Havana, Cuba Spend a Semester 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. A Unique Cultural Experience All-inclusive program-sponsored excursions On-site cultural activities Numerous study visits, local and overnight Three-day weekends for travel Encounters with Cuban people eager to meet and talk with visitors Visit the Spanish Studies Abroad website Courses Spanish Studies Abroad offers you a unique opportunity to study on-site in Cuba, one of America's nearest and most significant neighbors. You will take classes at the Universidad de la Habana, Cuba's principal and earliest institution of higher education.+ More Our programs also include participation in an array of cultural activities and study trips designed to encourage direct interaction with the Cuban people. Semester/Academic Year Program Options Spanish Studies Program Integrated Spanish Studies High Academic Quality Community service opportunities in local Cuban organizations Direct attention and one-on-one interaction with professors Faculty office hours and tutoring U.S. modeled curriculum; credits transfer! Scholarship Awards Email Access Opportunity for direct enrollment in the University of Havana Option to complete an Independent Research Project Dedicated Faculty & Staff Staff escorts on medical visits Classes taught by native Cuban professors On-Site Resident Director and staff Housing 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.+ More Housing through Spanish Studies ends on the program end date. (Academic Year students please note: housing is not included between semesters. Contact Spanish Studies for details.) Costs/Scholarships Contact the Director of Study Abroad to discuss program fees and financial aid.+ More The Havana, Cuba semester abroad is an SMU Affiliated Program. As such, all Federal and State aid (except work study) and up to $2,000 in SMU institutional aid may be applied to the program's costs. Costs Include Tuition Double occupancy room Orientation & Study Tours Health Insurance Spanish Studies transcript Support of onsite staff Scholarship Information Scholarship and Funding Information Students should research the details of non-SMU scholarships for applicability and see the Director of Study Abroad for other scholarship and grant opportunities. 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, such as applying for a student visa. Click here for Program Dates Click here for Application Deadlines Application Procedures To be eligible, you must have a 3.0 GPA in Spanish Coursework. + More Apply online to the Spanish Studies Abroad. Complete the Saint Mary's required paperwork, application may be picked up in the Study Abroad Office, Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 136. Acceptance is contingent on a thorough review of the student's application and subsequent approval from Spanish Studies. Next Steps After acceptance, complete the following required items.+ More 1. Pay $300 non-refundable program deposit payable to SMU. 2. Attend all orientation sessions. 3. Obtain a passport. Submit a copy of the first page to the Study Abroad Office. 4. Arrange travel plans. Submit a copy of your flight itinerary to the Study Abroad Office. 5. Purchase the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) for $25 in the Study Abroad Office. Culture/City Information The city of La Habana, founded in 1514, and named after a local aboriginal chief, is Cuba’s cosmopolitan capital. + More 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. Explore the streets of Havana, the salsa rhythm and son cubano, the musical genre developed by African slaves, along with the sites, smells, and sounds of Cuban culture, surround you Experience the island’s thought-provoking contradictions, spirited determination, and stunning, natural beauty. Walk along the malecón, or ocean seawall, a short distance from the center of the city. The malecón is a common gathering place for Cubans, as well as for students. Visit Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway's home, located just outside Havana, where he wrote Islands in The Stream, A Moveable Feast, and The Old Man And The Sea. Delve into life in Cuba from a cross-cultural perspective, daring to step outside of yourself and experience reality from another point of view.