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* Human & Environmental Sustainability in Cuba
Havana, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
Budget Sheets Spring Break
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 11/08/2017
Rolling Admission 03/10/2018 03/18/2018

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Fact Sheet:
Recommended Programs: Sociology
Grade Point Average:
Language(s) of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Program Coordinator:
Emily Garner
Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Applied Human Sciences, Liberal Arts
Program Description:

Human & Environmental
in Cuba

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Through this program, students will gain first-hand exposure to the innovative strategies currently being implemented to achieve sustainability on a local and national level in Cuba, a politically and historically fascinating island.

Program At-a-Glance

WHEN: March 10-18, 2018

CREDITS: All committed students will be registered for ETST 182A: Study Abroad - Cuba (1 credit) through CSU's Division of Continuing Education. All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the spring term.

COST: See Budget Sheet for details. The cost includes round trip airfare from Denver to Cuba, all breakfasts and lunches, transportation, lodging and activities during the program. NOT INCLUDED: some meals, personal expenses, passport and fees.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs.

PROGRAM LEADERS:  Dr. Karina Cespedes, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies and Dr. Ernesto Sagas, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.5 GPA. Instructor approval. Good disciplinary standing. Undergraduate or graduate students are welcome to apply. No previous knowledge of Spanish required, but is helpful.

Academic Overview

During the nine day program, participants will learn from local citizens, leaders, experts and policy makers to gain a well-rounded perspective of the issues Cuba is facing in a local and global context regarding sustainability. Through an immersive experience students will develop strong cross-cultural understandings, respect and communication skills.  Students will also participate in service-learning activities related to human and environmental sustainability in Cuba. 

Some highlights of the program are a visit to Valley of the Sugar Mills, Korimacao Community Project, Organoponico Vivero in Alamar, Jobero Farm Community Project, Colonial Havana, Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples, urban gardens, academic lectures, museums, and more.
Academic lectures include topics such as race in Cuba, architecture, etc. 

For ETST 182A, students will be expected to complete assigned readings about Cuba.  Upon return, students will write a personal reflection on the issues exhoamined during their program.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the main issues and challenges in Cuba's society, economy, and political systems
  • Describe the main issues and challenges in foreign relations between Cuba and the United States
  • Recognize the role of race and gender in Cuban society


This program will take place in Cienfuegos, Trinidad (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Havana (Cuba's capital). Cienfuegos is about 160 miles from Havana and is known as La Perla del Sur (Pearl of the South) and translates to "one hundred fires". Trinidad was founded on December 23, 1514 and is one of the best-preserved cities in the Caribbean from the time when the sugar trade was the main industry in the region. Havana was the main port of the Spanish empire in the Americas and it still retains vestiges of its former colonial glory, mixed in with 50 years of revolutionary changes that have profoundly shaped Cuban society. 

Housing and Meals

All students will be housed in host homes, called "casas particulares", with local Cuban families. All breakfasts and lunches are included in the program fee along with a welcome dinner.


Health information for travelers to Cuba 

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U.S. State Department Travel information about Cuba 

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