instances, tuition waivers may not apply for an international program.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Pell Grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Applicant must have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (BA 105) and complete all necessary application forms for financial aid.

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Travel Report

Students are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department’s country information webpage for the most up-to-date information on travel advisories, entry, exit, and visa requirements, safety, security, health, and other important travel factors.