Havana, Cuba

Study in Havana

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Information for term Study in Havana

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jan 27 – May 15, 2020 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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As the political, economic, and cultural hub of Cuba, Havana is the perfect spot to practice your intermediate to advanced Spanish language skills and gain insight into this country’s fascinating past. Enroll in classes with local and international students at CIEE’s partner school, University of Havana (UH), and agree to speak only Spanish to foster language learning and cultural immersion. Courses are focused in art, health, history, literature, music, politics, and more. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.


    the best salsa bands in the world.


    the 500-year-old malecón and boulevards of Havana from a 1950’s classic American car.


    yourself in the syncretic Afro-Cuban culture of Catholicism and Santeria.

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  • local simultaneously compatible official currencies in one country

  • Cuba’s literacy rate


Location & Culture

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Cuban society is a rich tapestry of African, Spanish, and American cultural influences. Cuban music, dance, literature, cuisine, and art all reflect this historical and cultural syncretism resulting in exotic rhythms, vibrant colors, and tropical flavors. The capital of Cuba, Havana, is a bustling city full of culture, arts, and entertainment. Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the best-preserved colonial Spanish complexes in the Americas. Colonial structures melt into modern architecture while 1950s-era American cars mix with late-20th-century Soviet vehicles on city boulevards and the malecón seaside boardwalk. Havana is rich with annual festivals, street concerts, carnivals, and art fairs that make it a dynamic city year-round. 

Excursions & Activities

  • Explore Old Havana, a UNESCO Heritage site, and immerse yourself in its colonial plazas and cobble stone streets.
  • Visit Revolution Square, a unique urban site known for its manifestations and concerts.
  • Take a dance class to learn about Cuban music and its various genres from ballet to salsa, casino, and rumba.
  • Join a guided tour of Afro-Cuban Temples to understand the history and practice of Afro-Cuban religious syncretism between Catholicism and Santeria.
  • Attend a ballet performance at the Gran Teatro in Old Havana or a baseball game at the Latin American stadium.
  • Travel to the natural reserve and biosphere community of Las Terrazas and swim in the San Juan river. 

Projects, Volunteer Opportunities, or Internships

Study in Havana volunteer projects (non-credit) include the opportunity to work at Los Pocitos of Marianao, a peripheral community in Havana. Through this project students can participate in weekly art workshops for children, paint homes in the community, and plant gardens with local neighbors.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Homestay: Live with a Cuban family and become part of the local culture. All homestay lodging is in single rooms with one student per family to provide the most exclusive immersion experience. Homestays include two meals per day (breakfast and dinner), and laundry service once a week. All homes are a short 20-minute walk to campus.

  • Meals

    Breakfast and dinners are included with homestays. Students learn about Cuban cooking and local farm-to-table ingredients by sharing meals with their host families. 

Havana, Cuba

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Havana

    our home in Havana

  • B

    Center for Studies of Martí

    campus where all Study in Havana classes are held

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What you need to know

The program details

The Study in Havana program enables students to enroll in courses taught in English - in the humanities, social sciences, history, culture, and literature while also taking Spanish language classes.  All courses are taught by professors from a range of high-ranking Cuban universities and institutions, such as the University of Havana, San Geronimo University, Superior Institute of Fine Arts, Center for Studies of the United States, and the Center for International Politics & Economy, among others.  Most courses do not require prerequisites.  Students also participate in a range of complementary co-curricular and professional development activities, to promote better integration into the host community as active learners.


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    Courses are made up of lectures, seminars, debates, and discussions in classrooms located at our institutional host, the Center for Studies of Martí. Students are assigned weekly readings, on which, class lectures and discussions are based. Required site visits and workshops also make up an integral part of the course dynamics outside of the classroom.


    The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students’ grades are based on attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. Learning outcomes are continuously assessed through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.


    Classrooms are at the Center for Studies of Martí and classes are typically scheduled Monday through Friday. Regular class attendance and participation is required. Students play an active role in their own education with the integration of group projects and interaction with their fellow students and professors. Classes combine pedagogical methods from conference lectures to discussions and debates. The grading system is comprised of classroom participation, projects, oral and written presentations, individual as well as group research projects and essays.


  • Overall GPA

    Eligibility: 2.50 GPA 

  • Program Requirements

    Students are required to enroll in 5 courses for 15 semester credits.

  • Program Credit

    • Total credit:  15 semester/22.5 quarter hours.
    • Course credit/Contact hours: All courses are 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours; 45 contact hours.
    • Students enroll in five courses from the language and content courses listed below.


The Study in Havana program enables students to enroll in courses about Cuban history, arts, culture, and literature taught in English while also taking Spanish language classes from beginner to advanced levels. This program is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about Cuba while also studying the local language.

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 2020

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CIEE Courses

Language Electives

  • Spanish Language – Beginning I
  • Spanish Language – Beginning II
  • Spanish Language – Intermediate I
  • Spanish Language – Intermediate II
  • Spanish Language – Advanced I
  • Spanish Language – Advanced II
  • Conversational Spanish and Oral Skill

Content Electives

  • Afro-Cuban Culture and Racial Dynamics
  • Community Development
  • Contemporary Cuban Film
  • Cuba’s Past, Present, and Future
  • Cuban Art, Music & Dance
  • Education and Public Health in Cuba
  • U.S.-Cuban Relations: History and Present
  • An Introduction to José Martí’s Life and Works
  • Intercultural Communication & Leadership

Dates & Fees

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Dates & 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.


  • Tuition for five classes per semester
  • Homestay lodging with two meals per day and weekly laundry service
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours

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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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Spring 2020 16 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Jan 27, 2020 May 15, 2020
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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 = $10,383 **

Housing = $6,100

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,950

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 = $950

International Airfare = $350

Local Transportation = $460

Books & Supplies = $75

Visa Fees = $165

Personal expenses = $1,200

Total Estimated Costs = $3,200

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global 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

roundtrip from Miami, rates from other US cities will vary up to $1000

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