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Havana, Cuba

Spend a semester in Havana, Cuba!

Experience the blend of African, European, and American cultures that form Havana and Cuba.

The city of La Habana, founded in 1514, and named after a local aboriginal chief, is Cuba’s cosmopolitan capital. Havana was once one of the most prosperous ports, and the third most populous city in the Americas. A beautiful city, with idyllic landscapes, captivating bays, and a rich, diverse culture, Havana is the site for an ideal learning experience.

A Unique Cultural Experience

  • All-inclusive program-sponsored excursions
  • On-site cultural activities
  • Numerous study visits, local and overnight
  • Three-day weekends for travel
  • Encounters with Cuban people eager to meet and talk with visitors

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Courses

Spanish Studies Abroad offers you a unique opportunity to study on-site in Cuba, one of America’s nearest and most significant neighbors. You will take classes at the Universidad de la Habana, Cuba’s principal and earliest institution of higher education.

Our programs also include participation in an array of cultural activities and study trips designed to encourage direct interaction with the Cuban people.

Semester/Academic Year Program Options

Spanish Studies Program
Integrated Studies Program

High Academic Quality

  • Community service opportunities in local Cuban organizations
  • Direct attention and one-on-one interaction with professors
  • Faculty office hours and tutoring
  • U.S. modeled curriculum; credits transfer!
  • Scholarship Awards
  • Email Access
  • Opportunity for direct enrollment in the University of Havana
  • Option to complete an Independent Research Project

Dedicated Faculty and Staff

  • Staff escorts on medical visits
  • Classes taught by native Cuban professors
  • On-Site Resident Director and staff
Housing

During your stay in Cuba, you are housed in a small hotel for visiting scholars that is part of the University of Havana. You share a room with another Spanish Studies Abroad student and are provided three meals a day.

Housing through Spanish Studies ends on the program end date. (Academic Year students please note: housing is not included between semesters. Contact Spanish Studies for details.)

Costs/Scholarships

Contact the Director of Study Abroad to discuss program fees and financial aid.

The Havana, Cuba semester abroad is an Saint Mary’s Affiliated Program. As such, all Federal and State aid (except work study) and up to $2,000 in Saint Mary’s institutional aid may be applied to the program’s costs.

Costs Include:

  • Tuition
  • Double occupancy room
  • Orientation and study tours
  • Health Insurance
  • Spanish Studies transcript
  • Support of onsite staff

Scholarship and Funding Information

Students should research the details of non-Saint Mary’s scholarships for applicability and see the Director of Study Abroad for other scholarship and grant opportunities.

Program Dates/Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Spanish Studies recommends that you apply as early as possible to allow more time for pre-departure arrangements, such as applying for a student visa.

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Application Procedures

To be eligible, you must have a 3.0 GPA in Spanish Coursework.

Apply online to the Spanish Studies Abroad. Complete the Saint Mary’s required paperwork, application may be picked up in the Study Abroad Office, International Center, the Heights.

Acceptance is contingent on a thorough review of the student’s application and subsequent approval from Spanish Studies.

Next Steps

After acceptance, complete the following required items.

  1. Pay $300 non-refundable program deposit payable to Saint Mary’s.
  2. Attend all orientation sessions.
  3. Obtain a passport. Submit a copy of the first page to the Study Abroad Office.
  4. Arrange travel plans. Submit a copy of your flight itinerary to the Study Abroad Office.
Culture/City Information

The city of La Habana, founded in 1514, and named after a local aboriginal chief, is Cuba’s cosmopolitan capital.

Havana was once one of the most prosperous ports, and the third most populous city in the Americas. A beautiful city, with idyllic landscapes, captivating bays, and a rich, diverse culture, Havana is the site for an ideal learning experience.

Explore the streets of Havana, the salsa rhythm and son cubano, the musical genre developed by African slaves, along with the sites, smells, and sounds of Cuban culture, surround you
Experience the island’s thought-provoking contradictions, spirited determination, and stunning, natural beauty.

Walk along the malecón, or ocean seawall, a short distance from the center of the city. The malecón is a common gathering place for Cubans, as well as for students. Visit Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s home, located just outside Havana, where he wrote Islands in The Stream, A Moveable Feast, and The Old Man And The Sea.

Delve into life in Cuba from a cross-cultural perspective, daring to step outside of yourself and experience reality from another point of view.

Learn more about the cultue of Havana

Find Us

International Center, The Heights, Room 103
Winona Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

507-457-6996
Fax: 507-457-6917
studyabroad@smumn.edu