Study Abroad in Cuba

Since fall 2016, DRCLAS has worked together with the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad in Havana to administer a semester-length study abroad opportunity for Harvard College students.

The Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad - Havana (CASA-Havana), administered by Brown University, provides undergraduate students from Consortium schools (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Trinity College Dublin, University of Melbourne, University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt ) with the unique opportunity to have direct access to Cuba's leading institutions of higher learning. The University of Havana and Casa de las Américas, Cuba's premier research institution on Caribbean and Latin American studies, Cuban Culture and the arts. CASA-Havana, the University of Havana and Casa de Las Américas have worked together to develop a program of study that will challenge you to achieve a critical understanding of the key issues facing Cuba today and enable you to interact with some of the country's leading academic experts in the social sciences, arts, and the humanities. 

Prior to the expansion of the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA-Cuba) operation in Havana, DRCLAS administered Study Abroad Program in Cuba from 2007-2015, which was one of the first programs of its kind in Havana. The program introduced Harvard students to critical issues in Cuban culture and politics, with particular emphasis on U.S.-Cuban relations, through a semester of coursework at the University of Havana/Universidad de La Habana. Students take credit-bearing classes in Spanish alongside Cuban students, and interact with peers who share an intellectual curiousity about Cuba's past, present, and future. Students have the opportunity to enroll in up to four full-time courses, choosing between courses offered through CASA and the University of Havana (Harvard students are required to enroll in a minimum of two University of Havana courses).

In keeping some key components of the former DRCLAS program, Harvard students participating in the CASA-Cuba program will receive ongoing mentoring and guidance from Cuban experts in a range of fields who were previously visiting scholars at DRCLAS. Students attend arts and cultural events, participate in bi-monthly seminars with Cuban scholars, and receive advanced Spanish language training when necessary. The CASA-Cuba Resident Director, Rainer Schultz, is a Harvard PhD and former DRCLAS staff member; Rainer and is team are now based in Havana, and offer residential and academic advising and student support during the semester abroad.

This program is intended for Harvard College juniors with a minimum GPA of 3.2 who have taken at least six full courses of Spanish language instruction including speaking, reading and writing (Harvard courses and high school courses accepted). For more information or to arrange an appointment to speak about the program in further detail, please contact us.

Deadline for study in Havana in fall 2018: March 1, 2018 / in spring 2019: November 1, 2018