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Dates January 3-18, 2014
Registration and Processing Fee

$150 (Mason)

$200 (non-Mason)

Program Fee $4,640
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Contact

Denise Elles-Mdahuar
703.993.2155
866.468.1243 toll free

The toll free number does not accept calls from the 703 or 571 area code

Airfare from Miami to Havana is included in the program fee. Airfare to Miami and personal expenses are not included in the Program Fee and are the responsibility of the participant.

Eligibility

This program is open to all advance undergraduate and graduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University.

Undergraduate

3 semester credits in

  • MSOM 305

  • GLOA 480

  • GOVT 398

  • ECON 492

  • CONF 385

  • NCLC 399

Graduate

3 credits in GLOA 710

Housing

Hotels

Excursions

Old Havana and Varadero Beach

Downloadable Documents

Syllabus available upon request

Faculty Info

Dr. Lisa Breglia

Cuba: Foreign Investment, Development, & Global Integration

Program Closed!

Study abroad this Winter Break in Havana, Cuba, where the old and the new are woven together. When you enter Old Havana with its colonial architecture and classic American cars, it will be like stepping back in time!

Cathedral in Old Havana, Cuba

Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Old Havana

Attend lectures by faculty from the University of Havana, the Center for International Economy Research, and the Centro de Estudios de Economía Cubana. Interact with officials from the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of External Trade and Foreign Investment, and ambassadors from Latin American and Caribbean embassies to Havana.

Cuba Car Show in Havana

El Capitolio (National Capitol Building)

In addition to learning about changing political and economic conditions in today’s Cuba through classroom lectures, you will get to experience the realities of the Cuban economy first-hand, whether through a site visit to an agricultural cooperative/agribusiness micro-industry project or more informally by eating lunch in a typical “palador,” a family-run restaurant, and talking with the owners. You will visit sites in and around the city of Havana, including the Plaza de la Revolución, the José Martí Memorial, the Museo de Belles Artes, and a Cuban painting studio. At the Port of Mariel, you will learn about the ongoing joint investment project between Cuba and Brazil.

image of traditional cigar rolling in Cuba

A Visit to a Local Cuban Cigar Business

Your trip to Varadero Beach, a relatively exclusive part of Cuba with beautiful blue water, backgrounds a seminar on the role of tourism in the Cuban economy.

Varadero Beach, Cuba

Varadero Beach

Program Itinerary

Day Activity

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013 

Group flight from Miami to Havana. Welcome at the International Airport “Jose Martí". 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 2013

Morning Havana City Tour 

MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2013 

Morning Session

Seminar: “The economic transformation process in Cuba after the VI Cuban Communist Party Congress”. Lecturer: Dr. Jorge Mario Sánchez, professor at the Center for Cuban Economy Studies (Centro de Estudios de Economía Cubana -CEEC)

Afternoon Session

Visit to an agricultural cooperative/agribusiness micro-industry Project in Havana. 

TUESDAY, JANUARY  7, 2013

Morning Session

Seminar: “Changes in Cuban’s families and society as part of the economic model transformation”. Lecturer: Dra. Patricia Arés, professor at the Psychology School, University of Havana. 

Afternoon Session

Visit to the community integral transformation project, People’s Council “Principe”, Centro Habana. 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2013

Morning Session

Seminar: “General transformation in Cuban’s economic external sector”. (Foreign trade and external finance). Lecturer: Dr. Antonio F. Romero, professor at the Center for International Economy Research (CIEI). 

Afternoon Session 

Meeting with officials at the Cuban Chamber of Commerce.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2013

Morning Session

Seminar: “The current Cuban foreign trade. Obstacles and perspectives”. Lecturer: Dr. Ricardo Sánchez, Deputy Director, Center for Cuban Economy Studies (CEEC).

Afternoon Session

Visit and lunch at a “Cuban paladar”. A conversation with the owners. (New emerging social sector in Cuba). 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2013

Morning Session 

Seminar: “Foreign Direct Investments in Cuba: current trends and perspectives”. Lecturer: Dr. Omar Everleny Pérez, Director, Center for Cuban Economy Studies.

