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Cuba remains one of the last places in the world with a revolutionary socialist ideology. The United States revels in the notion of individual sovereignty and free markets. This program will compare how two diverse ideologies and institutions work to solve a similar set of socio-economic problems including education, health care, homelessness, inequality, unemployment, economic opportunity, and societal well-being. It is said that economics address the questions of what should be produced, how it should be produced, and who should get what is produced. Experience the economic, cultural, and societal transformation of Cuba from colonial times to the present day. This program will consist of two courses, which will include lectures and discussions and will be supplemented by field trips and excursions to relevant sites.

Selection Criteria:

Participants must:

  • Have completed Quant 2400 (or equivalent), Quant 3610, Econ 2010, 2020 with a C- or better, and departmental permission.
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be a high school graduate or above.
  • Read, speak, and understand English.
  • Provide documentation of sufficiently good enough health to travel and participate in a two-week study program.


  • Cuba

Program Dates:

May 14, 2018 – May 30, 2018


$3,999.00 (Airfare is Included)

Suggested Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit: $500
  • Jan. 8, 2018: $700
  • Feb. 5, 2018: $700
  • March 5, 2018: $700
  • April 2, 2018: $700
  • May 1, 2018: $99-Final Payment Due

Deposit: $500 dollars will need to be paid when you hand in your application.

All payments must be made through the Hurst Center, NOT at the main cashier's office. Payment can be made in person, or over the phone at (801) 626-6600. The Hurst Center is located on the south side of campus next to the Alumni Center.

Includes: room and board, domestic transportation, and some meals.

Not included: passport, incidentals, excess baggage costs, any unscheduled travel, and all meals.


Please attend all departure meetings!

May 14: Departure
May 2-14: Students will tour places of economical influence in Cuba as well as attend lectures on Cuban economic history and policies.
Walking tour of Old Havana
Visit to Museo de la Revolución
Vedado Walking Tour
Visit Center for Economic Studies in Havana
Vintage Car Workshop & lecture on Vintage Car Economy in Cuba
Ride in Vintage cars
Visit Akokan Community Project
Visit to Fábrica del Arte Cubano
Visit to Playas Del Este Beach
Visit University of Havana
Tour and Visit Jose Marti Memorial
Visit Plaza de la Revolución
Visit Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes: Cuban Collection
Walking tour of Vedado Neighborhood
Visit Museum of the City
Visit Rum Museum with overview of Rum Industry
Visit Cigar Factory with overview of Cigar Industry
Visit Castillo de la Real Fuerza
Visit Palacio del Valle
Salsa Dance Class
Visit to Tobacco Farm
Visit to Mural de la Prehistoria
Visit to artisan market in town center
Visit La Federación de Mujeres Cubanas (Cuba Women’s Federation)
May 30: Return

Academic Courses

Students who participate in this study abroad program will be able to register for up to three (3) semester credits though Weber State Univeristy in ECON 1010 or ECON 4850.

Program Directors

Dr. Cliff Nowell

Trip Cancellations

If the trip is canceled, all participants will be refunded. Any refunds for withdrawals from the program will be determined by the Study Abroad Director according to the recoverability of incurred costs and fees and according to the Continuing Education Policy. Once the group leaves all costs are non-refundable in their entirety. Dates & process may change. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of any such changes by staying in contact with the program director.

Any questions feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8155 or by calling the Continuing Education Office at (801) 626-6600.