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API: Havana, Cuba (Third Party)

The Program

Founded in 1728, the Universidad de la Habana is the oldest university in Cuba and one of the first to be founded in the Americas. Originally a religious institution, today it hosts over 15 colleges/faculties spanning the disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and business.

American students are once again permitted by the U.S. government to study in this culturally rich southern neighbor. Students in Havana will have the opportunity to study Spanish language, Cuban culture, and humanitarian studies at the prestigious Universidad de la Habana.

The Academics

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 will select a “track” course covering either Cuban studies or Caribbean studies. Students choose their remaining courses from a selection of offerings.

Students can also choose to participate in the Language and Culture Semester Program, in which they would focus on Spanish language studies, as well as Cuban culture. In addition to Spanish language, students in this program will be able to choose from courses in Cuban culture, cinema, literature, history, and linguistics. All courses are taught in Spanish.

For a list of course offerings, visit this page.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

The Experience

The capital and largest city of the island nation of Cuba, Havana has a long and storied past. 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.

Students in Havana will live with other international students in a local residencia near the campus run by a host family. Breakfast and dinner are also provided as part of the program fee.

Finances

Dr. Paul B. Goodwin, Jr. endowed Study Abroad Scholarship
One of the first UConn majors in Latin American Studies, Mr. Bruce Lane remembers how traveling in Argentina impacted and transformed his life. To assist new students in having similar opportunities, Mr. Lane has generously established the Dr. Paul B. Goodwin, Jr. Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship in honor of his mentor, Emeritus Professor of History, Paul Goodwin, Jr. The purpose of the Fund is to support University students participating in Study Abroad programs to Latin American and the Caribbean. For more information contact Anne Gebelein: anne.gebelein@uconn.edu. If a student withdraws from his/her study abroad program after being awarded the scholarship, UConn Education Abroad reserves the right to revoke the scholarship award.

Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Humanities
Language of instruction: Spanish Prior language study required: 2 semesters
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3