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MBA International Study Program - Havana, Cuba

Participate in an enriching, global experience April 29 – May 6, 2018

The International Study Program (ISP) is for current students from the Professional MBA and Online MBA programs.

During the Program, you will explore how business is conducted in an economy in transformation. The experience will enhance what you have learned in the business curriculum by highlighting issues and practices in practical and international context.

The program will take place after spring session from Sunday, April 29 to Sunday, May 6, 2018. There will be assignments before and after the trip. Experience this vibrant and fascinating city of more than 2 million and see it before it becomes commercialized. There are no McDonalds or Starbucks and advertising is almost non-existent. Explore more than 50 years of communist history and see the inevitable economic future unfold before your eyes. Stroll down the rustic streets of Old Havana to shop, eat or take a taxi in one of 8,000 vintage American cars. 

The Experience:

  • Visit businesses and governmental agencies
  • Listen to business professors from the University of Havana
  • Participate in the culture and visit unique destinations that Cuba has to offer

Credit Hours: 3

Sample Itinerary:

  • Saturday
    • Departure for Havana and arrival in Cuba
    • Safety and Cultural Orientation and walking tour of the neighborhood
    • Dinner at Residencia
  • Sunday
    • Breakfast at Residencia
    • City bus tour
    • Lunch at Residencia
    • Walk along the Malecon   
    • Free time for dinner (not included)
  • Monday
    • Breakfast at Residencia
    • Welcome reception at Centro de Estudios Martianos (CEM)
    • Lecture on US-Cuban Relations at CEM
    • Lunch at La Moneda with talk about training program (included)
    • Walking tour of Old Havana
    • Welcome dinner in Old Havana
  • Tuesday
    • Breakfast at Residencia
    • Lecture on Changes in Cuban Economy at CEM
    • Lecture on Monetary Issues at CEM
    • Group lunch at Artecorte, community project in old Havana (included)
    • Meet with Camilo and Papito, local entrepreneurs in charge of the Artecorte project
    • Dinner at Residencia 
    • Salsa dancing at Club 1830
  • Wednesday
    • Breakfast at Residencia
    • Depart for Varadero
    • Tour around Varadero
    • Lunch in Varadero (included)
    • Meeting with investors and entrepreneurs in Varadero
    • Return to Havana
    • Dinner at Residencia
  • Thursday 
    • Breakfast at Residencia
    • Lecture on Tourism in Cuba
    • Lunch (not included) - option: Bella Habana restaurant
    • Visit to the Museo del Revolucion
    • Dinner at Residencia
  • Friday 
    • Breakfast at Residencia
    • Lecture on Economic Future of Cuba
    • Visit to a bank (details TBD)
    • Visit entrepreneur of a classic car co-op Nostalgicars
    • Meeting with the US Embassy representative (TBD)
    • Farewell dinner at Residencia
    • Visit and dancing at Fabrica del Arte
  • Saturday   
    • Breakfast at Residencia
    • Depart Havana


The program fee is $1,600 plus 3 credit hours of tuition and fees and includes:

  • Hotel accommodations (based on triple occupancy) 
  • Daily breakfast
  • Most lunches and dinners
  • All ground transportation to activities conducted during the program
  • Local tour guides as necessary
  • Entry to cultural sites as indicated on the itinerary
  • Business visits
  • Entry Visa into Cuba

In addition to fees, you will be responsible for:

  • Airfare to the program location (Plan to travel to Miami to meet the group before flying together to Havana)
  • Some meals and incidentals


Space is limited! Only 20 students will be accepted. There are no prerequisites for the class.

Deadline for application is November 1, 2017. Applications received after the deadline may be considered if we are able to accommodate additional students. Students will be selected by a selection committee in the College of Business.


  • Click here to access the application via the Office of Global Opportunities website.
  • You must upload a Statement of Purpose at the time you submit the application. This document includes any information you think would be helpful to the selection committee in making a decision about your application about why you would like to participate. If you have any trouble uploading this document, you may email it to
  • You may be contacted for an interview with a member of the selection committee.
  • Students will be notified if they are accepted and have until November 15 to accept or decline.
  • Students who accept will be notified of additional administrative steps, including the payment of a non-refundable $500 deposit that will be required, details on the mandatory group flight and how to obtain the visa. Instructions will be provided; please follow them carefully.
  • Your application will be reviewed and we will run a background check through the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility.
  • There is a minimum 3.0 GPA requirement.

Waiting lists and declines

Because spots are limited, students who do not make the cut may be placed on a waiting list. We will let wait-listed students know as soon as spots become available.

For more information about the program, please contact the Center for International Business at or call 740-593-2021.