Learn about the history, landscape and society of Cuba as you immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture studying at the nation's oldest university. Live in a tourist class hotel in Havana with breakfast and one additional meal per day included. No previous Spanish language study is required at the Beginner level. Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced and Superior language levels are also available. Get to know contemporary Cuba and explore the heritage of this island nation and remarkable history through numerous social and cultural activities.
As the political, economic, and cultural hub of Cuba, Havana is the perfect spot to practice your Spanish and gain insight into this country’s fascinating past. On CIEE’s Cuban Studies program, you’ll learn about the Cuban Revolution, Cuba’s relationship with the U.S., and Cuban art, language, and literature. Step into history in Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site that shows what life was like after the Spanish arrived, and become a part of Cuba’s rich culture. Study abroad in Cuba and you’ll: - Gain insight into Cuban culture, history, and relationships with the U.S. and other countries - Explore Havana – from Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to modern Vedado, and the city’s diverse suburbs - Enjoy Havana’s world-famous music scene and the city’s many festivals
Cuban & Caribbean Studies and Spanish Language 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. Students are required to take a Spanish language course (with other international students). This course uses the Cuban experience as a backdrop for language practice, discussion, and writing assignments. Students can choose their remaining courses from a selection of offerings in the Spanish Department for Non-Spanish Speakers with other international students or from integrated courses with Cuban students. Integrated classes may be taken in the Departments of Philosophy, History, Sociology, Literature, and Art History. Students may also choose to take a Cuban film seminar with international students through the Foundation for New Latin American Cinema. 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. City 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!
This is your chance to explore the unique way of life in Cuba and the vibrant city of Havana, with its eclectic mix of Latin, European and American cultures. Your studies will involve a deep immersion into student life in Cuba, studying through Spanish and with other Cuban students at our academic partner, the prestigious University of Havana. Our Resident Director in Havana will be on-hand to help you every step of the way and you will live and study in the vibrant Vedado neighborhood of central Havana close to the university, cafes, music venues and local student hangouts. As the largest in Cuba and one of the most renowned universities in the Caribbean and Central America, the University of Havana offers a unique and exciting learning experience. Direct-enrollment courses in a variety of departments at University of Havana, one of the premier universities in the Caribbean and Central America. Particular areas of academic strength are: politics, Afro-Caribbean studies, music, literature, philosophy, sociology, history, biology and international relations.Cornerstone Course: The cornerstone course, Cuban - U.S. Relations: Past and Present, is taught by faculty of the Centro de Estudios Hemisféricos y sobre Estados Unidos (CEHSEU - Center for Hemispheric and U.S. Studies) at UH. The four-credit course will give you an introduction into the historic and socio-cultural background of Cuba and help you understand current developments in the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba.Spanish Language Course: You will be placed into a Spanish language course appropriate to your level.Two-Three Electives: In addition to the cornerstone course and the language course, you will choose between two and three elective courses offered by the University of Havana, studying alongside Cuban students, in any department of the university except Law and Medicine.
This program brings you an exceptional educational and life experience in one of the most extraordinary places in the world. You will live, study and take part in Cuban society, enjoying the country’s special eclectic mix of Latin, European and American cultures.This exciting program is taught in cooperation with our academic partner, the University of Havana and its Centro de Estudios Hemisféricos y sobre Estados Unidos (CEHSEU - Center for Hemispheric and U.S. Studies). You’ll enroll in two courses, which focus on Cuban and U.S. relations and Spanish language. All courses are taught in English, except the Spanish language classes.The Arcadia Resident Directpr and a Cuba Program Director (faculty member) from the University of Havana assit you in navigating the unique culture and society of Cuba to provide you with the best possible experience. You will live and study in the vibrant Vedado neighborhood of central Havana with proximity to the university, cafes, music venues and local student hangouts.
Students who study abroad in Santa Clara, Cuba with API on the Integrated Studies Program will be able to take courses with Cuban students at the Universidad Central Marta Abreu de Las Villas (UCLV). This program is a great opportunity for the motivated, superior level Spanish speaker who wants to study abroad with complete immersion.Students with API can choose from a number of courses at the Universidad Central Marta Abreu de Las Villas (UCLV) in subjects as diverse as accounting, architecture, Cuban history and culture, economics, engineering, sociology, Spanish language, and more!UCLV is renown throughout Cuba as the second most important university after Havana and the one with the highest academic qualifications and rankings. There are also many student clubs and activities for undergraduates, including the Federacion Estudiantil Universitaria, or union of students.
Spend four weeks immersed in Cuban culture, studying and getting to know the capital city of Havana—from the UNESCO World Heritage site to its many diverse suburbs. Each session offers one intensive course, complemented by a variety of field trips and outings, adding depth to your adventure in this island nation. The program provides the opportunity to: - Learn about the culture and society of revolutionary Cuba and explore the impact of local and global dynamics on life in Havana and throughout the country - Take your Spanish for a test-drive and hone your conversational skills. - Get a look at Cuba off the beaten track with an overnight excursion - Enjoy Havana’s world-famous music scene and other cultural opportunities.
“I wanted to study Arabic in order to connect with my family, history, religion, and culture. I previously lived and worked in an Arabic-speaking country and wanted to learn Arabic more formally in order to maintain personal and professional...”
American Councils for International Education