IFSA Universidad de La Habana Partnership

Havana, Cuba


Fall, Spring
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite

5 semesters of university level or equivalent
What does this mean?

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 15
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

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 variety of disciplines
  • Academic advising and tutoring available throughout the semester at no additional cost 

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Universidad de La Habana Partnership


Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the Universidad de La Habana Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

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. IFSA encourages you to select courses that do a particularly good job of strengthening your Spanish skills, such as Spanish language, literature, or other writing-intensive courses.

 The academic structure of this program consists of the following courses:

Electives at Universidad de La Habana

You'll choose your course load from UH courses alongside Cuban students. Students can only choose four or five electives from the Facultad de Artes y Letras and Facultad de Filosofia e Historia.. Syllabi and previous course catalogs may be available on request from your program advisor. Students are only able to take a maximum of 16 credit hours.

Popular courses

  • History of Cuba
  • Rural Cultures of Cuba
  • Cuban Cinema
  • Afro-Caribbean Studies
  • Marxist-Leninist Philosphy
  • Sociology of Health
  • General Linguistics
  • Dialectology and Sociolinguistics
  • Cuban Literature
  • Urban Sociology
Course Restrictions
Foreign students can only enroll in courses through the Facultad de Artes y Letras and the Facultad de Filosofia e Historia
Experiential Learning
Students on a semester program in Cuba have the opportunity to participate in part-time, non-credit bearing, volunteering opportunities at sites located throughout the country. The placement process begins with indicating on your IFSA application that you would like to volunteer while in Cuba. The local IFSA office then works with your availability outside of classes and your interests, to help find an appropriate option for you.
IFSA does make every effort to connect students to companies or organizations that match the organization’s needs with a student’s skillset, experience, and goals, including but not limited to the student’s Spanish language level and communication skills. Below are examples of what students have done in the past and what you might be able to do during your time abroad:
  • Become an English language tutor for locals, varying in age from elementary school children or working professionals hoping to fine tune their English skills
  • Play an active role in environmental clean up initiatives, including helping advertise the events, educating the public on importance of keeping areas clean, and day of activities

After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Universidad de La Habana Partnership
African Studies Anthropology Art Education Art History Community Studies Cultural Studies Ecology Economics European History Film/Cinema Studies Health Studies Historic Preservation and Conservation History International Studies/Affairs/Relations Latin American Studies Linguistics Literature Philosophy Political Science Population Studies/Demography Sociology Spanish

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Host Family
Most meals included
Students are placed 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 paid lodging, usually on a short-term basis. Rooms are shared doubles with air conditioning, shared bathroom and access to a refrigerator and safety box. All linens are provided. Housing is within walking distance from the university. 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.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Jennifer McKibben

Assistant Director of Student Services. Program Advisor for IFSAOnline, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, England, Mexico, Peru, and Scotland

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Resident Director

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Rose Ana Berbeo

Resident Director, Cuba

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Spring 2021

Program Dates

Program Start Date
Late January 2021
Program End Date
Mid-May 2021

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Coming Soon
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Fall 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
August 25, 2020
Program End Date
December 13, 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs