Study Spanish Abroadin Havana, Cuba
Providing unique learning experiences for North American university students since 1969
Havana, a beautiful city with historic neighborhoods, a captivating waterfront and a diverse cultural heritage, is the perfect setting for a meaningful cross-cultural learning experience. Founded in 1514, this Caribbean gem was a key to the Indies and one of the most prosperous ports in the Americas. As you explore the streets of Havana, the rhythms of rumba surround you, along with the sights and smells of Cuban culture.
The Cuban people are outgoing, friendly and interested in meeting Americans. Cubans, including fellow students at Universidad de La Habana, take pride in their country and in their diverse cultural and political heritage. Recent changes to US government regulations allow students enrolled in a college or university to travel to Cuba. Spanish Studies Abroad offers students the rare opportunity to immerse themselves in Cuba’s rich blend of African, European and American cultures, and to experience it from within.
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To enhance your cultural experience in Havana, Spanish Studies Abroad organizes various excursions, study visits and other activities throughout your semester. These activities are coordinated to enhance your class studies. Some sample cultural excursions may include:
- Old Havana
- Museum of the Revolution
- Afro-Cuban rumba performances
- Salsa concerts
- Cienfuegos Province
- Viñales in Pinar del Rio Province
- Matanzas Province
You will live with a host family in a casa particular. They will provide you with daily breakfast and dinner. For lunches, you can explore Havana on your own!
Your homestay will be located about a 25-minute walk from the Universidad de La Habana, where your classes will take place. Lodging is composed of double rooms with private bath, air conditioning, refrigerator. It is important, however, to understand that the living conditions in a developing country are neither luxurious nor fully functioning. Therefore be prepared for minor inconveniences such as occasional cold showers or low water pressure, a noisy air-conditioning unit or a malfunctioning television. It is important to remember that these minor inconveniences are an integral part of “the Cuban experience” and can be rich in their educational value.
For legal and safety reasons, students are required to live in Spanish Studies Abroad housing for the duration of the program. Contracting private housing is not permitted of students enrolled in programs taking place under the auspices of the University of Havana and may be illegal as well. Students entering into a housing agreement are therefore committed to living in the casa particular for the duration of their Spanish Studies Abroad program.
You will find that your Cuban family will become like another family for you. They not only welcome you into their homes, they are there to support you in your Havana living experience; tell them if you need something.
Don’t forget to consider a homestay gift for your host family!
Cuba’s principal and oldest institution of higher education, Universidad de La Habana (UH), is your the best opportunity to interact with Cuban peers and faculty. In the relatively small UH, virtually all students and professors know each other and enjoy a relaxed and comfortable learning atmosphere. This maximizes the opportunity for contact between Cuban and Spanish Studies Abroad students.
Spanish Studies Abroad has designed a selection of courses in Spanish language and Cuban studies, including Cuban literature, Afro-Cuban history, Cuban socialism, and Cuban cultural studies.
Meet your Resident Director
The best way to know 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.