Afternoon Session

Meeting with officials from the Center to Promote External Trade and Foreign Investments, Ministry of External Trade and Foreign Investment (MINCEX). 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2013

Visit to Varadero Beach, accompanied by Drs.  Juan Triana and Jorge Mario Sánchez (CEEC) to develop the Seminar: “The Cuban tourism industry and its economic relevance”.  (FDI in the sector; the tourism role in Cuban economy; backwards and forward linkages with other economic sectors, etc). 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2013

10.00 am.  Visit to “Plaza de la Revolución” and  “José Martí” Memorial. 

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2013

Morning Session

Seminar: “The historical diferendum between Cuba and United States. Current status and perspectives for Cuba & USA economic relations”.  Lecturer:  Dr. Jorge Mario Sánchez, professor at CEEC. 

Afternoon Session

(FREE)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2013

Morning Session

Seminar: “The Cuban’ economic relations with Latin American and Caribbean nations”.  Lecturer: Dr. Antonio F. Romero Gómez, professor at CIEI. 

Afternoon Session

Meeting with ambassadors from Latin American and Caribbean embassies to Havana. 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013  

Morning Session

Visit to the Joint Investment Project between Cuba and Brasil, at the Mariel Port, Havana province. 

Night

Visit to a Cuban painting studio (Painter: Choco, Old Havana District). 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2013

Morning session

Seminar: “Cuban´s energy sector perspectives”. Lecturer: Dr. Ramón Pichs Madruga, associated professor at CIEI.

Afternoon Session

Farewell meeting at CIEI. Professors and directives from University of Havana linked to Cuba-USA academic relations will join the party.  

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2013 

Morning session

Visit to Bellas Artes Museum. 

Afternoon Session

Discussions among students and professors from George Mason University about the program in Cuba.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2013 

Flight from Havana to Miami.

This is a preliminary itinerary and is subject to change due to the authorization or denial of activities by the Cuban Authorities. 

Academic Director

Academic Director Lisa Breglia

Lisa Breglia is the Director of the Global Affairs Program. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Rice University, and her work appears in numerous edited volumes and journals. Her 2006 book, Monumental Ambivalence: the Politics of Heritage (University of Texas Press), examines the struggle over national patrimony between public interests and private sector development in Maya archaeological across the Yucatán Peninsula . Her new book extends her interests in the politics of natural and cultural resources - not only in Mexico but in a global context. Living with Oil (2013, UT Press) is an ethnographic investigation of the effects of Mexico's intensive offshore oil industry on Gulf coast communities. Professor Breglia's latest research is a comparative study of heritage tourism in Mexico and Colombia.

Dates: January 4-18, 2014

You should plan to arrive in Miami at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Havana for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return from Miami for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.

Do not purchase airfare until you are advised by your Program Officer.

Program Fee: $4,640

The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Housing in Havana, Cuba
  • Hotel in Miami
  • Airfare from Miami to Havana
  • Transportation in Cuba
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to George Mason students. Consult the Financing Your Study Abroad and the Scholarships sections for more information.

CGE Global Perspectives Scholarships

Open to George Mason University students who participate in CGE Winter Break and Summer Programs, scholarship amounts range from $250 to $1,000, depending on merit and financial need. Students who are awarded a Global Scholarship may volunteer to assist CGE in the promotion of study abroad upon their return.

Download CGE Global Perspectives Scholarships Information

Financial Aid

Mason students may also use financial aid (external link to FAFSA Student Aid) to cover a program's cost. If you are not a George Mason university student check with your study abroad office or office of financial aid to learn more about how to cover the cost of your study abroad.

How to Apply

Consult the How to Apply section for detailed instructions.

  1. Start by completing the online application.

  2. Pay the $150 registration and processing fee ($200 for non-Mason).

Note that all supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact the Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.

*CGE reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.