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Study Abroad in Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba Programs

Spanish Study Abroad

Havana, Cuba

Experience the vibrant culture and rich history of the Caribbean with our Summer Study Abroad program in Havana, Cuba, offering a unique blend of educational enrichment and immersive cultural exploration.
Short Term
Terms: Summer
Credits: 4-5 cr
Starting Price: $5,300
Study Abroad

Havana, Cuba

Kick off the year with an immersive cultural and educational experience during our J-Term Study Abroad program in Havana, Cuba, where history, culture, and academic learning converge in the heart of the Caribbean.
Short Term
Terms: J-Term
Credits: 4 cr
Starting Price: $5,300
Spanish Study Abroad

Havana, Cuba

Explore a wide array of subjects with our Liberal Arts in Advanced Spanish program in Havana, Cuba, offering an immersive, in-depth academic experience tailored for students seeking to master the Spanish language amidst Cuba’s rich cultural backdrop.
Terms: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Credits: 16 cr
Starting Price: $15,700
Spanish Study Abroad

Havana, Cuba

Delve into the diverse world of humanities with our Liberal Arts in Spanish program in Barcelona, providing an enriching academic journey through Spain’s vibrant culture and history, all while advancing your Spanish language skills in one of Europe’s most dynamic cities.
Semester, Year
Terms: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Credits: 16 cr
Starting Price: $15,700

Overview of Havana, Cuba

Havana, renowned for its historic neighborhoods, captivating waterfront, and rich cultural heritage, offers an unparalleled setting for study abroad programs in Cuba. Established in 1514, this Caribbean treasure served as a critical gateway to the Indies and became one of the wealthiest ports in the Americas. As students navigate the streets of Havana, they are immersed in the vibrant rhythms of rumba and the unique sights and smells that embody Cuban culture.

The Cuban people are known for their warmth and hospitality, showing keen interest in connecting with students from the United States. This enthusiasm extends to the academic community at the Universidad de La Habana, where students take pride in their diverse cultural and political heritage. Recent changes to U.S. government regulations now allow college and university students to embark on study abroad experiences in Havana, Cuba. SSA offers a distinct opportunity for students to immerse themselves in Cuba’s rich mix of African, European, and American cultures, experiencing the country’s unique atmosphere firsthand.

Why choose Havana, Cuba over other destinations?

Havana offers an unparalleled immersion into a living museum of Cold War history and vibrant Caribbean culture, unmatched by other destinations. Its unique selling point lies in the opportunity to experience firsthand the resilience and richness of Cuban society, amidst its historical complexities and the warmth of its people.

Why Study Abroad in Havana, Cuba?

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Artistic Vibrance

Havana’s artistic landscape is a mesmerizing blend of the old and the new, where colonial architecture provides a backdrop for a thriving contemporary art scene. The city breathes creativity, from the historic halls of the National Museum of Fine Arts to the vibrant street art adorning the neighborhoods of Callejón de Hamel. Havana’s artistic heart beats loud and proud, offering a unique canvas for creative exploration and expression.

Culinary Diversity

Havana’s food scene is a testament to the island’s rich cultural heritage, offering a mix of traditional Cuban flavors and innovative culinary experiments. From the classic taste of ropa vieja and the sweet allure of mojitos to the burgeoning paladares (private restaurants) that push the boundaries of Cuban cuisine, Havana invites students to savor its diverse and tantalizing culinary landscape.

Language and Culture

Immersed in the rhythmic cadence of Spanish and the warmth of Cuban hospitality, Havana presents a unique cultural and linguistic journey. Students have the opportunity to dive deep into the Cuban way of life, learning Spanish not just in classrooms but through the lively interactions and rich storytelling of its people. This vibrant cultural immersion fosters a profound understanding of Cuban identity and heritage.

