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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: 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: Sport Management
Faculty Leader: Case, R.
Program Description:
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Cuban Sports Model: Baseball

March 1-9, 2018
SMGT 495/595
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The Cuban Sports Model: Baseball as a Special Topics SMGT 495/595 is designed as a study of the nature and scope of international sports. Cuba offers a rich sport and cultural history that is very different from the United States and will offer a tremendous international study abroad experience for ODU students. 

The sport industry has become very global in nature. The Olympic Games is a multi-billion dollar sport industry that has linkages to every continent in the world. Amateur sport governing bodies and international federations currently operate on a worldwide scale. Professional leagues in baseball, soccer, basketball, and other sports are continuing to expand throughout the world. Understand the nature and scope of international sport in terms of goals and mission, socio-cultural connections, governance, economics, management systems, legal processes, funding sources, marketing, and connections to the overall globalization of sport are essential areas of study for ODU students who intend to be future sport management professionals. 

This program is designed to focus on the Cuban Sports Model with an emphasis on baseball in order to compare and contrast it the United States Sports Model. Another important goal of this study abroad course is to examine the historical, socio-cultural, economic, and political underpinnings of sport that exists in Cuba and forms the basis of present sport in Cuba. Cuba has recently opened its borders to study abroad programs and tourism from the United States. It offers a rich sport and cultural history that are very different from the United States. 

Tentative class schedule: Course meetings will be determined by the faculty leader. 

Tentative Syllabus:
Note: Course syllabus is subject to change. Please check with faculty leader for finalized syllabus.
SMGT 495.595.2018 Syllabus.pdf 

PREREQUISITES: All students must be in good academic standing with a 2.0 GPA or above and have junior standing.
*Students must register and pay for three credits of either SMGT 495 or 595 (3 credits) during Spring 2018 registration in order to participate in this program. SMGT 495 can be substituted for SMGT 455 Sport in Contemporary Society. 


Revolution Square

Ministry of Cuban Sports, Physical Education, and Recreation

Ciudad Deportiva

Estadio Latinoamericano 

Baseball Hall of Fame

Palmar de Junco stadium


*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

Faculty Leader: Robert Case 

Robert Case is an Associate Professor in the department of Sports Managment.  Over the years, he has served as a college professor, athletic administrator and athletic team coach at the college and high school levels.  He also served for five years as the Project Administrator for ODU's National Youth Sport Programs in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. He has led students on various domestic educational programs and took students to Asia to study Sports & Society in 2008 and  to Amsterdam, Paris, and Rotterdam in 2015.

Financial Information

Program Cost with Dean's Academic Scholarship Award: $3,100

Cost Includes:
Roundtrip airfare from/to Norfolk, airport transfers in Havana, accommodations (double/triple rooms; single supplement extra, if available), entrance fees, some meals, health insurance, and study abroad fee. 

Not included:
ODU Tuition for 3 credits (participants are required to register for credit), meals not included in program fee, transport other than indicated above, expenses of a personal nature.

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.  

*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

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

Robert Case
2025 Recreation Center
Norfolk, VA 23529
Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.


This program is currently not accepting applications.