Havana, Cuba | Liberal Arts in Spanish

Providing unique learning experiences for North American university students since 1969

Program Information

Take courses in Spanish specifically designed for study abroad students. Attend classes with other international students studying Spanish language, culture, history, business, education, social sciences, and more. Spanish Studies Abroad on-site resident directors and local professors teach a cultural reflection course to help you understand and integrate with the culture.聽

Why choose this program?

Requirements

Choose your term

Start Date: Sept, 2024
Apply by: Apr 15, 2024
End Date: Dec, 2024
Cost: $15.700
Start Date: Jan 20, 2024
Apply by: Oct 31, 2023
End Date: May 4, 2024
Cost: $15.500

Choose your courses

Courses Term
Content
SPAN 344H - HISTORY OF ART
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.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 64
Fall, Spring
Content
SPAN 342H - HISPANIC LITERATURE
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.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 64
Fall, Spring
Content
SPAN 340H - A HISTORY OF IBERO-AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN CULTURE I
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.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Content
SPAN 338H - LATIN AMERICAN SOCIETY & FILM
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.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 64
Fall, Spring
Content
SPAN 334H - LITERARY ANALYSIS II
Tema I. Recapitulaci贸n del 煤ltimo tema impartido en Literatura cubana III. La creaci贸n del Ministerio de Cultura (1976). Los reajustes en la red de instituciones culturales que funcionan como soportes de la producci贸n literaria. Los v铆nculos con la vida y el mercado internacional literarios. Tendencias del desarrollo literario cubano en la d茅cada de los ochenta. Tema II. El 鈥淧eriodo Especial鈥. Su impacto en la red de instituciones que funcionan como soportes de la producci贸n literaria. La era digital y las publicaciones electr贸nicas. El siglo XXI y el di谩logo de nuestra literatura con el mercado internacional del libro. La actualidad m谩s inmediata. Problemas de continuidad y ruptura est茅ticas. Tema III. La praxis literaria cubana en cada g茅nero entre 1976 y el a帽o en curso: poes铆a, cuento, novela, teatro, ensayo, la cr铆tica literaria y art铆stica.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 64
Fall, Spring
Content
SPAN 332H - LITERARY ANALYSIS I
Tema I. Recapitulaci贸n del 煤ltimo tema de Literatura cubana I, dedicado a la literatura en los inicios del siglo XX. La red de instituciones culturales que tributan a la producci贸n literaria. El pensamiento cultural republicano. Los v铆nculos con la vida literaria internacional. Tema II. La segunda renovaci贸n modernista. La praxis literaria por g茅neros: poes铆a, cuento, novela, teatro, ensayo. Tema III. Las vanguardias. El pensamiento cultural del periodo. Los v铆nculos con la vida literaria internacional. La praxis literaria por g茅neros: poes铆a, cuento, novela, teatro, ensayo, cr铆tica. Las publicaciones. Problemas de continuidad y ruptura est茅ticas. Tema IV. Las tendencias posvanguardistas y antivanguardistas. Los aportes cualitativos de la producci贸n literaria hasta 1959. La praxis literaria por g茅neros. Tema V. La literatura a partir de 1959 hasta 1976. La red de instituciones literarias que tributan a la producci贸n literaria. Los v铆nculos con la vida literaria internacional. Los problemas cualitativos de continuidad y ruptura est茅ticas. La praxis literaria por g茅neros.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 64
Fall, Spring
Content
SPAN 330H - CUBAN LITERATURE
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.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Content
SPAN 328H - LINGUISTIC STUDIES III: STYLISTICS
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.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Content
SPAN 326H - LINGUISTIC STUDIES II: LEXICOLOGY OF SPANISH
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鈥媗ogical 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.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Content
SPAN 324H - LINGUISTIC STUDIES I: PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY
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.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Content
SPAN 322H - CUBAN CULTURE
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.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Content
SPAN 320H - CUBAN HISTORY
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.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Cross-Cultural Reflection
SPAN 365H - CULTURAL AND SOCIAL REALITIES OF CUBA
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.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN 313H - INTEGRAL USAGE OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE: PERFECCIONAMIENTO FOR NEAR-NATIVE AND NATIVE SPEAKERS
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.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN 311H - INTEGRAL USAGE OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE 1: SUPERIOR LEVEL
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.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN 309H - ADVANCED SPANISH
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.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN 204H - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH
La asignatura se ha concebido con un enfoque comunicativo. Las clases se basan en la pr谩ctica receptiva y productiva de las habilidades ling眉铆sticas orales y escritas que proporcionan al estudiante los conocimientos y estrategias necesarios para interactuar en un pa铆s hispanohablante y emplear la lengua espa帽ola como medio de comunicaci贸n en contextos formales. Las actividades (de aprendizaje, de comunicaci贸n y tareas) conceden gran importancia a la participaci贸n activa y consciente de cada uno de los estudiantes, y a su acci贸n e interacci贸n dentro y fuera del grupo. El profesor, como mediador del proceso de ense帽anza-aprendizaje facilita la reflexi贸n ling眉铆stica, en caso que sea necesario, y propone actividades para desarrollar la.competencia comunicativa. Las clases se imparten exclusivamente en espa帽ol, en ella se producen todas la interacciones y se orientan las tareas. Como gu铆as de orientaci贸n, el programa toma en cuenta el Marco Com煤n Europeo de Referencia (MRE) y el Plan Curricular del Instituto Cervantes (PCIC).
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring

What are you spending your program fee on?

For a specific price for this program please聽reach out to us, as fees vary depending on the destination.

What does the program fee include?

Tuition

Double occupancy room & full board

Laundry

Overnight & local study visits & cultural activities

Orientation

Health Insurance

Spanish Studies transcript

Support of onsite staff

Special Dietary Needs

Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other medical conditions that require a special diet may incur an extra fee to cover related dietary expenses. Please contact Spanish Studies for additional details.

All fees are in U.S. dollars and based on current exchange rates. Any considerable decrease in the value of the dollar will affect fees.

How much spending money should I budget for?

The figures below are high estimates for your term abroad.聽We figure the average student will spend about $75 per week while in Seville. Of course, some will spend more and others will spend less. Think about your lifestyle and budget accordingly.

In total, we recommend that semester students budget a minimum of about $1,000 per month for expenses in Seville. Though lodging, all meals, laundry, and study tours are included in the program fees, students will want to have extra spending money for going out with friends, making weekend trips on their own, or buying gifts to take back home.

These costs are merely orientative*

Some students will spend more and others will spend less, of course. Consider your lifestyle and budget accordingly.

While some restaurants are highly priced by U.S. standards, meals and snacks from small shops and vendors are very cheap. For the equivalent of $1-$2 you can buy small pizzas and cajitas 鈥 a filling meal of rice, beans, and meat with a little salad garnish, boxed to go. Licensed paladares (family-run restaurants) are good options at $8 to $12 for a nice meal.

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鈥檚 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.

Roc铆o Haro

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