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Havana, Cuba

Spend a Summer in Havana, Cuba!

Experience the blend of African, European, and American cultures that form Havana and Cuba.

The city of La Habana, founded in 1514, and named after a local aboriginal chief, is Cuba’s cosmopolitan capital. Havana was once one of the most prosperous ports, and the third most populous city in the Americas. A beautiful city, with idyllic landscapes, captivating bays, and a rich, diverse culture, Havana is the site for an ideal learning experience.


  • Two Summer Terms
  • Classes scheduled Monday through Friday
  • Average class size: 10
  • 4  semester credits
The Summer Term consists of a four-week Intensive Language and Culture session during the month of June. All courses are taught in Spanish by highly qualified Cuban university professors with extensive experience in teaching American students.
During your stay in Cuba, you are housed in a small hotel for visiting scholars that is part of the Univesity of Havana. You share a room with another Spanish Studies Abroad student and are provided three meals a day.
The cost for each individual term is $3,900.
Program Dates/Application Deadlines
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Spanish Studies recommends that you apply as early as possible to allow more time for pre-departure arrangements.

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Application Procedures
To be eligible, you must have a 3.0 GPA in Spanish Coursework, completion of one course in college-level Spanish or the equivalent and class standing junior or senior during program.
Next Steps
After acceptance, complete the following required items.
Culture/City Information
The city of La Habana, founded in 1514, and named after a local aboriginal chief, is Cuba’s cosmopolitan capital.