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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior, 5 - Graduate Program Type: ODU Faculty Led Program
Maximum Credits Earned: 3 Minimum GPA: 2.0
Language of Instruction: English Area(s) of Study: Communication, Geography
Faculty Leader: Allen, M., Socha, T.
Program Description:
Spring Break in

March 1-9, 2018
Lifespan Communication, Geography and Wellness
COMM 495/595, 497/597
GEOG 496/596, 497/597

This course examines the intersections of communication, geography, and wellness from lifespan and global perspectives in the context of Cuba. Topics to be covered include the history/evolution of health and wellness in Cuban culture: wellness includes healthcare systems, food/nutrition systems, as well as recreation/sports systems. 
PREREQUISITE: All students must be in good academic standing and have the permission of the faculty leader to participate.

*Students must register and pay for three credits of  COMM 495/595, 497/597 or GEOG 496/596. 497/597  (3 credits) during spring 2018 registration in order to participate in this program.

Sample Syllabus - 

Old Havana
Visit an organic farm

El Moro Castle

Visit the U.S. Embassy

Museum of the Revolution

Museum of Chocolate

Visit Havana University

Las Terrazasa Eco-community

Abdala Studio

Cuba Car beach


*Subject to change. The Office of Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Socha #2Dr. Tom Socha is a 27-year ODU communication scholar, professor, and graduate program director, specializing in family communication, chlildren's communication, lifespan communication, and positive communication. Past President of the Southern States Communication Association


Michael Allen  Dr. Michael Allen is an Assistant Professor of Geography at ODU where he focuses on climate change and environmental hazards. Dr.  Allen earned his  Ph.D. (2014) in Geography from Kent State University.  In an attempt to understand better the diverse world in    which we live, Dr. Allen has traveled  extensively to places such as Australia, China, Cuba, Germany, and Moldova. 


Program Cost with Dean's Academic Scholarship Award:

Cost includes:  Round trip airfare from/to Norfolk, airport transfers in Cuba, double or triple accommodations, breakfast, all in-country transportation, lectures, entrance fees, international travel & health insurance, and study abroad fee.

Not included: Tuition for 3 credits-participants are required to register for either COMM 495/595, 497/597 or GEOG 495/595. 497/597,  passport fees, meals other than breakfasts and those specified in the itinerary, possible $25 airline luggage fee each way, and expenses of a personal nature.

*ODU scholarships: 
Dean’s Education Abroad Awards are available for the first 7 qualified students accepted for this program.  Eligibility: Full-time, degree-seeking, ODU student, 2.5 GPA or higher, approval of participation by the Office of Study Abroad and the program’s faculty leader. Completion of online application, advising and deposit payment holds your space for scholarship consideration; no additional scholarship application necessary.

If eligible, scholarship award will be credited to your student account sometime in late spring. The Office of Study Abroad handles these arrangements and will notify you via email. 

Estimated cost without scholarship: $3,500

Financial Aid: For some students, regular student financial aid support may be increased due to the additional cost of studying abroad. Students seeking financial aid should obtain a program budget from the Office of Study Abroad.  

Payment Schedule: 
$300 deposit upon application; 1st half of remaining total due on November 17, 2017 and the 2nd half on January 12, 2018.

Dr.Tom Socha
Director, Graduate Program in Lifespan & Digital Communication
Department of Communication & Theatre Arts
BAL 3054 (757-683-3833) or

Dr. Michael Allen
Assistant Professor
Political Science and Geography
BAL 7035 
Norfolk, VA 23529
Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.


This program is currently not accepting applications.