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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 02/01/2022
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

Deadline has passed
Program Description:
Tulane in Cuba
  Program Sponsor: This program is sponsored by Tulane's Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and Center for Global Education, this study abroad opportunity is designed for advanced Spanish-language students who demonstrate a strong interest in the study of Cuba and Latin America in and outside the classroom.
This program is allowable under the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) general license that permits institutions of higher education to engage in academic exchange initiatives with Cuba.
Eligibility & Application Requirements: 3.0 GPA cumulative minimum. completion of Spanish 307D and 308E and 1 literary survey course taught in Spanish required (this can be taken in the Spring); more Latin American coursework preferred. Participants are expected to enroll in an advanced Spanish course in the spring semester prior to the program. Background knowledge and/or completion of coursework with Latin American and/or Cuban content is strongly recommended.

As part of the application process, students will take part in an interview conducted in English and Spanish, which will last approximately 20 minutes.

Program Dates:
Term Program Dates Deadline
Fall (only) mid August - mid December May 1
In mid August students will gather in Miami or Tampa before traveling as a group to Havana. University courses normally begin the first Monday of September. During the semester students will not be permitted to leave Cuba for leisure travel due to visa restrictions.

The Cuba program has limited capacity for the fall semester. Students are asked to identify an alternative back-up program option in case they are not selected for the Cuba program. Students not selected will be permitted to apply to their second choice.

  Approved Departments: The program is intended to appeal to a wide variety of students.

International & Area Studies
Latin American Studies

Coursework: In this direct-enrollment program students take four courses directly at the Universidad de La Habana alongside local Cuban students, plus one core course by the resident director. All courses at UH are taught in Spanish by resident faculty; UH courses are selected under the guidance of the Tulane resident director, as well as staff at the University.

During the first two weeks students attend classes and ultimately select four courses from two UH facultades: Artes y Letras, which includes Classics, Art History, Linguistics as well as Literature and Caribbean Studies, and Filosofia y Historia, which includes Sociology. Students with sufficient academic preparation who wish to take a course in an academic area outside these two departments may be able to do so and should consult the resident director and the director of study abroad.
  About the University of Havana
Founded in 1728, the Universidad de La Habana is Cuba's oldest and most prestigious institution of higher education. The main campus of UH is on the edge of the historic center of Havana in the Vedado neighborhood. UH is organized into three divisions—Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Economics— and has a total of 15 departments and 14 research centers. Twenty-five majors are taught at the university and approximately 6,000 degree students are enrolled in regular classes each year. Courses are taught on a semester basis with each period lasting 16 weeks.

With the support of the Office of International Relations at the Universidad de La Habana, participants will directly enroll in courses alongside students from two of the UH departments: Arts and Letters and/or Philosophy & History.

University of Havana web site:

  Housing: Students will stay in local student residences. casas particulares.  In 2013, students were lodged in Casa Vera in Vedado within walking distance or a short bus ride from the University of Havana. Students will share rooms offering simple, basic conveniences.  Bed linens and towels are provided and changed weekly.  Two meals daily are included in the cost of housing, and students also enjoy nearby inexpensive cafeterias, restaurants and snack bars. The residence has a 24-hour reception desk, lounge area, outdoor patio and computer area with internet access (you should not expect internet in the individual guest rooms or regular wifi).

Excursions and Travel during the Semester: The program will include occasional excursions to sites outside Havana. Also, every attempt will be made to facilitate connections between program participants and local students at UH, as well as students from other U.S. institutions in Havana.

Due to visa restrictions and the difficulty of travel outside Cuba, participants are expected to remain in Cuba for the duration of the semester.

  Estimated Fall Program Price: TBD

Pre-departure Orientation: Orientation for the fall semester program begins in the spring semester prior to departure. Multiple meetings aim to introduce students to academic culture in Cuba, U.S.-Cuban relations, health and safety issues, as well as historical cultural context for the present-day Cuba. Non-Tulane students can participate in these meetings via Skype. Students are expected to attend all pre-departure orientation program sessions during the spring semester.

In mid-August, students will gather in Miami or Tampa, Florida, before traveling to Havana, Cuba, where further on-site orientation will take place.

Passport & Cuban Academic Visa: All students should have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the completion of the program at the time of application. This is the responsibility of the student to apply or renew the passport.

In addition, all students will need a student visa to reside in Havana. Tulane University will arrange for Cuban visas with assistance from the University of Havana and the Cuban Interests Section in Washington D.C. The application process will require a valid passport, so please make sure your passport will be valid for at least 6 months after the completion of the program.

Tulane Faculty Director in Cuba
2010 - Carolina Caballero, Ph.D, Spanish & Portuguese
2011 - Annie McNeill Gibson, PhD., Latin American Studies
2012 - Marilyn Miller, Ph.D., Spanish & Portuguese
2014 - Ana Villar-Prados, Ph.D. candidate, Spanish & Portuguese

Email the appropriate Overseas Programs Coordinator, visit us during our walk-in hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-5958 to schedule an appointment.