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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rider applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/01/2019 02/01/2019 TBA TBA
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 03/01/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 08/15/2019 08/15/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Target Language: Spanish GPA Requirement: 3.0
Housing Options: Student Housing Scholarships: External Scholarship
Internship available: No
Program Description:

API - University of Havana

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Academics Location
Students will take a required Spanish Language course throughout the term. This course uses the Cuban experience as a backdrop for discussion and writing assignments. This is a 4-credit course which meets twice a week.

Upon arrival in Havana, you will take a language placement test that will place you into the level that will best enable you to progress rapidly in oral and writteIf you are a native speaker or have near-native proficiency, you may not have to take this course.)

All students are required to take a multidisciplinary survey course on Caribbean Studies. In addition to the Spanish Language course and required Caribbean Studies course, students may choose 2-3 courses from among the following courses each term (in order to earn up to 12-16 credits per semester).

The capital and largest city of the island nation of Cuba, Havana has a long and storied past. The city was chartered by King Phillip II of Spain in 1592, and was recognized by royal decree in 1634 as the “Key to the New World.” Due to its historic role as a trading port, Havana often fell prey to attacks by pirates and buccaneers, leading to the construction of a series of forts that can still be visited today – the most famous of these being “El Morro Fortress.”

The city expanded greatly during the 17th century, growing to be the third largest city in the Americas by the middle of the 18th century; indeed, it was larger than Boston and New York at the time! The 19th century saw the construction of the railroad (the fifth in the world) and of various cultural arenas (theaters, lyceum, etc.) that hosted influential exhibits and performances throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Today the city continues to promote the arts with numerous international arts and music festivals each year, including the Havana International Jazz Festival, the International Havana Ballet Festival, the Havana International Film Festival, and more!
Student Life
Students who study abroad in Cuba with API on the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Program will take a required Spanish language course throughout the term. This course uses the Cuban experience as a backdrop for language practice, discussion, and writing assignments. Students are also required to enroll in a course on Caribbean studies. Students choose their remaining courses from a selection of offerings in art history, communication, literature, and cultural/regional studies with local Cuban students. Courses are offered Monday through Friday, in both the mornings and afternoons. Course work will be supplemented by numerous cultural activities and excursions.