This study tour is a unique experience to visit Cuba and learn about the role of tourism and its effect on Cuban society.

It is designed to enhance students’ global perspectives by exploring the impact of socialism on Cuba and the similarities and differences between the Cuban and U.S. political, economics, and social systems. Students will learn about life in Cuba through its traditions, music, dances, art, food, gender roles, and language in this diverse culture that includes a mixture of Spanish, African, and Caribbean cultures. 

Students will engage with Cuban citizens in a wide variety of settings, including cities like Havana and rural areas. Other destinations include Viñales, Soroa, Playa Ancon, Topes de Collantes, and Trinidad.  

This course fulfills the IDP requirements.

Course code and title

POL/MLA 657 The Role of Tourism and its Effect on Cuba




Estimated travel dates

Jan. 13-28, 2025

Estimated costs

$4,000 + optional campus meals

Information sessions

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, Lentz Hall 411
  • Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, Lentz Hall 411
  • 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, Lentz Hall 220