International Studies on Sustainable Agriculture - Cuba

About the Program

This course is a wonderful experience for anyone who wants to understand more about sustainable food systems and resilient communities. Traveling for 23 days across Cuba, visiting its farms and research stations, you will learn how this tiny nation managed to receive – virtually overnight – the Right Livelihood Award of the Swedish Parliament for world excellence in organic agriculture and the “Sustainable Nation” award of the World Wildlife Fund based on ecological footprint and social development indices. Importantly, you will also connect with a network of Cuban change leaders that will be invaluable if you plan future work in the areas of community food security, sustainability, cooperation and resilience, and/or Latin America.”

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General Timeline

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Eligibility and Prerequisites

This program is suitable for students in second year and above in Land and Food Systems, Latin American Studies, Nutrition, Political Science, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Community and Regional Planning, Population and Public Health, Science, Spanish and Graduate and Post Doctoral Studies

Prior to taking part in this program, students should have completed coursework in these disciplines, and should also have a record of strong academic performance.   There are no pre-requisites for this field studies course.

Please contact if you are interested in the program but do not belong to the above programs.

Program fees

The program fee is TBD. The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program.

All qualifying students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award.

Snapshot to the costs of this program - 4 main areas to know about to help you prepare

Program Fee (does NOT include UBC Tuition) 


Flight Incidentals

This amount is paid through installments directly to Go Global.

  • Accommodations in Cuba
  • In country travel that is related to the program
  • Classroom fees
  • Some excursions and day- visits 
  • Meals  - all but two lunches
  • Go Global Fee

This amount will differ for domestic and international students. This amount will be assigned to you on the Student Service Centre (SSC) according to normal UBC tuition timelines.

This amount is not determined or applied by Go Global.

All students participating in a Global Seminar will have tuition applied to their SSC account.

Travel to Havana is a separate cost. You are responsible for arranging your own travel.

Go Global can provide suggestions upon program confirmation. 

These are the costs that are not included in the program fee and may vary person to person.

Some examples include:

  • Personal mobile communication
  • Personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program
  • Additional meals that are not already identified as part of the Program Fee
  • Immunizations
  • Visas
  • Misc.

Please contact a Global Seminar Advisor if you have questions about the program fee. Connecting early with Enrolment Service Professionals will also be helpful in order to plan for your trip.

Global seminars refund and withdrawal policy

Refund on deposits

Students are eligible for a refund of their deposit minus the administrative fee ($407) if they withdraw from the program within 30 days of paying the deposit; this provides time to fill vacated spots so the cost to other students does not increase. After 30 days, the deposit is non-refundable. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global. Any funds allocated to students through the ARA program must be returned in their entirety.

Refund on program fees

Students who withdraw from a Global Seminar after having paid the remaining program fee are not eligible for a refund of their deposit or the program fee. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global. Any funds allocated to students through the ARA program must be returned in their entirety.

Students who decide to withdraw their application must submit a request in writing by email to the Global Seminar Advisor at