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UF in Cuba - Tropical Marine & Island Ecology
Havana, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer A
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Graduate, Undergraduate
Minimum GPA:
Language of Instruction:
English Program Advisor: Leslie Johnson
Type of Credit:
Open to non-UF students:
Program Type: Research, UF Sponsored
Agricultural and Life Sciences
Field of Study: Marine Ecology
Program Description:

UF in Cuba

Tropical Marine and Island Ecology
Summer A 2018: May 13-25

Cuba 4 Cuba 5 Cuba 6

About the Program

UF in Cuba will give you a hands-on understanding of the coastal & island ecosystems of central & southern Cuba, the impacts of human land-use activities on ecological communities, and an introduction to Cuban history & culture. The program will begin on campus prior to departure with an ecosystem introduction and planning meeting to prepare for the intensive 13-day program. This meeting will be recorded so students not in Gainesville prior to departure can participate. Your time in Cuba will involve a mixture of field studies, hikes, nearshore excursions, and evening discussions. 

About the Location

Cuba is a tropical Spanish-speaking island in the Caribbean. It maintains a rich culture, colorful people, unique agricultural practices, & many exceptionally well-conserved tropical marine ecosystems.


Daily excursions will be taken in and around Havana during the first and last days of the program. You will also visit Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second half of the program will take place in and around Bahia de Cochinos, Zapata swamp, Trinidad, and east-central Cuba.


Students will stay in hotels for the duration of the program.

Learn about the tropical marine and coastal ecosystems of Cuba such as pristine coral reefs and lush seagrass meadows.

Explore the function of coral reef communities and the mechanisms that drive their structure.

Understand how coastal and upland human activities affect nearshore marine communities.

Examine the history, present political relationship, & cultural connections between Cuba and the U.S.


Course Information

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
Course taught by UF Faculty

FAS 4932/FAS 6932: Tropical Marine and Island Ecology (4 UF GPA credits)
Total Number of Credits Offered: 4


  • open to all majors
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • students in good standing
  • interview with one of the program directors
  • must be a strong swimmer and have experience snorkeling


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: $3,180
2018 Graduate Program Fee: $3,511

A $350 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application. The remaining fees are due no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you receive financial aid, you can defer payment until it disburses.

What's Included:

Tuition for 4 UF GPA credits, all accommodation and transportation in Cuba, international health insurance and emergency medical assistance.

What's Not Included:

Round-trip airfare to Cuba (approximately $350 USD, including entry visa), some meals while on mainland Cuba, additional personal travel and optional personal expenses


UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Leslie Johnson

Faculty Program Directors
Dr. Donald C. Behringer - | 352-273-3634 
Dr. Jorge Angulo  - | 352-214-5177


This program is currently not accepting applications.