5 semesters of university level or equivalent
- Fall: April 1
- Spring: October 15
About Universidad de La Habana Partnership
Make history with us as we experience changes daily. Study at one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America, and spend a long weekend living in an intentional community hours from Havana. Learn, explore, dance, play ball, and make friends while you are part of something few Americans will ever experience.
Universidad de La Habana Partnership Benefits
- Study at Universidad de La Habana (UH), Cuba's oldest and most prestigious university, which attracts students from throughout Latin America and around the world
- Located next to the heart of Havana's historic district, UH offers a unique opportunity for the adventurous and flexible student
- Integrate with Cuban students in elective courses available in a wide variety of disciplines
- Take one core course developed exclusively for IFSA students focused on Cuban culture and patrimony
- Academic advising and tutoring available throughout the semester at no additional cost
What our students say
Being Caribbean in Cuba: Part 2
Being Caribbean in Cuba: Part 1
Beyond Fresa Y Chocolate: LGBTQ+ Culture in Havana
El Mar Cubano
First Doesn’t Mean Alone
How One Student Found Family in Picadora
How to Ration Your Dimes for 4 Months and Not Break the Bank
What Comes With Being First?
Beyond Lonely Planet: 5 Cheap Places to Eat in Havana
Why I Decided to Study Abroad in Cuba Despite the Travel Warning
Cuban Diplomacy: Model United Nations in Havana
The IFSA-Butler Difference
Academics at Universidad de La Habana Partnership
IFSA offers a dynamic, immersive semester study abroad program at the Universidad de La Habana (UH) in Havana, Cuba. This unique program allows you to enroll directly in UH and study alongside local students, while also taking a program course developed exclusively for IFSA students. The academic structure of this program consists of the following courses:
- Cuba: Culture, Art, and Society (3 U.S. semester credit hours): This mandatory program course, from an anthropological perspective, looks at a panorama of Cuban culture and heritage to help students better understand their host communities. It looks at aboriginal Cuban cultures, 18th and 19th century events, and the growth of cultural and scientific societies. It also explores Cuban linguistics, as well as museums showcasing art, ethnology, ethnography and anthropology. It focuses on management of historical and cultural patrimony and tourism, as well as case studies such as the urban centers of Baracoa and Habana Vieja (Old Havana). Cultural values surrounding collections, paintings, recordings, literature, architecture, and film, and well as racial and demographic issues, are explored.
- Advanced Spanish (3 U.S. semester credit hours): There are various levels of advanced Spanish available, including classes for native Spanish speakers. Although students with a high level of Spanish may choose not to take the advanced Spanish course, it is highly recommended.
Electives at Universidad de La Habana
You'll complete your courseload with courses are UH alongside Cuban students. Students can only choose three or four electives from the Facultad de Filosofía e Historia and the Facultad de Artes y Letras departments. Syllabi and previous course catalogs may be available on request from your program advisor. Please note that students are only able to take a maximum of 16 credit hours.
UH subjects available include: Art History, Anthropology, Economics, European History, History, International Business, International Studies/Relations, Film/Cinema Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology and Spanish.
Housing & Meals
The IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team and staff who are here to help every student prepare and be ready to achieve their goals at every step of the way.