Cuba - Business and Society in Cuba

Program Dates
Saturday, March 5, 2022 to Saturday, March 12, 2022

Students will participate in lectures at Appalachian State University prior to departure and at the University of Havana while in Cuba. These lectures will cover topics such as the history of Cuba and Cuba-US relations, the Effects of the Embargo, Health and Education in Cuba and Entrepreneurship in Cuba. These lectures will be linked to site visits to museums, government organizations, agricultural cooperatives, entrepreneurial ventures, etc. Applications will open in November. Please contact the program leader to be placed on their interest list.


  • MBA 5020– International Seminar in Cuba (3 credits)
  • MBA 5030 – International Seminar in Cuba (off-campus students) (3 credits)
  • BUS 4045 - Advanced International Business Seminar in Cuba (3 credits)

Credits (3 credit hours)

    • MBA 5020/5030 – This 3 semester hour course fulfills the international requirement for the MBA program and is an elective for the international business concentration. Prerequisite: Graduate status.
    • BUS 4045 - This 3 semester hour course fulfills the ENT experiential course requirement, International Business major or minor electives (major, approved, required or other), a HOS elective, a COB elective or upper level elective and fulfills the Global Issues requirement. Prerequisite: 84 earned hours


Billable Program Cost: $3,500.00 (This price is an estimate and may change due to COVID-19 protocols.)
Includes: airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation Insurance, program events, most meals, and OIED and CCS administrative fee.

Estimated Additional Student Cost: $ 400
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: immunizations, personal expenses, two meals not included in the program.  

Program Leaders

Dr. Rachel Shinnar
Associate Professor, Management

Dr. Rachel Shinnar is an Associate Professor of Management in the Walker College of Business, teaching courses  such as Organizational Behavior, Contemporary Issues in Management and Leadership and International Human Resource Management. Her research interest include Entrepreneurial Intentions, Minority & Female entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education and Careers and upward mobility for Hispanic immigrants in North America.  Dr. Shinnar earned her Bachelors at the University of Tel Aviv and a PhD and Masters from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Dr. Shinnar has traveled extensively. This will be her sixth program in Cuba.


Students not eligible for this program who want to participate should contact the program leader to ask if accommodations can be made.
Eligible Groups: 
Appalachian undergraduates
Undergraduate business majors
MBA students
Appalachian graduate students