Virginia Tech course, VT faculty led, VT credit (3 cr.)
Gain hands-on management, critical thinking, intercultural as well as career skills by exploring the transitional and emerging economy in Cuba!
Instructors will conduct pre-departure classes, dealing with the culture, society and economy of Cuba, international business, CSR, and logistics of the program.
Some Program Activities:
- Walking tour of old Havana
- Visit to Bamboo Center
- Lecture on U.S.-Cuban relations
- An orchestra performance, Matanzas choir
- Lecture on religious freedom
- Visit small private businesses
- Visit an organic farm and a tobacco farm
- Visit Rum Museum and San José Art Market
Short-term Spring 2018 (May 11 - 18)
Business and Society in 21st Century Cuba:
Continuity and Change
This study abroad program is intended to give students exposure to and experience in the economic and social systems as well as the business environment in Cuba. With the recent thawing of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, this program will offer students a unique opportunity to study and explore Cuba after 50+ years of communist rule and isolation from the United States. Changes are already rapidly taking place in Cuban society and its economy. This program will give students a chance to experience Cuba before it changes forever.
An underlying theme of the program will be a focus on quality of life issues and corporate social responsibility (CSR) with particular emphasis on environmental sustainability. These will include such issues as: sustainability practices, the treatment of women, minorities, and handicapped individuals, child labor practices, workplace and product safety considerations, the marketing of potentially harmful products/services (tobacco, alcohol, gambling, handguns, etc.). We will also pay close attention to the overall standard of living and individual freedoms enjoyed by citizens of Cuba as well as the disparities of income and wealth among the population.
Freshmen through seniors, and graduate students are eligible. Non-business students are also welcome to participate, and will receive 3 credits. Preference will be given to Pamplin students.
Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.3. Contact faculty program leader for exceptions.
Participants will receive 3 semester hours of VT credit for the course.
MGT 3954 for higher division students
MGT 5954 for graduate students
Estimated program fee is $3,700 for both in-state and out-of-state students.
The program fee includes round-trip airfare (Charlotte, NC – Havana), a Cuban visa, all transportation and lodging as well as tour guides and interpreters, and half of meals in Cuba.
A non-refundable deposit of $500, payable online, is due after acceptance into the program, and on or before December 1st, 2017. Balance of program fees due on December 10th, 2017.
University Tuition & Fees
Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy. 3 credit hours of tuition + fees will be billed by the University Bursar. There is no extra tuition for the program for students who are enrolled full-time in Spring Semester, 2018. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term: http://www.bursar.vt.edu/.
Dr. Larry French
Department of Management
2007 Pamplin Hall email@example.com
Linda M. Tanko
Scholarship and Study Abroad Specialist
1046 Pamplin Hall (0209)
(540) 231-3562 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates / Deadlines:
Short term (Spring)
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.