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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba; Las Terrazas, Cuba
  • Program Terms: May Session
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Session 2019 02/01/2019 02/14/2019 05/18/2019 05/28/2019
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships or Service Learning Available: No
Type of Program: Faculty Led
Program Description:
Cuba Eco Sustainability

Cuba: Sustainability, Education & Culture 

Program Highlights

  • Learn about the unique political history of Cuba and present life from the Cuban perspective
  • Learn about Cuba's food and agricultural system, visit urban farms and farmers markets
  • Explore Havana and visit Revolutionary Square, a Cuban school, the Literacy Campaign Museum and meet the young mentors of Project Espiral
  • Overnight at Las Terrazas, biosphere reserve, and Sierra del Rosario National Park and visit the ruins of the coffee plantation (the house of the owner of the plantation and the barracoons of the slaves), tour the community and learn about its history and massive reforestation program
  • Learn from and experience the music of Professor Dr. Alberto Faya and visit José Fuster's art community project 
  • Experience this beautiful island nation and learn how it meets the needs of all of its citizens!

Program Overview

Cities visited: Havana & Las Terrazas
2019 Estimated Program Fee: $5,988

Cuba, a nation steeped in a rich political and cultural history, set in the beautiful blue Caribbean Ocean, is a growing destination for students and travelers the world over. Separated from the U.S. by only 90 miles, Cuba and the United States have had a complicated history over the past 100 plus years. This relationship has spanned across the Spanish American War of 1898, Cuban Independence in 1902, American mafia and business appropriation of Cuba by the 1950s, the Cuban Revolution of 1959, and the tense Cold War relations since that time.

In spite of all this, and indeed because of it, Cuba is an amazing place to learn about so many things. Our program focuses on Cuba’s incredible strides in health and education, extending these services like few poor countries have ever done. We will also look at how Cuba fared after the collapse of the Soviet Union when Cuba lost its largest trading partner and struggled to gain access to petroleum. Because of these challenges, Cuba has become a laboratory for sustainability. Cuba grows virtually 100% if their fruits and vegetables organically.

Above all, we’ll experience the rich culture, food, music and lifestyles of the Cuban people, in a nation that is arguably one of the friendliest and safest places to travel in the world today. Cuba is a country in rapid change and the energy of the Cuban people is wonderfully contagious. Proud of their revolutionary accomplishments, Cubans are welcoming to Americans and others.



  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Junior, senior, or graduate status (note: you may apply during your sophomore year)

Course Information: 

Earn 3 credits in ENED 4805 - Cuba: Sustainability, Education, & Culture, which is approved for:
  • An Environmental Education elective
This course fulfills the Global Perspectives Liberal Education Requirement

Course Topics Include:

  • Cuban History and U.S. Cuba Relations
  • Cuba's 100 Year Climate Change Plan 
  • Food Sovereignty and Agriculture
  • Literacy Campaign and Education
  • Environmental and Sustainability Efforts
  • Culture, Art, and Music  
This short-term study abroad program to Cuba has a focus on sustainability, education, and culture. To gain insight into Cuban history and culture, students will learn about and be exposed to examples of environmental restoration; community based sustainable agriculture in both urban and rural contexts; the ongoing successful Cuban literacy campaign; and Cuba’s Latin American Medical School, which the UN’s World Health Organization designated as an example for all countries of the world.

Program Leaders

Roxanne Gould, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Ruth Myer Center for Indigenous Education teaches in the Education and Environmental Educations departments at UMD. Her work and research include a focus on global Indigenous education, social justice, environmental sustainability, and food sovereignty. She serves on the boards of Dream of Wild Health and Makoce Ikikupi, a Dakota land recovery project. She also has lead groups to Cuba, Namibia, Mexico, New Zealand, Guatemala, Bolivia, and Spain.

Roxanne Gould, Ed.D.
UMD College of Liberal Arts
Department of Education
106 EduE

James W. Rock 
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371 MWAH
1023 University Drive

Study Abroad Coordinator 

Lyndsey Andersen is the Associate Director of Study Abroad and coordinates all short-term faculty-led programs. 

Estimated Program Costs

Preliminary Estimate: May Session 2019
Estimated Program Fee: $5,988
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $425
Estimated Total Cost: $6,413

Final cost estimates posted closer to program departure. Costs vary each year. *Estimated out-of-pocket costs are dependent on items such as current airfare costs and individual spending habits.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What’s included in the program fee?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • CISI - international travel, health, and security coverage
  • Visa entry assistance (if applicable)
  • Faculty leader support
  • Re-entry support
View the 2019 breakdown of costs (available upon Board of Regents approval.) These estimated costs do not include the $50 application fee. Financial aid applies if you take at least 6 credits total during May and Summer session combined. Credits taken on study abroad programs cannot be used in tuition banding. Scholarships are available!

Travel Documents

A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program is required.


Know the following program information to provide on the online application:

Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: May Session
Country: Cuba
Program Name: Short-term: Cuba: Sustainability, Education & Culture

Apply early as space is limited and the program will fill first-come, first-serve. An essay and an unofficial transcript are required. A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of an online application.

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After you apply

  1. You'll get an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions to submit your application checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your app and monitor your checklist progress
  4. The program leader will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted you must complete the confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed

If you decide you cannot participate, you must login to the online application system and submit a "Cancel Request."

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