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Havana Predeparture Information

Congratulations on your acceptance to study with SSA! We hope this is the beginning of an exciting and life-changing journey. Before you go, there are a few things we still need from you, which you may access by logging into your online account.

Below you will find important information regarding your program. These materials should answer most of your questions about the program and preparing to go abroad, but please do not hesitate to contact us!


This information may also be downloaded via the Visa Handbook. We recommend that you download and read it in addition to the information below. 

Your Resident Director, Rocío Haro, will provide the Universidad de La Habana (ULH) with the names of our accepted students, your arrival dates/departure dates, your passport numbers, and your addresses in Cuba. ULH will assign a radio number to each of you and inform the Cuban Embassy. You will receive more detailed instructions from SSA closer to departure.

In the meantime, you may follow these guidelines:


When booking your flight please refer to your program calendar.

2024 Summer (June) Term

2024 Fall Programs


You will be responsible for purchasing your own flight to Havana, Cuba. Commercial flights are becoming increasingly available. Check out companies such as JetBlue or American Airlines to see their options. Please note that charter flights are no longer the primary method of travel to Cuba from the United States. 

Health Insurance

All students attending SSA programs are provided with health insurance for the duration of the program. Please note that 30 days of health insurance is required as part of your flight purchase. Thus, for the initial 30 days of your program, your health insurance will be provided by your flight provider. After 30 days, your health insurance will be provided through SSA, and the plan will be Asistur. Please see the link below for more information on the benefits.

Additional Documentation

Although not required, SSA recommends you travel with your original acceptance letter. You will receive this in the mail after acceptance to the program.

Additional forms

To be completed and returned to SSA, as needed

Facebook page

Have you already “liked” the SSA Cuba Facebook page? If not, you should! You can use the page to see what current students are doing, as well as the events, activities, and excursions that are happening around Havana with Spanish Studies.

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