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International Studies on Sustainable Agriculture - Cuba

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About the program

Coursework: LFS 302A (3 credits)

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.

Former LFS 302 Student - Brittany Buchanan
Canadian lawyer living in Havana - Gregory Biniowsky
Founding member of ANAP, Author - Mavis Alvarez
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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 go.global@ubc.ca if you are interested in the program but do not belong to the above programs.

Program fees and costs

The program fee ranges from $3,800 to $4,100.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.

Program Fee Includes
Program Fee Does Not Include
Accommodations in Cuba *Tuition 
In country travel that is related to the program *Flight 
Classroom fees *Incidentals 

All excursions and day- visits

Meals  - all but two lunches

Go Global Fee

*UBC Tuition - Not included. Part of your costs

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. Read about tuition fees.

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.

*Flights - Not Included. Part of your costs

Travel to Havana is a separate cost. You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.

*Incidentals - Not Included. Part of your costs

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

Global Seminars refund policy

Refund on deposits

Students are eligible for a refund of their deposit minus the administrative fee ($415) 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 go.global@ubc.ca.

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