Havana, Cuba

Cuban Studies

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Information for term Cuban Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 30 – Dec 15, 2018 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-16 semester hours / 22.5-24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15-16 semester hours / 22.5-24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 21 – May 17, 2019 (17 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15-16 semester hours / 22.5-24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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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. Learn about the Cuban Revolution, Cuba’s relationship with the U.S., explore Cuban art, language, and literature, and step into history in Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Unique Experiences

  • 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.

  • locals and tourists at the nightly cannon blast

    1,000
  • feet of art make up the Mercaderes Street mural

    3,229
  • rooms in Ernest Hemingway’s first home in Cuba

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Location & Culture

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With a population of two million, Havana is the largest city in Cuba and the political and economic hub of the country. Enjoy a vibrant arts scene - from the music for which the island nation is famous to film, dance, and visual arts. In 1982, Old Havana was named a UNESCO World Heritage site, with the restoration process praised for combining historic preservation with local community development.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Visit sites of historic and cultural importance in Havana and the surrounding areas.
  • Attend festivals and holiday celebrations like Festival Internacional de Ballet de La Habana.
  • Go on historical, architectural, or other specialized tours of the city of Havana.
  • Take guided visits to the city’s museums, baseball games, and other sporting events.
  • Every February, Havana celebrates the International Book Fair, in the Morro-Cabaña Fortress, to which a foreign country is usually invited to participate.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays: All students stay in homestays with Cuban families in the Vedado neighborhood, a short distance from the University of Havana and CIEE Havana. Students have single rooms and a private bathroom (one student per household) although double placements may be available.

  • MEALS

    Homestays: Breakfast and dinner are included, as is laundry service once a week and drinkable water.

Havana, Cuba

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE HAVANA

    Havana

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    UNIVERSITY OF HAVANA

    Cuba

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    Getting Around

    Students get around by walking and taking taxis, ferries, and buses.

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What you need to know

The program details

Explore subjects ranging from Cuban cinema, literature, and art to history, Marxism, and, of course, Spanish! The University of Havana’s strong course offerings in the arts and social sciences offer a unique opportunity to learn about Cuba from the Cuban perspective.

The University of Havana. UH was founded by Dominican monks in 1728 and moved to its current site in Vedado in 1902. Cuba’s most prestigious university, it is comprised of 17 academic departments and 14 research centers in economics, the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. More than 20 majors are offered at the university, where approximately 6,000 students are pursuing degrees.

Students speak Spanish during the program.

All courses are taught by University of Havana faculty.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students will take courses at UH with local and international students. All direct enrollment courses can be taken from the following Faculties: Communication; Geography; History & Philosophy; and Humanities (Artes y Letras).

  • GRADING

    Assessment for courses is typically based on a combination of written and oral assignments and a final paper or examination. Where exams are given, they are weighted heavily and will often be the determining factor in a student’s final grade.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Students notice striking differences between education systems. Cuban universities tend to adhere to a very traditional classroom culture that relies heavily on memorization, expositive lectures, and PowerPoint presentations. Most readings are provided in digital format as PDF or Word documents.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Five semesters of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent).

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15–16 semester/22.5–24 quarter hours.

Students must take a minimum of 15 credits and a maximum of 16, and three to four direct enrollment courses taught in Spanish. Students with advanced Spanish language skills may be exempted from taking a Spanish as a Second Language course based on their scores on the language evaluation given by the UH language department during the first week of classes. All students are required to take the Contemporary Cuban Society course.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Spring 2018 Courses

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All course selections are made in consultation with the CIEE Havana director. Not all direct enrollment courses are available every semester. Course listings and availability are not determined until immediately prior to the start of university classes in a given semester. The final list of courses will be available onsite when students arrive.

All students must take 15 to 16 credits of direct enrollment courses comprised of: 

  • Contemporary Cuban Society
  • 2 – 3 other direct enroll courses at the University of Havana  

The following list contains examples of courses available at the University of Havana, which may vary term to term.  

FACULTAD DE ARTES Y LETRAS:
Apreciación Literaria II, Literatura Española I, Literatura Cubana III, Seminario de Teoría Literaria, Arte Cubano, Arte Africano, Cine Cubano, Arte Caribeño I, Arte Caribeño III, Estudios Afro-Caribeños, Música Cubana, Género Audiovisual.

