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January Study Abroad in Spanish


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Jan 2, 2025

Jan 25, 2025

Oct 15, 2024


Program Overview

Kickstart Your Year with Cuban Culture and Spanish Learning! 

Our January Study Abroad program in Havana, Cuba, offers an intensive Spanish language and culture immersion, perfect for students looking to make significant strides in their Spanish proficiency while experiencing the rich cultural tapestry of Cuba. This short-term program is designed to maximize learning and cultural exploration in one of the most vibrant and historically rich settings in the Caribbean.


  • Intensive Spanish Language Courses: Focus on rapid improvement in Spanish skills through immersive classes tailored to various proficiency levels.
  • Cultural Immersion: Dive deep into Cuban culture with activities, city tours, and interactions that bring the history, art, and traditions of Havana to life.
  • Unique Setting: Havana’s unique blend of historical significance, cultural richness, and dynamic daily life provides an inspiring backdrop for learning and exploration.

This January, immerse yourself in the heart of Cuban culture and language. Whether you’re beginning your Spanish journey or advancing your proficiency, Havana offers a unique and enriching environment for growth and discovery.

Join us for an unforgettable start to the year in Havana, where intensive Spanish learning meets immersive cultural experiences in one of the most captivating cities in the world.

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Language in Havana, Cuba, reflects its rich history, with Spanish being the predominant language, interwoven with vibrant local expressions and influences from Afro-Cuban traditions. Participate in language exchanges and engage with locals to fully experience the unique dialect of the region.


Seemingly caught in the 1950s, Havana’s history is palpable in its streets. From vintage cars coasting past the colonial-era architecture of Old Havana to the revolutionary landmarks, the city showcases a narrative that spans centuries of Spanish colonization, pirate attacks, and the Cuban Revolution.


Havana’s architecture is a captivating testament to its rich history, featuring a blend of Spanish colonial, neoclassical, and art deco styles that adorn the city’s skyline. From the meticulously restored pastel-colored facades of Old Havana’s colonial buildings to the grandeur of the Capitolio, each architectural gem narrates a story of the city’s diverse cultural influences and its resilience over the centuries.


Art in Havana thrives with a dynamic fusion of contemporary and traditional influences, evident in vibrant street murals, galleries, and the world-renowned Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, showcasing Cuba’s artistic evolution.


Havana’s culinary scene is a delectable fusion of Spanish, African, and Caribbean influences, with iconic dishes like Ropa Vieja (shredded beef) and Moros y Cristianos (black beans and rice) tantalizing taste buds. From paladares, privately-owned restaurants, to vibrant street food stalls, Havana offers a diverse gastronomic experience that celebrates the island’s rich culinary heritage.

Cultural Immersion

Immersing yourself in Havana’s culture means embracing lively music, dance, and the warmth of its people, participating in local festivals, and discovering the rhythm of daily life in this vibrant and resilient city.

Your semester in Havana offers more than just academic enrichment; it’s an immersive journey into the heart of Cuban culture. The cost of your program includes a variety of cultural activities and outings, thoughtfully curated by our Resident Director to enhance your experience. Here’s a sneak peek at what awaits you in Havana:

Welcome to Cuban Flavors: Start your adventure with a friendly welcome dinner, where you’ll savor local dishes like Ropa Vieja and Moros y Cristianos , connecting with fellow students and our local team.

Ceremonia del Cañonazo at Fortaleza San Carlos de la Cabaña: Experience the nightly cannon-firing ceremony at this historic fortress, providing a glimpse into Havana’s military history.

Explore the Cultural Highlights: Stroll through the four main squares of Old Havana, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco, and Plaza Vieja, each with its unique charm and historical significance. Wander through the grand Craft Stores to witness and purchase exquisite Cuban handicrafts, providing an opportunity to support local artisans.

Night at the Ballet: Attend a spectacular ballet performance, showcasing the grace and artistry of Cuban dancers, deeply rooted in the country’s cultural traditions.

Gastronomic Workshops: Delight in an immersive culinary experience with a Cuban cooking workshop, where you can learn to prepare traditional dishes and savor the rich flavors of Cuban cuisine.

Giving Back: Engage in a day of volunteering at a social project, contributing to community initiatives and gaining a deeper understanding of local challenges and efforts.

