On-campus class sessions and preparation activities prior to departure prime students for fourteen days of study in Havana, the capital and commercial center of Cuba, a country in the wake of constant change and maintaining a planned economy. Importantly, as the US and Cuba severed diplomatic ties from 1961 – 2015, throughout the course US-based leaders stand to challenge their fundamental assumptions, frames of reference, and mental models by learning in a social, political, and economic milieu that they have been taught inherently contradicts the "American way of life." Immersion in this complex and unfamiliar context offers the opportunity to disrupt, challenge, and reframe fundamental understandings of a country and people as well as incredible possibilities to grow intercultural competence and leadership capacity.
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: U.S. citizens ARE required to obtain a visa for travel to the locations of this course. The Global Studies Office will assist with the visa application process, and the fee for the visa is included in the program fee for U.S. citizens. All program participants will ABSOLUTELY need a valid passport by mid-October; the passport must expire NO EARLIER than July 31, 2019. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens should contact the Office of Global Studies to find if they will require a visa for travel.
: Students who complete an application and submit the $500 deposit may withdraw their application at any time up to 100 days before travel and receive a full refund of the program deposit. Additional cancellation information can be found within the application.
: All students will be registered for Global Studies courses by the Office of Global Studies once course costs have been finalized, typically in early December for J-Term courses. Students DO NOT need to register for Global Studies courses during the typical registration period.
: The program fee will be finalized in early December; the Office of Global Studies does everything within their power to ensure that the course cost is within the estimated range. Students will be billed for Global Studies J-Term courses during the first week in January, and bills will be due by the end of January.