Study from a unique perspective and experience the eclectic Cuban life

This is your chance to explore the unique way of life in Cuba and the vibrant city of Havana, with its eclectic mix of Latin, European and American cultures. Your studies will involve a deep immersion into student life in Cuba, studying through Spanish and with other Cuban students at our academic partner, the prestigious University of Havana. Our Resident Director in Havana will be on-hand to help you every step of the way and you will live and study in the vibrant Vedado neighborhood of central Havana close to the university, cafes, music venues and local student hangouts.

As the largest in Cuba and one of the most renowned universities in the Caribbean and Central America, the University of Havana offers a unique and exciting learning experience. Direct-enrollment courses in a variety of departments at University of Havana, one of the premier universities in the Caribbean and Central America. Particular areas of academic strength are: politics, Afro-Caribbean studies, music, literature, philosophy, sociology, history, biology and international relations.

The housing is in Vedado, which is one of the neighborhoods of Havana. It’s not in the center, but it is still really close to the university and very close to Malecon, which is where everyone hangs out at night by the ocean. It is a very vibrant neighborhood with lots of things to do and lots of places to eat. ”

Janelle Crilley

Arcadia University Student, University of Havana

  • Core Course: The Arcadia study abroad program in Cuba is a full-immersion program where all courses are taught in Spanish alongside Cuban students. The core course, Cuban-American Relations: Past and Present, is taught by faculty of the Centro de Estudios Hemisféricos y sobre Estados Unidos (CEHSEU - Center for Hemispheric and U.S. Studies) at UH, focusing on U.S.-Cuban relations and history. The four-credit course will give you an introduction into the historic and socio-cultural background of Cuba and help you understand current developments in the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba.

  • Spanish Language: Depending on your level of Spanish, you will also be placed in a Spanish language course.

  • Two-Three Electives: In addition to the core course and the language course, you will choose two or three elective courses from the vast array offered by the University of Havana, in any department of the university.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Fall 2015 TBA TBA 16 $19,200 4/1/2015 More Info
Spring 2016 1/27/2016 5/14/2016 16 $18,250 10/1/2015 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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Program Details



Language of Instruction

Proficiency Dependent



Location Type

Large City


As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed accommodation. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


Health & Safety

Student health, safety and security in Cuba are our top priorities. Our experienced and well-connected staff are prepared to deal with any emergencies that may arise...

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