API - University of Havana Cuban and Caribbean Studies Program

Founded in 1728, The University of Havana 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 disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and business.

Study Abroad in Cuba with API and Marist College

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 the Spanish language, Cuban culture, and Caribbean studies at the prestigious University of Havana (Universidad de la Habana). 



The program will include two courses specifically designed for students on the program, covering the culture, politics, and economics of the Caribbean, and another using cinema in Cuba to study modern culture. Students will also enroll in regular University of Havana courses from the areas of Latin American, Caribbean and Cuban art; music; Cuban and Caribbean culture literature and history; philosophy; and the cultural and political processes of Cuban society. Coursework will be complemented by educational excursions (included in the program fee) and tentatively include trips to:

  • Las Terrazas - eco-village and UNESCO Reserve
  • Cayo Jutía - tropical island off the northwest coast of Cuba
  • Soroa - Castle of Clouds
  • Trinidad - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Santa Clara - Capital of Villa Clara
  • Cienfuegos - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Oriente - Capital of the Eastern Province
  • Baracoa - Cuba's oldest city

Students must have strong Spanish language skills and be ready to take coursework in the Spanish language. For a list of courses and brief program descriptions, click here.



Housing is in a residencia-style setting with other international students, and is guaranteed on the program. The residence is located in the Vedado neighborhood, and is in walking distance of the university. Breakfast and dinner are also provided as part of the program fee, with kitchenettes in the residencia to supplement the meals. A Resident Director will be on site in Havana throughout the program to assist students in registering for courses and cultural adjustment.

Program services include tuition; on-site Resident Director and staff; U.S.-based orientation, round trip flight to and from Havana, final evaluation programs; housing; tutoring; excursions; medical insurance; social and cultural activities; welcome and farewell group meals; re-entry materials and support; and transcript.


Admission Criteria

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application.
  • Sophomore level standing or higher at the time of study abroad.
  • Fluency in the Spanish language, so as to excel in Advanced Spanish level courses at the University of Havana. 
  • Academic Advisor approval of program and coursework.


General Information

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as space is limited on the program. More information about the program can be found on API's website here. Non-Marist students will apply directly through API, while Marist students will follow the normal protocol for applying.


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