API at the Universidad de la Habana in Havana

Cuban & Caribbean Studies; Language & Culture Semester; January Language & Culture Program; Summer Language & Culture Program

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Cuban & Caribbean Studies: Students who study abroad in Cuba with API on the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Program will take a required Spanish language course throughout the term. This course uses the Cuban experience as a backdrop for language practice, discussion, and writing assignments. Students will select a “track” course covering either Cuban studies or Caribbean studies. Students choose their remaining courses from a selection of offerings in art history, communication, literature, and cultural/regional studies with local Cuban students. Courses are offered Monday through Friday, in both the mornings and afternoons. Course work will be supplemented by numerous cultural activities and excursions. Language & Culture Semester: Students who want to study abroad in Cuba and focus on Spanish language studies, as well as Cuban culture, would be well suited to this program. In addition to Spanish language, students in this program will be able to choose from courses in Cuban culture, cinema, literature, history, and linguistics. All courses are taught in Spanish. Courses are offered Monday through Friday, in both the mornings and afternoons. Course work will be supplemented by numerous cultural activities and excursions. January Language & Culture Program: Beginning through advanced-level students may elect to take a Spanish language course at the appropriate level. This course may consist of 60 hours of intensive language study and 15 hours of cultural topics over a three-week period for a total of five semester credits. Alternatively, students may choose to solely emphasize language study and take a total of 60 hours of Spanish language only, for a total of 4 semester credits. Intermediate and advanced-level Spanish speakers may elect to take a course in Cuban cinema taught by the Fundación del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (fnCl) in conjunction with the Universidad de la Habana. The Fundación del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (fnCl) is a cultural organization founded with the intention of contributing to the development, dissemination, and conservation of Latin American cinema. In a broader sense, their work aspires to preserve the cultural identity of the Caribbean and Latin America through the medium of film. This course consists of 60 hours of instruction over a three-week period for a total of 4 semester credits, and will give students a unique insight into Cuban culture and political thought via the medium of film. Advanced and superior-level Spanish speakers may elect to take a course entitled “Rhetoric and Composition: The Cuban Experience” that consists of 60 hours of intensive language instruction and writing activities including cultural seminars for a total of 4 semester credits. Minimum enrollment is required for this course to be offered. Summer Language & Culture Program: Summer 1: Beginning through advanced-level students may elect to take a Spanish language course at their appropriate level. This course consists of 80 hours of intensive language study and 10 hours of cultural topics and activities for a total of 6 semester credits. Advanced and superior-level students may elect to take a course in “Rhetoric and Composition: The Cuban Experience” that consists of 65 hours of intensive language instruction and writing activities, and 10 hours of cultural seminars for a total of 5 semester credits. Minimum enrollment is required for this course to be offered. Summer 2: Beginning through advanced-level students may elect to take a Spanish language course at their appropriate level. This course consists of 60 hours of intensive language study and 15 hours of cultural topics over a three week period for a total of 5 semester credits. Alternatively, students may choose to take only the 60 hours of intensive language study over the same time period for a total of 4 semester credits. Summer 1 or 2: Cinema track Intermediate through advanced level students in Summer 1 or Summer 2 may elect to take a course in Cuban cinema taught by the Fundación del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (fnCl) in conjunction with the Universidad de la Habana. The Fundación del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (fnCl) is a cultural organization founded with the intention of contributing to the development, dissemination, and conservation of Latin American cinema. In a broader sense, their work aspires to preserve the cultural identity of the Caribbean and Latin America through the medium of film. The fnCl was founded in 1985. Its board includes members from 18 countries and is presided over by Gabriel García Márquez. Its headquarters are located in Havana, Cuba. HIGHLIGHTS The capital and largest city of the island nation of Cuba, Havana has a long and storied past. The city was chartered by King Phillip II of Spain in 1592, and was recognized by royal decree in 1634 as the “Key to the New World.” Due to its historic role as a trading port, Havana often fell prey to attacks by pirates and buccaneers, leading to the construction of a series of forts that can still be visited today – the most famous of these being “El Morro Fortress.” The city expanded greatly during the 17th century, growing to be the third largest city in the Americas by the middle of the 18th century; indeed, it was larger than Boston and New York at the time! The 19th century saw the construction of the railroad (the fifth in the world) and of various cultural arenas (theaters, lyceum, etc.) that hosted influential exhibits and performances throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Today the city continues to promote the arts with numerous international arts and music festivals each year, including the Havana International Jazz Festival, the International Havana Ballet Festival, the Havana International Film Festival, and more!

SUBJECTS

  • Culture
  • Film
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Language Literature And Studies
  • Caribbean Studies
  • Cuban Studies

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