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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer, Summer Intersession
  • Restrictions: SIU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer Intersession 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

Global Citizenry and the New Cuba


Students in this 3-credit course will learn about many aspects of Cuba, including its history, government, legal system, economy, and culture, as well as the history of U.S.-Cuban relations and the U.S sanctions on Cuba.


The program will mainly take place in Havana, Cuba with additional visits to Pinar del Rio, Vinales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad.


We anticipate that this program will next be offered in Summer, 2020.


The schedule of activities in Cuba will not be finalized until shortly before departure. However, it is anticipated that the itinerary will include meetings with Cuban government officials, students and faculty from Cuban universities, and lawyers, judges and businesspersons in Cuba.  Students will also spend part of their time engaging in cultural activities, such as walking tours through historic Old Havana, visits to the Fort la Cabaña, and to Trinidad, a World Heritage Site.
Tentative Schedule (Based on 2018 program)
 On-Campus Classroom Meetings: Monday, May 14 - Wednesday, May 31, 2018, Approximately two hours per day most days
Leave STL/Arrive Havana on or about June 1
Visit Pinar del Rio and Viñales, June 3-4
Visit Cienfuegos and Trinidad, June 5-6
Return to Havana, June 7-8
Return to United States, June 9


Honors students will take UHON 351M - Honors Seminar Multicultural. This course will count toward the Core Curriculum Multicultural requirement.

As part of the class, students will read about Cuba, with a particular focus on the changing legal and business environment and give oral presentations about what they learn.  Students will be expected to attend lectures and participate in discussions about Cuba. Students also will be expected to reflect upon and write about their experiences in Cuba.  Upon their return from Cuba, students will work independently on a research and writing project related to what they learned in Cuba, but no class sessions will be held.


Participants must be members in good standing with the University Honors program.

Educational Objectives


Faculty and Contact Information

Dr. Melinda Yeomans, the Associate Director of University Honors, will teach the course in conjunction with Dr. Cindy Buys, Professor and Acting Associate Dean, School of Law. For further information, contact her at or (618) 521-5621

Number of Participants


Program Charge 

$3,995 (Based upon 2018 rate; to be updated when program is next offered.)
Costs includes:

  • ​Roundtrip airfare between St. Louis, MO and Havana, Cuba

  • Hotel Accomodations

  • Local Transportation

  • All tours and lectures

  • Meals

  • Insurance

  • Visa Fees

Other Costs- What is not Included

  • Transportation to/from St. Louis

  • Passport

  • Personal Expenses

  • Books and Course Materials

  • SIU tuition

Payment Plan

Installment 1 - $150 Non-refundable deposit is due with application
Installment 2 - $1,000 Due March 1, 2018
Installment 3 - $Balance of Program Charge Due April 1, 2018

Installments must be made by check or money order made payable to SIUC at the Study Abroad Office located in Woody Hall.​


Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for SIU Carbondale students and requires full-time registration and other conditions.  You should consult with the Financial Aid Office to get an estimate of what you might have available.  Programs that take place after the end of the Fall Semester/commencement are considered as Spring Semester Programs.  Programs that take place after the end of the Spring Semester/commencement are considered Fall Semester Programs.

Study abroad has scholarships that are available for SIU undergraduate students.  You can apply for those here “Salukis Abroad Scholarship”.​





Application Deadline and Procedure

Applications are due by March 1, although earlier application is advised. We cannot guarantee that spaces will still be available by this time.

To apply, simply click on the Apply Now button in the top section of the program information. A $150 deposit is due upon application, $50 of which is not refundable. This $150 is included in the program charge. The deposit will need to be paid by check or money order at the Study Abroad Office in Woody Hall once you have submitted your application online.

Please contact Study Abroad Programs,  or 618-453-7670 for assistance.​


Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policies apply to all programs with the exceptions noted:
90+ days before departure: $50 application charge plus any non-refundable charges
60+ days before departure: $100 plus any non-refundable charges
30+ days before departure: $150 plus any non-refundable charges
Up to day of departure: $200 plus any non-refundable charges
After departure: no refunds

Specific programs may have a different cancellation timetable which overrides the standard policy.

Programs, whether SIU Global Seminars or affiliated study abroad providers, may require an additional non-refundable payment. That should be listed in their program information and is considered as part of the non-refundable charges. Other non-refundable items include (but are not restricted to) such items as airline tickets, hotel deposits and similar items. Generally speaking, we can only refund what we can recover. All program rate are subject to change based on unavoidable cost changes.​


Withdraw Policy

Please contact us immediately if you are unable to participate in a program. It is the applicant's responsibility to notify Study Abroad Programs and the instructor about withdrawals. This must be done in writing--e-mail is acceptable--as well as withdrawing through MyStudyAbroad. You will be considered as a continuing participant until you notify us. If you need to withdraw, it is in your best interests to withdraw as soon as possible and to verify that we have received your written notice.

Critical Additional Information

Due to the U.S. embargo on Cuba, U.S. citizens and residents may only travel to Cuba for certain authorized purposes. SIU holds an academic license that permits SIU students and faculty to travel to Cuba for academic purposes. U.S. citizens and residents are required to have visas to travel to Cuba.  Dean Buys and ASG will arrange for visas on behalf of each participant in the course and will provide each participant with appropriate documentation authorizing the travel to and in Cuba.  Participants in the course may only engage in approved educational activities authorized while in Cuba.  Participants must follow the pre-approved itinerary.  Personal travel or activities outside the approved itinerary are not allowed.  In addition to assessing any grading penalties, Dean Buys retains the discretion to send a student back to the United States early if that student violates any of the program rules.