Comparative Study Tour: Perspectives on Educational Technology and Inclusion in Cuba

image of town center in Cuba

The College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development are pleased to announce the following study abroad program.


  • Convene in Miami on January 7, 2017
  • Includes round trip airfare from Miami to Havana; 3-4 star hotels; most meals; sightseeing
  • Meet with educational professionals, ministry officials, academic researchers, and visit schools, University of Havana, and the Literacy Museum
  • Guided tours of historic sites, including Old and New Havana, Regla, Vinales valley, Vales de los Ingenios, Santa Clara, Hemingway village, Trinidad, Bay of Pigs, and Farm of Alligators

Important note:
Commitment to full participation in the program is required for every member of the delegation. There will NOT be opportunity for individual exploration. Participants should be aware that the study tour involves moderate physical activity, including the ability to walk a mile or two, to climb a modest number of stairs, and to be "on one's feet" for an hour or two at a time.

The Program

Designed for educators, researchers, and professionals, this study tour will allow participants to translate their local knowledge to an international setting, Cuba, through a comparative framework. Since diplomatic relationship was severed in 1961, relations between the United States and Cuba have been tormented and complex, but changes are afoot, and concrete signs of a new beginning. Cuba is undergoing transformations as it seeks to reform its economic, political, and social foundations as well as its educational systems. Taking a comparative approach, we will examine these ongoing changes through visit to schools and higher education institutions, considering such areas as the structure and delivery methods of education; educator preparation; technological resources; and inclusive practices. We will receive daily briefings that will provide many opportunities to share information, insights, and resources, and enjoy opportunities to network and develop professional connections with U.S. and Cuban colleagues. In addition, enriching context will be provided through a number of cultural excursions that will explore Cuba’s rich and complex history.

This study tour is supported in part through grants received by Felicia Wilczenski from the Office of Global Programs and the Healey Library, University of Massachusetts Boston.

Academic Credit

Participants will earn 3 graduate credits in EDUC G 697 or GISD 697: Comparative Study Tour: Perspectives on Educational Technology and Inclusion in Cuba. Advanced undergraduates may enroll with the approval of their advisor. An independent study can be arranged with consent of the instructor.


Felicia L. Wilczenski, EdD
Professor and Associate Dean
College of Education and Human Development
School for Global Inclusion and Social Development
University of Massachusetts Boston


Please be advised that international programs are subject to change, slight or major, at any time due to circumstances beyond our control; this includes any and all fees, dates, itinerary, and program activities. We will do our best to inform all applicants of any changes in as timely a manner as possible.

Schedule & Fee

Program runs:
January 7-15, 2017

Early application and deposit recommended, as enrollment is limited. Participants will pay our tour operator, Colibri Boston, directly for travel services, and UMass Boston for tuition portion of the program. Upon acceptance and confirmation of registration in the program, UMass Boston will invoice participants directly for tuition charges.

The program fee includes: RT airfare Miami/Havana; all lodging, meals, entrance fees, and ground transport. The fee does not include airfare to/from Miami, nor does it include the tuition fee to UMass Boston.

To Apply

Applications may be downloaded and submitted at:

Colibri Boston & Cogito World Education
955 Massachusetts Ave., Suite 327
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Due with submission of application:

  • Passport cover page and brief biography
  • Balance of travel fee payment due to Colibri Boston by October 1, 2016
Full refund of deposit will be made for any applications that are denied by UMass Boston program director.

U.S. citizens need a valid passport and tourist card.

Accepted applicants must participate in a pre-travel orientation by conference call or online scheduled several weeks prior to departure.

More Information

For course information, please contact:

Felicia L. Wilczenski, EdD