Global Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Seminar Abroad

 Winter 2018 Destination: Cuba

Focus: Foreign Investment and Global Integration

Course dates: January 6-20, 2018 

Faculty: Dr. Lisa Breglia

This course provides students with both a background to Cuba’s economic situation (from the 1959 Cuban Revolution to the present) as well as an on-the-ground look at the country’s emerging economic transition in the context of globalization. We will pay special attention to economic reform in Cuba surrounding the economic crisis of the 1990s using texts, tools, and methodologies from across the social sciences. The goal of the course is to equip participants with a well-rounded set of analytical tools that help them assess both Cuba’s economic situation in the 21st century as well as the scope and effectiveness of recent economic reforms the country has undertaken. This course offers students an intellectually stimulating, innovative, and diverse program of study in a safe environment, with maximum exposure to the economic, cultural, and political life of contemporary Cuba. The structure of this program revolves around guest lectures at Cuba’s premier academic institutions, class meetings, and relevant site visits.

All students must apply for the course through the Global Education Office website.

Important Deadlines:

  • October 8: application deadline
  • October 22: deposit deadline ($1500)
  • November 12: final balance deadline ($TBD)
  • November 26: deadline to complete all items in MasonAbroad
  • December 9: Mandatory Attendance at Pre-Departure Orientation and Breakout Session (check-in starts at 9:30am. Orientation 10:00am-12:00pm followed by break-out session)

Program Cost (Winter 2017): $4880


· Round trip airfare from DC-Havana

· Tuition (3 credits)

· Accommodation in Havana

· In-country transportation for program activities

· Most meals (breakfast and dinner daily and additional meals as outlined below)

· Local, English-speaking guide

· Pre-Departure Orientation

· International Emergency Insurance

Not Included:

· Other transportation

· Some meals

· Personal spending

Cuba Information Session for Students

Monday, September 11

6:00-7:00 pm

Merten Hall, 1204 Please RSVP to

For more information contact Stephanie Lister at Global Affairs ( or Laura Scobey at the Global Education Office (

Past Programs

Summer 2017

Madrid and Sevilla, Spain

Topic: Europe at a Crossroads

Winter 2017

Havana, Cuba

Topic: Foreign Investment & Global Integration

Summer 2016

Stockholm, Uppsala, Sweden

Topic: European and Scandinavian Security Policy 

Winter 2016

Havana, Cuba

Topic: The New Cuba: Foreign Investment and Global Integration (syllabus)

Summer 2015

Lima, Cusco, and Ayacucho, Peru

Topic: Human Rights Past and Present

Winter 2015

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Topic: History, Politics and Culture in Zululand (syllabus)

Summer 2014

Mexico City, Puebla, and Oaxaca, Mexico

Topic: Security, Markets and Development (syllabus)

Winter 2014

Havana, Cuba

Topic: Foreign Investment, Development, and Global Integration

Summer 2013

Tbilisi, Georgia

Topic: Nations and Globalization: From Theory to Case Study

Summer 2012

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Topic: Global Human Rights

Summer 2011

Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing, China

Topic: Global Migration in an East Asian Context

Summer 2010

Brussels, Belgium

Topic: Migration and Integration: European & Global Perspectives (syllabus)

Financial Considerations

The cost for the trip varies, however it is recommended that students save roughly $5,000 for the course. The following items are typically included in the GLOA 710 fee:

  • 3 credits of graduate tuition
  • Housing accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Transportation between cities if required
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Emergency evacuation insurance
  • Guides
  • Lecturers
  • George Mason University faculty
  • Excursions within the country of study
  • Administrative fees in the US and country of study

Please note: Airfare is purchased separately, by the student. Due to student's personal preferences and access to frequent flier miles, Mason Study Abroad will not arrange group flights.

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