La Habana, Cuba

The country is amazing—from the fascinating historical and political aspects, to the beautiful architecture and old cars, to the incredibly welcoming locals. On this program, you can spend a morning in classes learning about the Cuban Revolution, spend your afternoon in the park talking to locals about the pros and cons of the current economic system, and spend your evenings out on the town dancing along to some wonderful salsa music.

Participant in La Habana, Cuba


About La Habana, Cuba

  • Population: 2.1 million
  • Distance from Pinar del Río: 164 km
  • Distance from Santiago de Cuba: 862 km
One of the many streets in Havana.

One of the many streets in Havana.

The capital of Cuba, La Habana is a bustling city full of culture, arts, and entertainment that is also, as a result of Cuba’s Castro-era relative isolation, surprisingly uncommercial: free of the billboards and the over-advertised feel of much of the rest of the globe. Old Habana is an UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the best-preserved colonial Spanish complexes in the Americas, untouched, (and one could even say faded) with a sense of romance, but also with a very real sense of the poverty and the limited means Cuba has had during its more isolated last few decades. Further contributing to the "time-capsule" feel of the city, 1950s-era American and late twentieth-century Soviet-made vehicles mix with more modest transportation on the streets. There is a poignant, fleeting feel to this time in La Habana’s history, making it all the more relevant to live in and study this culture and society in transition firsthand.

Colorful artwork and markets are plentiful in Cuba.

Colorful artwork and markets are plentiful in Cuba.

The sincerely friendly, expressive, multicultural Cuban society supports a rich and varied Caribbean culture that is a fusion of African, Spanish, and American influences. Cuban music, dance, literature, cuisine, and art all reflect this historical and cultural mixture resulting in a sensory overload of exotic rhythms, vibrant colors, and tropical flavors. Cuba's natural beauty is as unique as its culture, with verdant agricultural valleys and plains and thousands of miles of shoreline and pristine beaches.

Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

January (3 weeks): Open

2018-19 App. Cycle

Application opens 9/1:

Summer I (3 weeks)

Summer II (3 weeks)

Summer I & II (6 weeks)


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

35 students


English | Spanish