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Summer Study Abroad in Spanish

Term

Start Date

End Date

Deadline

Price

Summer, 2025

Jun, 2025

Jun, 2025

Apr 15, 2025

$5.300

Summer, 2024

Jun 1, 2024

Jun 29, 2024

Apr 15, 2024

$5.300

Program Overview

Experience the Vibrancy of Cuban Summer with Spanish Immersion! 

Our Summer Study Abroad program in Havana, Cuba, is an immersive journey into Spanish language and Cuban culture. Designed for students at all levels of Spanish proficiency, this program combines intensive language instruction with deep cultural immersion in one of the most historically rich and vibrant cities in the Caribbean.

Highlights:

  • Intensive Spanish Language Learning: Tailored courses designed to enhance your Spanish skills, from basic communication to advanced linguistic competence.
  • Cultural Immersion: Engage in a rich array of cultural activities, excursions, and interactions that showcase the depth of Cuban heritage, arts, and daily life.
  • Dynamic Setting: Havana, with its unique blend of colonial architecture, revolutionary history, and lively street life, offers an unparalleled backdrop for studying Spanish and exploring culture.

Spend your summer in Havana to not only boost your Spanish but also to immerse yourself in the rhythms, colors, and textures of Cuban life. This program offers a unique opportunity to learn in a setting that is as educational as it is exhilarating.

Join us for a summer in Havana, where learning Spanish goes hand in hand with discovering the heart and soul of Cuban culture.

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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

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 330HS is a specialized course focusing 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.
Prerequisites: Four semesters of college Spanish.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 322HS 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 320HS 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.
Prerequisites: Four semesters of college Spanish.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Es un curso concebido desde la perspectiva de la enseñanza comunicativa de lenguas. Las clases impartidas se basan en la práctica productiva y receptiva de habilidades lingüísticas orales y escritas que proveen al estudiante de estrategias y conocimientos necesarios para interactuar en un medio hispanohablante.

Contact Hours: 80

Credits: 5

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 311HS 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: 80

Credits: 5

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Es un curso concebido desde la perspectiva de la enseñanza comunicativa de lenguas. Las clases impartidas se basan en la práctica productiva y receptiva de habilidades lingüísticas orales y escritas que proveen al estudiante de estrategias y conocimientos necesarios para interactuar en un medio hispanohablante.

Contact Hours: 80

Credits: 5

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Es un curso concebido desde la perspectiva de la enseñanza comunicativa de lenguas. Las clases impartidas se basan en la práctica productiva y receptiva de habilidades lingüísticas orales y escritas que proveen al estudiante de estrategias y conocimientos necesarios para interactuar en un medio hispanohablante.

Contact Hours: 80

Credits: 5

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.

 

Academics

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Subject

Course

Courses

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 330HS is a specialized course focusing 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.
Prerequisites: Four semesters of college Spanish.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 322HS 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 320HS 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.
Prerequisites: Four semesters of college Spanish.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Es un curso concebido desde la perspectiva de la enseñanza comunicativa de lenguas. Las clases impartidas se basan en la práctica productiva y receptiva de habilidades lingüísticas orales y escritas que proveen al estudiante de estrategias y conocimientos necesarios para interactuar en un medio hispanohablante.

Contact Hours: 80

Credits: 5

Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 311HS 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: 80

Credits: 5

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Es un curso concebido desde la perspectiva de la enseñanza comunicativa de lenguas. Las clases impartidas se basan en la práctica productiva y receptiva de habilidades lingüísticas orales y escritas que proveen al estudiante de estrategias y conocimientos necesarios para interactuar en un medio hispanohablante.

Contact Hours: 80

Credits: 5

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Es un curso concebido desde la perspectiva de la enseñanza comunicativa de lenguas. Las clases impartidas se basan en la práctica productiva y receptiva de habilidades lingüísticas orales y escritas que proveen al estudiante de estrategias y conocimientos necesarios para interactuar en un medio hispanohablante.

Contact Hours: 80

Credits: 5

Important Links

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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Apr 15, 2025

Jun, 2025

Jun, 2025

$5.300

Apr 15, 2024

Jun 1, 2024

Jun 29, 2024

$5.300

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