Havana, Cuba

Study in Havana

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Information for term Study in Havana

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 31 – Dec 11, 2020 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Study abroad in Cuba without language as a barrier to learning about the island’s rich history and immersing yourself in its tropical culture. Cuba is a unique country in the Caribbean known for its history, culture, gastronomy, music, and arts. It is world renowned for its universal health care and educational systems that also lend themselves as possible topics of study. CIEE’s Study in Havana program gives students the opportunity to take classes about Cuban history, literature, arts, race, cinema, dance, public health, pedagogy, and community development without the need to know Spanish. Students also have the option of taking Spanish classes alongside their content courses.


    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.

  • isles and keys make up the archipelago of Cuba

  • 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

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    Center for Studies of Martí

    campus where all Study in Havana classes are held

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Program Details

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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.


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 15 U.S. semester/22.5 quarter credits

Course Credit
CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Language of Instruction

Students enroll in five courses

Fall 2020 CIEE Courses

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Semester Credit

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.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

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
  • MSI Grant
  • Latin America Flight Voucher

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 & 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

Fall 2020 15 weeks May 1, 2020 Aug 31, 2020* Dec 11, 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

*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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