IFSA-Butler Universidad de La Habana Partnership

Havana, Cuba
Term
Fall, Spring
Language of Instruction

Spanish

Language Prerequisite

5 semesters of university level or equivalent

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:
3.0
Typical Credit Load:
16

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-Butler students focused on Cuban culture and patrimony
  • Academic advising and tutoring available throughout the semester at no additional cost 

The IFSA-Butler 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

Courses
IFSA-Butler 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-Butler 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.
Course Restrictions
Foreign students are unable to enroll in science courses with labs and any courses in the math and law departments. Students are only able to take a maximum of 16 credit hours.
Transcripts
After you return to the U.S., IFSA-Butler will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the 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
Anthropology Art History Cultural Studies Economics European History History International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Latin American Studies Philosophy Political Science Sociology Spanish

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Host Family
Meals
Most meals included
Details
Students are placed in Casa Paticulares, 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-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.

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Michelle Ranieri

Resident Director, Cuba

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Spring 2018

Program start date
January 31, 2018
Program end date
May 12, 2018
Non-refundable Program Deposit
$500
Tuition
$12,740
Housing
$3,710
Estimated Personal Costs
Flight
$400
Visa
$0
Residence Permits
$0
Start-up Costs
$0
Books
$25
Meals
$340
Commuting
$90
Phone/Internet
$250
Misc
$115
Laundry
$0
Entertainment
$680
Independent Travel
$680
Total Estimated Personal Costs
$2,580

Fall 2018

Program start date
August 29, 2018
Program end date
December 15, 2018
Non-refundable Program Deposit
$500
Tuition
$12,740
Housing
$3,710
Total Program Fee
$16,450
Estimated Personal Costs
Flight
$400
Visa
n/a
Start-up Costs
n/a
Books
$25
Meals
$355
Commuting
$90
Phone/Internet
$265
Misc
$120
Laundry
n/a
Entertainment
$700
Independent Travel
$700
Total Estimated Personal Costs
$2,655