FACULTAD DE FILOSOFÍA E HISTORIA:
Sociología: Historia de Cuba,  Historia del Pensamiento, Filosofía y la Sociedad I, Filosofía y Sociedad I, Economía Política I, Antropología Social, Sociología de la Comunicación, Sociología del Trabajo, Sociología Urbana, Sociología Política, Sociología de la Cultura, Problemas de Estructura Social y Desigualdades, Sociología de Género, Sociología de la Salud,  Sociología Ambiental, Sociología del Desarrollo, Sociología de la Educación, Psicología Social, Mediación de Conflictos.

Filosofía Marxista: Economía Política I, Historia de Cuba I, Teoría e Historia de la Filosofía Marxista Leninista I, Filosofía y Religión, Historia de las Ideas Políticas, Filosofía Política Contemporánea, Teoría e Historia de la Filosofía Marxista Leninista III, Pensamiento Filosófico y Social Contemporáneo I, Pensamiento Latinoamericano, Introducción a la Ciencia Política, Bioética y Medio Ambiente, Tendencia del Capitalismo Contemporáneo.

Historia: Historia Social de la Literatura y el Arte I, Filosofía y Sociedad I, Historia de Cuba I, Economía Política I, Historia de América Latina y el Caribe III, Historia de Cuba III, Teoría Sociopolítica, Historia de Cuba V, Historia de la Cultura Cubana, Historia de España, Historia de Ecuador, Historia Escondida de la Mujer en la Habana Colonial.

Fall 2018 Courses

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All course selections are made in consultation with the CIEE Havana director. Not all direct enrollment courses are available every semester. Course listings and availability are not determined until immediately prior to the start of university classes in a given semester. The final list of courses will be available onsite when students arrive.

All students must take 15 to 16 credits of direct enrollment courses comprised of: 

  • Contemporary Cuban Society
  • 4 – 5 direct enroll courses at the University of Havana  

The following list contains examples of courses available at the University of Havana, which may vary term to term.  

FACULTAD DE ARTES Y LETRAS:
Apreciación Literaria II, Literatura Española I, Literatura Cubana III, Seminario de Teoría Literaria, Arte Cubano, Arte Africano, Cine Cubano, Arte Caribeño I, Arte Caribeño III, Estudios Afro-Caribeños, Música Cubana, Género Audiovisual.

FACULTAD DE FILOSOFÍA E HISTORIA:
Sociología: Historia de Cuba,  Historia del Pensamiento, Filosofía y la Sociedad I, Filosofía y Sociedad I, Economía Política I, Antropología Social, Sociología de la Comunicación, Sociología del Trabajo, Sociología Urbana, Sociología Política, Sociología de la Cultura, Problemas de Estructura Social y Desigualdades, Sociología de Género, Sociología de la Salud,  Sociología Ambiental, Sociología del Desarrollo, Sociología de la Educación, Psicología Social, Mediación de Conflictos.

Filosofía Marxista: Economía Política I, Historia de Cuba I, Teoría e Historia de la Filosofía Marxista Leninista I, Filosofía y Religión, Historia de las Ideas Políticas, Filosofía Política Contemporánea, Teoría e Historia de la Filosofía Marxista Leninista III, Pensamiento Filosófico y Social Contemporáneo I, Pensamiento Latinoamericano, Introducción a la Ciencia Política, Bioética y Medio Ambiente, Tendencia del Capitalismo Contemporáneo.

Historia: Historia Social de la Literatura y el Arte I, Filosofía y Sociedad I, Historia de Cuba I, Economía Política I, Historia de América Latina y el Caribe III, Historia de Cuba III, Teoría Sociopolítica, Historia de Cuba V, Historia de la Cultura Cubana, Historia de España, Historia de Ecuador, Historia Escondida de la Mujer en la Habana Colonial.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Mandatory orientation – an introduction to Havana culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 15 weeks Aug 30, 2018 Dec 15, 2018
$15,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $10,583 **

Housing = $4,800 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $15,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $700

International Airfare = $400

Local Transportation = $330

Books & Supplies = $50 ††

Personal expenses = $1,500 †††

Domestic Airfare = $600 ††††

Total Estimated Costs = $3,580

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals per day

roundtrip airfarei based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† Cost of recommended readings before coming to Cuba

††† includes $500 for internet and calling per semestser

†††† roundtrip airfare to Miami based on U.S. East Coast departure

Spring 2019 17 weeks Nov 1, 2018 Jan 21, 2019* May 17, 2019*
$16,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $11,183 **

Housing = $4,800 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,450

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals per day

Fall 2019 17 weeks May 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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