Cuba, Havana

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Program Provider:
IFSA Program (Advanced Program) – Havana, Cuba (Universidad de la Habana)


• Spring Semester: Late Jan ~ Mid May (Leaning Cluster at Soka may/may not be enrolled, depending on an official start date and a LC’s professor’s approval.)
• Fall Semester: Late Aug ~ Mid Dec


• Cumulative GPA – 3.0
• 5 semesters of Spanish required.


• SUA-STAMP Test Intermediate-Mid required (students are expected to take university courses with locals.)
• The Universidad de La Habana (UH) is Cuba's oldest and most prestigious university, which attracts students from throughout Latin America and around the world.
• Designed for advanced or intermediate level students; students take university courses with locals and also have access to a special IFSA taught course called Rural Cultures in Cuba. All coursework is taught in Spanish.
• Students choose four or five electives from the Facultad de Artes y Letras and Facultad de Filosofia e Historia at UH. Recent popular courses include History of Cuba, Anthropology of Food, Cuban Cinema, Caribbean Art, Marxist-Leninist Philosophy, Bioethics and the Environment, General Linguistics, Urban Sociology, Cuban Literature, Dialectology and Sociolinguistics.
• IFSA provides academic advising and tutoring throughout the semester.
• No internship/service-learning opportunities
• An Academic Coordinator onsite guides students through the course registration process.
• Class size: 10-40 (5-7 IFSA-Butler students each semester)
• Just 90 miles southeast of the Florida Keys, Cuba is close by but feels like it’s a world away.
• Although the biggest city and commercial center in Cuba, Havana allows easy access to national parks, hiking trails and beautiful natural sites.
• Program housing is within walking distance from the university.
• Students live in Casa Particulares, which are private accommodations with a Cuban family. The concept of a casa particular is similar to a bed and breakfast or room rental. This is common in Cuba, in which private family establishments provide lodging, usually on a short-term basis.

Field Trips and Cultural Events:
• Semester curricular activities and excursions may include the following: attendance at concerts, the ballet or a theater performance; a visit to Finca Vigia (the Cuban home of Ernest Hemingway); a visit to the second largest Cuban city, Santiago de Cuba, where students explore some of the first settlements and most important historic sites on the island; a tour of the tobacco and coffee plantations in Vinales; a trip to Cueva del Indio a pre-historic rock art site.
• All students are encouraged to join the various clubs, societies and non-credit bearing classes offered at UH and in the community. Recent IFSA students have participated in weekly football and basketball teams, ceramics classes, salsa dancing lessons and model United Nations.

• Rooms are shared doubles with air conditioning, shared bathroom and access to a refrigerator and safety box. All linens are provided.
• The housing includes two meals per day, typically breakfast and dinner. Students may purchase an affordable lunch near the university, or prepare a lunch to take from home.
• There is a mandatory multi-day orientation at the start of the program to familiarize all participants with life in Cuba, health and safety aspects, and academic policies and procedures


IFSA - Cuba  

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