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We invite you to participate in the unique opportunity to spend your summer 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


Round-Trip Airfare (Miami-Havana)

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.
  • Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate student and under the age of 25
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport and entry visa
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*Please note that the Summer 2022 sessions have been suspended for this program. We encourage you to explore our other great summer options using our Program Finder. 

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Havana programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 4-6 credits per session (up to 12 total)

During each Summer session in Havana, students will complete one language course at the Universidad de la Habana in Spanish with other visiting students. Students will take 90 contact hours in Summer 1 (80 hours of Spanish + 10 hours of culture) and/or 75 contact hours in Summer 2.


Students receive a transcript from the Universidad de la Habana upon completion of their program.

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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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Note: The contact hours for the Summer 1 and 2 courses are different due to different program session lengths. The Summer 1 program is a four-week program, while the Summer 2 program is a three-week program.


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.

  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • 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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