DRCLAS Study Abroad Program in Cuba

Deadline for fall 2017: rolling through March 1, 2017

The DRCLAS Study Abroad Program in Cuba introduces 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. Cuba has undergone a dramatic economic transition over the last two decades, and the program allows students to experience the challenges and rewards of Cuban reality first-hand.

Harvard students enroll directly in courses of their choosing in the humanities, biological and social sciences and attend classes with Cuban university students. Program participants live in a residence close to the University de la Habana in Cuba's metropolitan capital, which boasts 2.2 million residents. Students receive ongoing mentoring and guidance from Cuban experts in a range of fields who have worked as former DRCLAS visiting scholars. Students attend arts and cultural events, participate in bi-monthly seminars with Cuban scholars, and receive advanced Spanish language training when necessary. A Harvard program coordinator based in Havana offers residential advising and student support during the semester abroad.

The study abroad program is organized by the DRCLAS Cuba Studies Program, which is recognized as one of the largest, most diverse, and most connected Cuban Studies Programs in the United States, in partnership with the Office of International Education. This program runs in the fall semester only, and 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 further information or to arrange an appointment to speak about the program in further detail, please contact Erin Goodman, Associate Director of Programs.