Application Deadline & Fee

February 15, 2019; $75 

Program Dates

June 22 - July 15, 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 two courses for this study abroad.

HIST 290R Independent Study
Prerequisite(s): Dean and/or Department Chair approval

POLS 230G Introduction to Political Theory
Prerequisite(s): None Listed

PJST 475R Issues in Peace and Justice Studies
Prerequisite(s): PHIL 2050, Junior Standing, and *University Advanced Standing

*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)
Meals (approx $100)
Transportation (approx $100)
Discretionary spending (approx $500)
Passport (approx $135)
All students are required to pay a $75 non-refundable application fee.

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.