Museum Visits: Indulge in Cuba’s rum culture with a visit to the Rum Museum, exploring the history and production process of this iconic Cuban spirit. Appreciate Cuban and international art at the Museum of Fine Arts, home to an extensive collection spanning from colonial times to contemporary works.

New Connections: Partake in cultural exchanges through activities like enjoying a snack at a literary café, watching Cuban cinema, indulging in ice cream along the Malecón, and experiencing a vibrant night at Fábrica de Arte.

Fiesta Finale: Wrap up your stay with a delightful evening of local cuisine and perhaps even join in on local musical activities or festivities.

Please note that while most activities are included in your program’s cost, some may require a small additional fee. Availability of activities can vary depending on the program schedule.

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.
Rocίo Chavez
Resident Director


Casa Particular - Host Family

Staying in a casa particular with host families in Havana, Cuba goes beyond mere accommodation; it offers a unique opportunity for students to deeply immerse themselves in the city’s vibrant culture. Beyond the comfort of these homes, the real magic lies in the personal connections forged with the hosts. Many students find themselves exchanging stories, learning about Cuban history, and even partaking in local activities recommended by their hosts, creating lasting memories that extend beyond the duration of the stay.

These casas particulares are strategically situated in various neighborhoods, providing convenient access to Havana’s historical sites, cultural gems, and local experiences. The homes offer comfortable rooms, shared spaces for socializing, and the chance to savor homemade Cuban cuisine prepared by the hospitable hosts. From breakfast featuring tropical fruits to dinner showcasing traditional dishes, guests get to experience the rich and flavorful Cuban cuisine in an intimate setting.

Prices may vary depending on the location and amenities, and additional charges beyond our program costs could be required. Rest assured, our team carefully selects each casa particular to ensure a safe, welcoming, and enriching experience for a memorable stay in Havana.


Course Selection

The available courses for students vary by program and are distributed between the SSA center and local universities. Please see the selection below, and contact us for the most current course information:




Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 322HJ is a course dedicated to the exploration of Cuban culture. Through lectures, discussions, and multimedia resources, students delve into the diverse cultural expressions, traditions, and identities of Cuba. Emphasis is placed on understanding the historical, social, and political contexts that have shaped Cuban society. Topics may include art, music, literature, religion, cuisine, and popular culture. By engaging with a variety of cultural artifacts and perspectives, students gain insight into the richness and complexity of Cuban cultural heritage.
Prerequisites: Four semesters of college Spanish.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 309HJ is an advanced Spanish course designed to enhance language proficiency. Through interactive activities, discussions, and written assignments, students refine their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is placed on expanding vocabulary, mastering advanced grammatical structures, and improving communication skills in various contexts. By engaging with authentic materials and cultural content, students deepen their understanding of Hispanic cultures and societies. By the end of the course, students will have enhanced their ability to communicate effectively and fluently in Spanish at an advanced level.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 204HJ is an intermediate Spanish course designed to build upon foundational language skills. Through interactive activities, discussions, and written assignments, students further develop their proficiency in Spanish. Emphasis is placed on expanding vocabulary, mastering intermediate grammatical structures, and improving communication skills in various contexts. By engaging with authentic materials and cultural content, students deepen their understanding of Hispanic cultures and societies. By the end of the course, students will have enhanced their ability to communicate effectively and confidently in Spanish at an intermediate level.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Academic Institutions

The Universidad de la Habana, founded in 1728, stands as one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in Cuba. Nestled in the heart of Havana, the university boasts a rich history and a commitment to academic excellence. The main campus, characterized by its neoclassical architecture, exudes a sense of tradition and intellectual vibrancy. The university has played a pivotal role in the country’s cultural and political landscape, producing influential figures in various fields, including literature, science, and politics.

The Universidad de la Habana offers a diverse range of academic programs across faculties and schools, catering to a broad spectrum of disciplines. With a focus on research and innovation, the university serves as a hub for intellectual exploration and academic inquiry. The lush campus provides a stimulating environment for students, fostering a sense of community and collaboration. Students at the Universidad de la Habana not only engage in rigorous academic pursuits but also contribute to the university’s rich tapestry of cultural and social activities, creating a holistic and transformative educational experience.


Why This Program?

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Oct 15, 2024

Jan 2, 2025

Jan 25, 2025


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