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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?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

Round-Trip Airfare (Miami-Havana)

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (breakfast and dinner included)

Language and Culture Tools

Excursions

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

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
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 Jun, 2023 - Jul, 2023 $4,900 Apr 1, 2023 No Extension Apr 10, 2023
Summer 1 and 2 Combined Jun, 2023 - Jul, 2023 $8,900 Apr 1, 2023 No Extension Apr 10, 2023
Summer 2 Jul, 2023 - Jul, 2023 $4,900 Apr 1, 2023 No Extension Apr 10, 2023

*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 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.

  • Playa Girón and Cienfuegos

    Playa Girón is a small seaside town and the site of the famous 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. It is located in Ciénaga Zapata marsh, which is now a UNESCO biosphere and national park. The town of Playa Girón features a museum dedicated to the battle and rocky beaches with crystal blue water. Students will visit the museum, enjoy snorkeling and then continue to the city of Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos is a beautiful colonial city, which is unique because it was founded in 1819 by French settlers in Cuba. It is now a UNESCO world heritage center and is lovingly referred to as the “pearl of the south”.

  • Tarara Beach

    Tarara is part of Havana’s east beaches or “playas del este”, a string of pristine beaches just 30 minutes outside of the city of Havana. These beaches are not known for international tourist infrastructure, they only host a few soviet-style resorts, but are rather a great place to see how the Habaneros escape the Caribbean heat and enjoy themselves.

  • Guanabo Beach

    Guanabo is part of Havana’s east beaches or “playas del este", a string of pristine beaches just 30 minutes outside of the city of Havana. These beaches are not known for tourist infrastructure, they only host a few Soviet-style resorts, but are rather a great place to see how the Habaneros escape the Caribbean heat and enjoy themselves.

  • Playa Girón and Cienfuegos

    Playa Girón is a small seaside town and the site of the famous 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. It is located in Ciénaga Zapata marsh, which is now a UNESCO biosphere and national park. The town of Playa Girón features a museum dedicated to the battle and rocky beaches with crystal blue water. Students will visit the museum, enjoy snorkeling and then continue to the city of Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos is a beautiful colonial city, which is unique because it was founded in 1819 by French settlers in Cuba. It is now a UNESCO world heritage center and is lovingly referred to as the “pearl of the south”.

  • Tarara Beach

    Tarara is part of Havana’s east beaches or “playas del este”, a string of pristine beaches just 30 minutes outside of the city of Havana. These beaches are not known for international tourist infrastructure, they only host a few soviet-style resorts, but are rather a great place to see how the Habaneros escape the Caribbean heat and enjoy themselves.

  • Viñales and Las Terrazas

    Las Terrazas is a small ecotourism village. It began as a reforestation project and is now a UNESCO biosphere reserve. A self-sustaining community, with a hotel, shops, and restaurants, it is also home to artists and artisans of many kinds. We will have the opportunity to explore this eco-village, visit the ruins of French coffee plantations, and learn about plant-based medicine from the local doctor. We will continue to the province of Pinar del Río, the principal tobacco growing area of Cuba. Lush, green fields, dotted with picturesque tobacco drying huts and thatched roofed homes of the local farmers, or ¨guajiros, ¨make for stunning scenery. The province’s main attraction is the famous Valley of Viñales, where dramatic limestone formations (mogotes) rise high above the valley floor. We will visit the home of local tobacco farmers, take a horseback ride through the valley, and enjoy lunch at an organic farm.

  • Guanabo Beach

    Guanabo is part of Havana’s east beaches or “playas del este", a string of pristine beaches just 30 minutes outside of the city of Havana. These beaches are not known for tourist infrastructure, they only host a few Soviet-style resorts, but are rather a great place to see how the Habaneros escape the Caribbean heat and enjoy themselves.

  • Viñales and Las Terrazas

    Las Terrazas is a small ecotourism village. It began as a reforestation project and is now a UNESCO biosphere reserve. A self-sustaining community, with a hotel, shops, and restaurants, it is also home to artists and artisans of many kinds. We will have the opportunity to explore this eco-village, visit the ruins of French coffee plantations, and learn about plant-based medicine from the local doctor. We will continue to the province of Pinar del Río, the principal tobacco growing area of Cuba. Lush, green fields, dotted with picturesque tobacco drying huts and thatched roofed homes of the local farmers, or ¨guajiros, ¨make for stunning scenery. The province’s main attraction is the famous Valley of Viñales, where dramatic limestone formations (mogotes) rise high above the valley floor. We will visit the home of local tobacco farmers, take a horseback ride through the valley, and enjoy lunch at an organic farm.

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.

TRANSCRIPTS

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

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    Luz Cervantes

    Luz Cervantes will be your Program Coordinator and will help prepare you for your API program.

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    Amberly Ellis-Rodriguez

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

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.

CREDIT INFORMATION

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.

Courses at la Universidad de la Habana (Summer Spanish Language and Cuban Culture Studies Program)

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Highlights
  • 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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