Cuba Havana Gran Teatro 81086800

We invite you to participate in the unique opportunity to spend your January in Havana, Cuba. Improve your Spanish language and learn about the fascinating Cuban culture firsthand, while earning credit and exploring all this charming and captivating country has to offer.

Coursework will be supplemented by numerous cultural activities and excursions.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation


Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities


Housing (breakfast and dinner included)

Language and Culture Tools


Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • 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 all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport and entry visa
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What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 4-5 semester credits

This program offers students at all levels (beginning through advanced) the opportunity to enroll in one class. 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 take only the 60 hours of intensive language study over the same time period, for a total of four semester credits.

Coursework will be supplemented by numerous cultural activities and excursions.

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    Kayla Cole

    Kayla Cole will be your Program Manager and will help prepare you for your API program.


  • Amberly Ellis Rodríguez

    Amberly Ellis-Rodriguez

    Amberly Ellis-Rodriguez will be your Resident Director in Havana and a resource for you on-site.

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The Universidad de la Habana operates on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. semester credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.


Students receive a transcript from the Universidad de la Habana upon completion of their program. You may request a transcript from Marist College, a fully accredited institution, for an additional fee.

  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • Jan-term program
  • Round-trip airfare (Miami-Havana) included

Students in Havana will live with other API students and, in some cases, other international students in a local residencia. An API Residencia in Havana is a renovated home run by a host family, near the University of Havana campus. Residencias have common spaces where students can work and where API holds group activities. Breakfast and dinner are also provided as part of the program fee.

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