Study Abroad

The Study Abroad program in the Sport, Health, and Physical Education Department offers programs for credit that take place abroad. Previous programs have included stays in North America, the Caribbean, Central America and Europe. Information about upcoming programs can be found here.

Cuba 2015 - proposed dates abroad:  April 29 – May 9, 2015

Program Overview

This program is an “Examination of Physical Education, Sport and Culture in Cuba”.  Students are hosted by the National Institute of Sport, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER), in an academic and experiential program that details the pervasive role that physical activity plays in Cuban society.

Students travel from Vancouver Island to Varadero, Cuba and enjoy a “resort stay” before the academic program begins.  Over the course of 8 days, students will visit a variety of locations in and around Havana, whether they will witness first-hand the “Cuban system”.  Visits to schools at every age level as well as sport specific High Performance Sport Academics and National Training Centres will take place.  Our hosts will also provide us the opportunity to learn about the socio-economic and political realities that Cubans face.


The cost of the program will be approximately $2600.00 and includes:

  • All group travel expenses from Vancouver Island to Cuba return
  • All accommodations at resorts in Varadero and Business class Hotels in Havana
  • All meals in Cuba
  • All transportation while in Cuba
  • Academic program in Cuba
  • VIU Tuition for PHED 490
  • Program operational costs

Other costs by the participant:

  • Emergency out of country medical insurance (mandatory, and proof of purchase is required)
  • Passport, if required
  • Immunizations, if required
  • Personal or free time expenses

Students may be eligible to apply for the $350.00 International Education, Education Stipend.


All SHAPE students may apply, however space is limited.  Priority will be given to senior students and students who have completed PHED 325 and PHED 461.

Payment Schedule

  • October 1, 2014               $300.00 deposit (refundable for students not selected)
  • December 1, 2014            $1000.00 payment
  • January 16, 2015             $1000.00 payment
  • March 1, 2015                 balance if required