Cuba, Havana

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

Duration:

• 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

Requirements:

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

Academics:

• 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.

Housing: 
• 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

Links: 

IFSA - Cuba  

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