Faculty Led Program


This program has been cancelled for 2012

Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development in CUBA
Faculty Led Program through Global Exchange

From an economic and business perspective, this is an exciting time to travel to Cuba as it embraces a limited amount of market reforms under the new president, Raul Castro. Private economic activity has been allowed in certain sectors of the economy, as farmers have been permitted to work small plots of fallow public land, a limited number of traders can operate privately, used cars can be sold, and access to certain previously restricted consumer goods - cell phones, computers, home appliances - has been expanded. Most significantly, in late 2011, the Cuban Government announced that it would allow the donation, sale, and purchase of homes for the first time since the early days of the revolution. The challenge facing Cuba is whether it can navigate market reforms while maintaining its commitment to environmental and social sustainability.

Global Exchange
Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice since 1988. We are a 501 c3 registered non-profit.  We’re changing the rules across the globe from a profit-centered global economy to thriving people-centered local economies; from the politics of greed to a living democracy that respects the rights of workers and nature; and from currency to community.   Our holistic approach reaches thousands of members and supporters, through educating the U.S. public about root causes of injustice and the impacts of U.S. government policies and corporate practices. We inspire change by building people-to-people ties, engaging grassroots education for action and linking social and environmental movements.

Students participating in this program will earn 1 credit for ECO 474.

A major component of the academic program of this study program will be experiential based learning. As such, visits to places such as Old Havana, Plaza de la Revolución, Cuba Energía, Cuba Solar, and la Terrazas intentional sustainability among others are included.

In addition to a tremendous academic experience and the opportunity to visit many important international organizations in Cuba, this program will also offer students the chance to visit some of Cuba’s most important cultural sites.

This program will take place May 20-27, 2012.

Before you travel abroad, you will need
to obtain a passport, which will serve as proof of your U.S. citizenship. A passport may allow you to gain entry to (and exit from) other countries. Depending on the country to which you're traveling, a visa may be required as well. Entry requirements vary from one country to another. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings specific to certain countries, and offers tips and publications relevant to travel abroad generally. Well in advance of your departure, you should also familiarize yourself with international travel health issues, and health recommendations specific to your destination.


·  3.0 minimum GPA required

·  Open to students from other universities

·  To apply please contact Dr. Donna Anderson

The estimated program fee is $3,750 and includes the following:

·  Tuition (3 credits) and Administrative Fees

·  Round Trip airfare

·  Some meals

·  Entrance Fees for all most cultural visits

·  Study Abroad Health Insurance (required by UW System)

·  International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

·  Study Abroad Graduation Sash

Financial Aid is applicable to program fees. (In order to be eligible for financial aid for summer programs, students must enroll in a minimum of 6 credits over the course of the summer sessions. As this program includes 3 credits, students will need to enroll in 3 additional credits prior to this experience).

All students will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation. The orientation will help you prepare for international travel in general, and for the experience of visiting China.

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