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Liberal Arts in Spanish

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Jan, 2025

May, 2025

Oct 15, 2024

$15.700

Program Overview

Immerse Yourself in Cuban Culture and Spanish Studies! 

Our Liberal Arts in Spanish program in Havana, Cuba, offers a semester-long deep dive into the rich tapestry of Cuban culture, history, and society, all through the lens of the Spanish language. This immersive academic experience is designed for students who wish to explore a wide range of subjects from a unique Cuban perspective, enhancing their Spanish proficiency in an environment rich with history and vibrant cultural expressions.

Highlights:

  • Comprehensive Spanish Language Study: Tailored courses aimed at improving your Spanish through intensive language classes and immersion in the local environment.
  • Diverse Curriculum: Engage with subjects such as Cuban history, literature, art, and sociology, all taught in Spanish to provide a multidimensional understanding of Cuban society.
  • Cultural Immersion: Experience Havana’s unique culture through excursions, cultural events, and interactions with local students and community members, offering an unparalleled insight into Cuban life.

Havana, with its historic charm and dynamic cultural scene, provides an inspiring backdrop for students to explore liberal arts in Spanish. The program is structured to foster not only language development but also a deep understanding of the subjects from a Cuban perspective.

Embark on a semester in Havana to enrich your academic journey with an authentic immersion in Cuban culture and Spanish language studies, set in one of the most fascinating cities in the Caribbean.

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Language

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.

History

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.

Architecture

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

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.

Food

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

Housing

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.

Academics

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:

Subject

Course

Courses

Art/Design/Architecture

SPAN 344H is a course focusing on the history of art. Through lectures, discussions, and visual analysis, students explore significant artistic movements, styles, and works of art from various historical periods. Emphasis is placed on understanding the cultural, social, and political contexts that shaped artistic production and reception. By studying key artists, artworks, and art theories, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of art across different civilizations and time periods.

Contact Hours: 64

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 342H is a course dedicated to the study of Hispanic literature. Through readings, discussions, and critical analysis, students explore literary works from Spanish-speaking countries and regions. Emphasis is placed on understanding the cultural, historical, and social contexts in which the texts were produced, as well as the themes, styles, and techniques employed by the authors. By engaging with a diverse selection of literary works, students gain insight into the richness and diversity of Hispanic literary traditions.

Contact Hours: 64

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 340H is a course that delves into the history of Ibero-American and Caribbean culture. Through lectures, discussions, and multimedia resources, students explore the cultural, social, and historical developments of the Ibero-American and Caribbean regions. Emphasis is placed on understanding the diverse influences, traditions, and identities that have shaped these cultures over time. Topics may include colonial legacies, cultural exchanges, artistic movements, and social movements. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of Ibero-America and the Caribbean.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 338H is a course that examines Latin American society through the lens of film. Through screenings, discussions, and critical analysis, students explore the social, political, and cultural issues depicted in Latin American cinema. Emphasis is placed on understanding how films reflect and shape societal attitudes, identities, and realities in the region. Topics may include representations of race, class, gender, politics, and historical events. By engaging with a diverse selection of films, students gain insight into the complexities of Latin American society and develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of visual media.

Contact Hours: 64

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Tema I. Recapitulación del último tema impartido en Literatura cubana III. La creación del Ministerio de Cultura (1976). Los reajustes en la red de instituciones culturales que funcionan como soportes de la producción literaria. Los vínculos con la vida y el mercado internacional literarios. Tendencias del desarrollo literario cubano en la década de los ochenta. Tema II. El “Periodo Especial”. Su impacto en la red de instituciones que funcionan como soportes de la producción literaria. La era digital y las publicaciones electrónicas. El siglo XXI y el diálogo de nuestra literatura con el mercado internacional del libro. La actualidad más inmediata. Problemas de continuidad y ruptura estéticas. Tema III. La praxis literaria cubana en cada género entre 1976 y el año en curso: poesía, cuento, novela, teatro, ensayo, la crítica literaria y artística.

Contact Hours: 64

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Tema I. Recapitulación del último tema de Literatura cubana I, dedicado a la literatura en los inicios del siglo XX. La red de instituciones culturales que tributan a la producción literaria. El pensamiento cultural republicano. Los vínculos con la vida literaria internacional. Tema II. La segunda renovación modernista. La praxis literaria por géneros: poesía, cuento, novela, teatro, ensayo. Tema III. Las vanguardias. El pensamiento cultural del periodo. Los vínculos con la vida literaria internacional. La praxis literaria por géneros: poesía, cuento, novela, teatro, ensayo, crítica. Las publicaciones. Problemas de continuidad y ruptura estéticas. Tema IV. Las tendencias posvanguardistas y antivanguardistas. Los aportes cualitativos de la producción literaria hasta 1959. La praxis literaria por géneros. Tema V. La literatura a partir de 1959 hasta 1976. La red de instituciones literarias que tributan a la producción literaria. Los vínculos con la vida literaria internacional. Los problemas cualitativos de continuidad y ruptura estéticas. La praxis literaria por géneros.

