MGMT 3010: An Introduction to Global Entrepreneurship

Undergraduate Global Enrichment in Cuba


Saturday, March 10, 2018 to Sunday, March 18, 2018

March 10 - 18, 2018 (Spring Break); class sessions* (Spring A-term and 3 weeks of B-term) - T/Th 1:45 - 3:25PM

*students will register for a full spring semester course

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Cuba is a dynamic society, deeply connected to the United States. Students will learn entrepreneurship concepts and apply them to opportunities in Cuba. Then the class will travel to Cuba over Spring Break to interact with Cuba entrepreneurs and leaders. After Spring Break students will apply their experience to future entrepreneurship opportunities.

Program schedule

During the week in Cuba students will have company visits and hold discussions with entrepreneurs in and around the capitol city, Havana. In addition to business visits, students will explore Cuban culture through tourism industry visits and a two-day trip to Veradero, east of Havana along the coast.  

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. Students will be charged a $50 application fee. The application cycle starts on September 1 and the priority deadline is October 1. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 4 weeks of the priority deadline.

Accepted students will have an informational interview to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of studying abroad in Cuba.   Please contact the Program Manager, Stephanie Berkas, if you have any questions.


This program is open to University undergraduate students in good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of application. The application process is competitive, and space is limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Location details

Founded in 1519, Havana is the largest city in Cuba with a population of two million. It is the political and economic hub of the country, and boasts a vibrant arts scene—from the music for which the island nation is famous, to film, dance, and visual arts. Havana’s strategic location in the Caribbean once made Cuba an important colonial possession.  In 1982, Old Havana was named a UNESCO World Heritage site and the restoration process has been recognized internationally for its success in combining historic preservation and investments for international tourism with local community development.  With the recent reestablishment of U.S. ties with Cuba, it is a particularly pivotal time to experience the developing business and entrepreneurial culture of our neighbor to the south.

*Please note that internet connectivity will be very limited and expensive. US cell phones will also not work in Cuba.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Program Manager, Stephanie Berkas, before submitting an application.

Housing and Food

Students are housed in homestays for the duration of the overseas program. Students will share a room with one or two classmates of their same gender. Because networking and community-building are key parts of the program, students will not have the option of a single room. Guests are not permitted during the program. Breakfast will be provided daily at your homestay. Lunch and dinner will be provided most days of the program as well, either with your homestay hosts or with the class group.

*Please note that the variety of food available in Cuba will be limited and chain restaurants that you are used to in the United States (McDonald's, Starbuck's, Subway, etc) do not have any locations in Cuba.  If you have any concerns about food or dietary restrictions, please contact the Program Manager, Stephanie Berkas, before submitting an application.


  • 30 University of Minnesota undergraduate students

Pre-departure Classes

Spring full semester - T/Th 1:45 - 3:25PM

Academics and credits

  • 4 credits
  • Grading is A-F basis

Academic term(s)


Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please see Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

Cost table

2017-2018 Tuition for 4 academic credits (included in the 13+ credit tuition plateau)$0
Program Fee (including group flight, lodging, program events, Cuba Entry visa, breakfast daily, two group meals, and int'l health insurance*)$4,400
International airfare between Minnesota and Cuba (included in Program Fee) $0
Passport and Photos$145
Hotel Accommodation (included in Program Fee)$0
Daily Living Expenses (local transportation, incidentals, internet, laundry, etc)*$340
Meals (lunch and dinners not included in Program Fee)$300
*includes $90 for domestic and charter flight baggage fees

Program Manager

Stephanie Berkas


Steve Spruth


Short-Term May/June

Degree level