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  • Locations: Cojimar, Cuba; Havana, Cuba; Pinar Del Rio, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language of Instruction:
English Only
Academic Focus:
Communication Program Type: Faculty-led
Additional Info/Reqs: Attendance at all Pre-Departure Meetings & Orientations is Mandatory
Program Description:




Cuba- Green CarCuba constitutes an enigma to most Americans due to its political situation and its relationship to the United States. This program offers participants an opportunity to explore, analyze, and report on a country with a rich history, a unique culture and an intriguing socio-political status in the world. It will allow participants to examine discrepancies between what they have been told and what they will observe. Cuba has a vibrant society with a strong cultural identity, and a highly educated population that values the arts, literature, music and dance. It offers free education and universal health care but not the freedoms expected of western societies. Participants will be able to meet with Cuban students and exchange thoughts and ideas. They will be able to observe the positives and negatives of a vastly different political culture. During this trip we will meet with Americans and Cubans working in Havana. We will visit old and new Havana, schools, museums and sights pertaining to the country’s history and politics. We will also venture outside Havana to visit the countryside, coastal regions and eco-communities to see how Cuba is working to protect its natural resources and botanical beauty. Special Guest Lecturer: Former NBC Cuba Correspondent, Ed Rabel

WSU Sponsoring Unit: The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

External Partner: ISA
Program Dates:
May 7 - 19, 2017 (Please note, this program starts and ends in Miami, Florida.  Travel prior to May 7 to Miami is necessary.  The program will depart early morning May 7 from Miami for Havana, and will depart Havana for Miami on May 19.  The program prices includes round-trip airfare from Miami to Havana, but does not include airfare from Washington to Miami, FL).
Program Eligibility Requirements:
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application.
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of the program.
  • Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
  • Program Specific Eligibility: No additional requirements.
Please Note: a minimum number of participants is needed for this program.


Cost Information

Total Program Cost Estimate: $6,986 (including tuition and estimated additional student expenses)

Program costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses).  A breakdown of these costs can be found below. For payment due dates please scroll to the “Billing Schedule”.

Fixed Expenses Billed by WSU

Participation Expense* $4,364
WSU Tuition (3 credits) $1,482
Global Learning Application Fee $125
International Insurance Fee $28
     Total Paid to WSU $5,846

 *Participation Expense includes excursions, accommodation, program related in-country travel, Cuban Tourist Visa, and charter flight from Miami, Florida to Havana, Cuba..

Estimated Additional Expenses*

Personal Expenses       $400
Airfare (WA to Miami, FL) $600
Books and Supplies $0
U.S. Passport** $140
Visa** Included in Participation Expense N/A
     Total Estimated Additional Expenses $1,140

*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.
**Please see the “Destination” tab for additional passport and visa information.

Billing Schedule:

This billing schedule is for the Fixed Expenses billed by WSU only and does not include Estimated Additional Expenses that are the responsibility of the participant.

Financially Responsible as of: February 1, 2017
Program Fee Date Billed Date Due
 Participation Expense 1st Payment  $500 Feb 20, 2017
Feb 24, 2017
 Application Fee  $125
 International Insurance  $28
 Participation Expense 2nd Payment  $3,711 March 16, 2017
 WSU Tuition  $1,482 
Refund Policy: Participants are responsible for the Fixed Expenses of the program once they have committed to the program application and the application deadline has passed.

Financial Aid Disbursement Alert: Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this program. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Program payment due dates may be before aid is released.  Participants must budget accordingly.




Cuba- Havana with flag

WSU Course:  
  • COM 484 (3 credits) Backpack Journalism
Non-WSU Courses: N/A

Course Pre-requisites:
  • None
Grades and GPA:

All courses will calculate into student’s WSU cumulative GPA unless noted as a “Non-WSU Course”.

Non-WSU Courses:
  • Will not calculate into student’s cumulative WSU GPA, but will factor into Major and Minor GPA’s.
  • Courses and grades will appear on zzusis/MyWSU and WSU transcript.
  • These have a non WSU transcript provided.   Participants should anticipate transcripts taking two to four months to arrive at WSU.



Faculty-led Orientations

All faculty-led participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure.  Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after the program has been officially confirmed.
  • Faculty-Led and Financial Planning: This is an online training that is a required application component that provides additional details on the application process, costs of the program, billing, financial aid, and other relevant information. This training is accessible once an application is started.
  • Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application.  Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.
  • Faculty Directed Orientation: These take place over multiple sessions and will be planned by the program faculty director.


Destination Details

Site Descriptions

Cuba- Havana AerialLocated in the Caribbean, Cuba is the largest island of the West Indies.  It is an island nation with an incredibly rich history worth exploring.   This tropical paradise not only gives life to agricultural staples (sugarcane, coffee and rice), but also to a thriving music and dance culture.  Cuba itself has colonial-era construction with splashes of bright colors, and is known for the classic cars still in commission.
  • Language: Spanish is primarily spoken.
  • Currency: Cuban Peso (Compare to U.S. Dollars)
  • City Size: Havana's population is 2.2 million (2010)
  • Weather: the average temperature range in May is 79-88°F.
Accommodation Information
The program provides accommodations in Cuba.  Participants will stay in shared rooms at a hotel that provides linens, and breakfast daily.  Please note WIFI is very limited in Cuba and is usually an extra fee.

Passport & Visa Details

It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.
United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas.  Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.

United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa. 
  • United States Department of State
  • Cuba does require a tourist visa for entry. This will be provided by the program.
    • Please Note: Information presented here may change, regardless of what is stated here YOU are responsible for ensuring you have any required visa and for any visa costs.
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements.  Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship.



How to Apply

Before the Deadline:
  • Please Note: There is no application fee for starting an application.
  1. Click "Apply Now" to begin an application.  You will be in "Application Phase." Complete application materials:
  • Signature Documents
  • Questionnaires
  • Material Submissions (Electronic and/or Physical)
  • Online Trainings
  • In-Person Meetings (if applicable)
Please Note: Items which say “NOT Required by Deadline” can be submitted after the deadline but are due before you depart to go abroad.
  1. Once all materials have been completed, your application will be moved to either the “pending” or “accepted” phase. 
  • “Accepted” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements and you have been accepted to the program, conditional on whether or not you commit by the deadline.
  • “Pending” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements, and your application is being reviewed before your participation is determined.  After review, if you are accepted your application will move to the “Accepted” phase.
  1. Commit to the program: Once in the “accepted” phase, you will see a box appear asking you to “Commit” or “Decline” your participation on the program. 
  • If you click “Commit”: you have committed to participate in your program and accept all responsibilities associated with commitment.
  • If you click “Decline”: your application will be withdrawn.
After the Deadline:
  1. After you commit and are in "Committed phase", complete:
  • Required orientations (see “Orientation” tab for more information)
  • Remaining or new applications items (questionnaires or material items) which were not due before the deadline.
  • Any requested material items specific to your program.
  1. Prepare to Depart!
  • Apply for a visa (if required)
  • Buy airfare (if not included in your program)
  • Start packing!


How to Fund Your Program

Financial Planning: Know Your Budget!
  1. Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
  2. Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
  3. Review your Faculty-Led and Financial Planning (FLFP) training (see orientations tab)
  4. Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians)
  5. Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
  6. Create your budget
  7. Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Explore Scholarships: Community Resources:
Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
  • Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
  • Private Businesses
  • Online Fundraising


Contact Information
Cuba- Men Music
Faculty Director:
Laura Dubowski
(509) 335-4839

Faculty Co-Director:
Alison Boggs
(509) 335-****

Global Learning Department:
(509) 335-6204


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.