Contact Hours: 64

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 330H is a course that focuses on Cuban literature. Through readings, discussions, and critical analysis, students explore the rich literary tradition of Cuba. Emphasis is placed on understanding the cultural, historical, and social contexts in which Cuban literature has evolved. Topics may include key literary movements, prominent authors, and representative works from different periods in Cuban history. By engaging with a diverse selection of texts, students gain insight into the unique perspectives, themes, and styles that characterize Cuban literature.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 328H is a course that delves into linguistic studies, focusing specifically on stylistics. Through theoretical discussions, practical exercises, and analysis of authentic texts, students explore the principles and techniques of stylistic analysis in Spanish language texts. Emphasis is placed on understanding how linguistic choices such as vocabulary, syntax, and rhetoric contribute to meaning and style in written and spoken discourse. By the end of the course, students will have developed a deeper appreciation for the nuances of language use and gained skills in analyzing and interpreting stylistic features in Spanish texts.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 326H is a course that focuses on linguistic studies, specifically the lexicon of the Spanish language. Through theoretical discussions, practical exercises, and analysis of lexical data, students explore the principles and methods of lexico​logical analysis. Emphasis is placed on understanding the structure, formation, and usage of words in Spanish, as well as the historical development and regional variations of the Spanish lexicon. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper understanding of the rich and dynamic vocabulary of the Spanish language and its significance in communication and language variation.

Contact Hours: 45

Credits: 3

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 324H is a course that introduces students to the fundamental concepts of phonetics and phonology in the Spanish language. Through theoretical discussions, practical exercises, and analysis of speech sounds, students explore the production, transmission, and perception of sounds in Spanish. Emphasis is placed on understanding the articulatory mechanisms, phonetic transcription, and phonological patterns of Spanish speech. By the end of the course, students will have gained a solid foundation in the study of phonetics and phonology, enabling them to analyze and describe the sounds of Spanish accurately.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 322H 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.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 320H is a course that delves into the history of Cuba. Through lectures, discussions, and readings, students explore the key events, movements, and figures that have shaped the development of Cuba from pre-colonial times to the present day. Emphasis is placed on understanding the social, political, economic, and cultural dynamics that have influenced Cuban society. Topics may include colonization, independence struggles, revolution, post-revolutionary developments, and contemporary issues. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deeper understanding of the complexities and significance of Cuban history within the broader context of Latin American and global history.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 365H is a course that explores the cultural and social realities of Cuba. Through lectures, discussions, and experiential learning activities, students delve into various aspects of Cuban culture, society, and identity. Emphasis is placed on understanding the historical, political, economic, and cultural factors that have shaped contemporary Cuban life. Topics may include race and ethnicity, gender relations, religion, arts and literature, popular culture, and socio-economic issues. By engaging with diverse perspectives and primary sources, students gain insight into the complexities and nuances of Cuban cultural and social dynamics.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 313H is a course designed for near-native and native speakers of Spanish seeking to perfect their language skills. Through advanced-level discussions, writing assignments, and linguistic analysis, students refine their proficiency in Spanish. Emphasis is placed on achieving fluency, accuracy, and cultural competence in various contexts. Topics may include advanced grammar, idiomatic expressions, stylistic nuances, and sociolinguistic aspects of the Spanish language. By the end of the course, students will have honed their ability to communicate effectively and confidently at a near-native or native level in Spanish.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 311H is a course focusing on the integral usage of the Spanish language at a superior level. Designed for advanced students, the course encompasses a comprehensive approach to language acquisition and refinement. Through immersive activities, advanced discussions, and written assignments, students enhance their fluency, expand their vocabulary, and deepen their understanding of grammatical structures. Emphasis is placed on mastering complex language skills necessary for sophisticated communication in diverse contexts. By the end of the course, students will have elevated their proficiency to a superior level, demonstrating advanced competence in Spanish language usage.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 309H is an advanced Spanish course designed to further develop 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

La asignatura se ha concebido con un enfoque comunicativo. Las clases se basan en la práctica receptiva y productiva de las habilidades lingüísticas orales y escritas que proporcionan al estudiante los conocimientos y estrategias necesarios para interactuar en un país hispanohablante y emplear la lengua española como medio de comunicación en contextos formales. Las actividades (de aprendizaje, de comunicación y tareas) conceden gran importancia a la participación activa y consciente de cada uno de los estudiantes, y a su acción e interacción dentro y fuera del grupo. El profesor, como mediador del proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje facilita la reflexión lingüística, en caso que sea necesario, y propone actividades para desarrollar la.competencia comunicativa. Las clases se imparten exclusivamente en español, en ella se producen todas la interacciones y se orientan las tareas. Como guías de orientación, el programa toma en cuenta el Marco Común Europeo de Referencia (MRE) y el Plan Curricular del Instituto Cervantes (PCIC).

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.

 

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