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
To enhance your cultural experience in Havana, Spanish Studies Abroad organizes various excursions, study visits and other activities throughout your summer term. These activities are coordinated to enhance your class studies.
Some sample cultural excursions may include:
Museum of the Revolution
Afro-Cuban rumba performances
Viñales in Pinar del Rio Province
- Matanzas Province
Since the Havana, Cuba summer abroad program does not occur during the regular academic year, Federal, State, and SMU institutional aid may not be applied to the program's costs.Costs Include:
- Double occupancy room
- Orientation & Study Tours
- Health Insurance
- Spanish Studies transcript
- Support of onsite staff
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.
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.
1. Obtain a passport. Submit a copy of the first page to the Study Abroad Office.
2. Attend all orientation sessions.
3. Arrange travel plans. Submit a copy of your flight itinerary to the Study Abroad Office.
4. Purchase the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) for $25 in the Study Abroad Office.
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.