Life in Havana

Living in Havana is an adventure in resilience and beauty, where the city’s historical challenges interweave with its spirited daily life. Students can find themselves exploring the Malecón at sunset, engaging in community projects, or dancing to the infectious beats of salsa and son. Life in Havana is a rich tapestry of experiences, characterized by the warmth of its people and the city’s indomitable spirit. 🇨🇺✨

Hav Cesar Romero Csu Fullerton In Havana Fall 2019Your study abroad experience in Havana, Cuba, is an immersive journey into the heart and soul of Cuban culture, history, and society. Beyond the classroom, a curated selection of cultural activities and outings awaits, offering a deep dive into the rich tapestry of Cuban life. Here’s a preview of the vibrant cultural experiences that will enhance your stay in Havana:

🏛️ Cultural Visits: Explore Havana’s historical wealth with visits to key landmarks like the ceremonial Canon Blast Ceremony, delve into the legacy of Fidel Castro at the Centro Fidel Castro, marvel at the grandeur of the Capitol building, experience the traditional art of cigar-making at a local tobacco factory, uncover the treasures of the Casa de África, step into Ernest Hemingway’s life at Finca Vigía, discover the essence of Cuban spirits at the Museo del Ron, appreciate fine arts at the Museo de Bellas Artes, and feel the community spirit at Callejón de Hamel.

🚶‍♂️ Cultural Walks/Itineraries: Wander through the historic heart of Old Havana, visiting the four main squares that tell the story of the city’s evolution, and browse through grand craft markets to find unique artisanal treasures.

🍴 Culinary Experience: Participate in a Cuban cooking workshop, where you’ll learn to create traditional dishes, capturing the flavors that define Cuba’s culinary heritage.

🤲 Volunteer Day: Engage with the local community through a day of volunteering at a social project, offering a meaningful way to give back and gain insights into the challenges and resilience of the Cuban people.

🎭 Cultural Events: Be enchanted by the grace and beauty of a Ballet performance, showcasing Cuba’s rich tradition in the performing arts.

🤝 Cultural Exchanges: Enjoy authentic Cuban experiences like an afternoon snack at a literary café, watch Cuban cinema, savor ice cream on the Malecón, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of a night at Fábrica de Arte.

These activities are thoughtfully integrated into your program to ensure a holistic experience of Cuban culture, from its historic roots to its dynamic present. While most activities are included in your program’s cost, some may require a small additional fee. Availability of activities may vary depending on the program schedule. This enriching cultural itinerary promises to make your time in Havana unforgettable, connecting you deeply with the heart of Cuba. 🇨🇺✨

Meet your Resident Director

The best way to discover a culture is to live it in first person. When you come to Cuba you will not only have a unique experience, you will have known one of the most extraordinary places in the world. 

The idea of learning while traveling fascinates me, that’s why I enjoy my work so much. I was born in Seville (Spain) and have had the opportunity to know many places in the world, but without a doubt, I will keep the magic of Cuba. A place where you can expect the unexpected.
Rocío Haro
Resident Director, Havana, Cuba

The SSA Cuba Team with their students!

Homestays in Havana

Experience Cuban hospitality by living with a host family in a casa particular. Enjoy authentic daily breakfasts and dinners, with lunchtime as your chance to explore Havana’s eateries.

Located around a 25-minute walk from Universidad de La Habana, your homestay features double rooms with a private bathroom, air conditioning, and a refrigerator. Embrace the local living conditions, including the occasional cold shower or quirky appliances, as part of your authentic Cuban experience.

Due to legal and safety requirements, you must stay in approved housing throughout your program. This ensures your well-being and compliance with local regulations related to University of Havana programs.

Your Cuban host family will offer a supportive and welcoming environment, helping you navigate life in Havana. Feel free to share any needs or concerns with them.

Consider bringing a small gift for your host family as a gesture of appreciation and a way to strengthen your bond.

Where will you study?

The Universidad de La Habana, nestled in the vibrant heart of Havana, Cuba, is not only one of the oldest but also the most prestigious universities in Latin America. Established on January 5, 1719, by the Dominican friars, it has marked a significant before and after in Cuban history, especially following the Revolution of 1959. This public institution stands as a beacon of academic excellence and intellectual growth, deeply intertwined with the nation’s cultural and historical fabric.

Boasting 21 faculties and 18 research centers across various fields such as economics, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, the Universidad de La Habana offers a comprehensive educational experience. It currently hosts around 60,000 students enrolled in 32 different academic programs, reflecting its vast academic reach and commitment to fostering a diverse learning environment.

The university has been a pivotal site for student movements that significantly contributed to the Cuban Revolution, embedding it further into the country’s historical narrative. Its campus, renowned for its stunning neoclassical architecture, provides more than just a picturesque setting; it is a place where knowledge is pursued vigorously, fostering an academic atmosphere ripe for exploration, innovation, and critical thinking. Here, students from across the globe are drawn not only to its rich academic traditions but also to its unique position within the dynamic, historical, and cultural context of Cuba.

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