Program Details

In addition to Spanish language, students in this program can study Cuban culture, film studies, literature, education, public health, and much more! Learn beyond the classroom with API's knowledgable staff and unique excursions.
Havana, Cuba
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Students in Havana will have the opportunity to study Spanish language, Cuban culture, and humanitarian studies at the prestigious University of Havana (Universidad de la Habana). Come re-explore one of our closest neighbors, and experience the vibrancy of Cuba through study abroad in Havana!

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. American students are now allowed to study in Havana so come take advantage of this unique opportunity!

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.

Coursework will be supplemented by numerous cultural activities and excursions. Round-trip airfare from Miami to Havana is included in the program fee!


Setting Description:
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.
Pre-departure, On-site, and Re-entry services included, such as advising and online resources, airport reception, resident directors, housing, tuition, tutoring, medical & life insurance, excursions, social & cultural activities, alumni network, Learning and Engagement Badge Program and more!

Additional Program Information

*3.0 G.P.A. *Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors *Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate student and under the age of 25 *Open to high-intermediate to advanced level Spanish speakers (with a minimum of 3 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent; 4-5 semesters for integrated courses)
Scholarships Description:
API awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student.

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