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UF in Cuba - Sport and Tourism
Havana, Cuba; Varadero, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer B
Budget Sheets Summer B
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer B 2018 03/15/2018 03/15/2018 07/02/2018 08/10/2018
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement:
Minimum GPA:
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Program Advisor: Leslie Johnson
Type of Credit:
Open to non-UF students:
Yes Program Type: UF Sponsored
Program Description:

UF in Cuba

Sport and Tourism
Summer B 2018
Online Meetings: July 2- July 12 & July 23 - August 10
  Dates in Country: July 15 to July 21

Beach   Baseball

About the Program

The purpose of the course is to provide students with an overview of Cuba’s approach to sport and tourism, including how both sport and travel and tourism have been used as a tool for political benefit and diplomacy, as well as for economic development. Students will also gain an understanding of the past and current system used to develop athletes and destinations in Cuba. Further, students will also assess the disruptions to the current models of sport and tourism in Cuba, and speculate on how each will evolve in the country. 

About the Location

Havana, Cuba
Matanzas, Cuba
Varadero, Cuba


  • Guided walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Havana.
  • Visit the Christopher Columbus Cemetery, one of the most elaborated burial grounds in the world
  • Visit to the Higher Institute for Sports Education and the Escuela Internacional de Educacion Fisica y Deporte
  • Guided tour of modern Havana including the Capitol building, the Grand Theatre, Prado promenade, Estadio Latinoamericano, Monument to the Battleship Maine, Hotel Nacional, and University of Havana.
  • Tour and play a game of Baseball at Stadium ‘Palmar de Junco’, a historic facility where the first recorded organized game in the country was played in 1874
  • Tour the resorts of Varadero, the largest resort complex in the Caribbean. 
  • Visit to the Sports Initiation School (Escuela de Iniciación Deportiva – EIDE) ‘Luis Augusto Turcios Lima’ in Matanzas.
  • Visit to Varadero’s School of Hospitality and Tourism (Escuela de Hoteleria y Turismo de Varadero).

STUDY the History of the Socialist Sport System and Tourism Industry in Cuba

FORECAST the Future of Sport and Tourism in Cuba and its Role in The Future of US - Cuba Relations

VISIT over a Dozen Historical Sites in and around Havana Including UNESCO World Heritage Sites

WATCH a Cuban Baseball Game or Boxing Match  

EXPERIENCE the largest resort complex in the Caribbean in Varadaro

WORK with Cuban youth athletes at a sport school in  Matanzas

Course Information

Department of Tourism Recreation & Sports Management
College of Health & Human Performance

Courses are taught by UF Faculty

LEI 4955 and SPM 6905: Sport and Tourism in Cuba
Total Number of Credits Offered: 3


  • Open to all majors
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Undergraduate or Graduate student in good standing


Students will stay in Hotel Habana Riviera located on the Malecon (3 nights), the Hotel Barcelo Solymar Arenas Blancas all-inclusive resort (2 nights), and the Hotel Vedado in the heart of the modern Havana (1 night). 

Financial Aid

Most financial aid that you would receive on campus during the summer can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program; however, all financial aid eligibility is determined by Student Financial Affairs. You must speak with your financial aid advisor to determine what aid can be applied to the cost of this study abroad program, including scholarships.


2018 Undergraduate Program Fee: $2,692
2018 Graduate Program Fee: $2,940

A nonrefundable deposit ($350) for undergraduates and graduates (separate from program fee) is due by March 15th. The remaining amount will be billed to your student account.

What's Included:

Tuition for 3 UF GPA credits, all accommodation and transportation in Cuba, some meals, admission to games and tours, international health insurance and emergency medical assistance.

What's Not Included:

Round-trip airfare to Havana (approximately $600 USD, including entry visa), exit tax ($25 USD), some meals, additional personal travel and optional personal expenses.

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor

Leslie Johnson

Program Directors

Dr. Michael Sagas           Lori Pennington-Gray
352-294-1640                   352-294-1657