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Students who want to study abroad in Cuba and focus on Spanish language studies, as well as Cuban culture, would be well suited to this program. In addition to Spanish language, students in this program will be able to choose from courses in Cuban culture, cinema, literature, history, and linguistics.

What's Included?

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Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

Round-Trip Airfare (Miami-Havana)

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions 

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (breakfast and dinner included)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

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Application Requirements

  • 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate student and under the age of 25
  • Open to high-intermediate to advanced level Spanish speakers (with a minimum of 3 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent; 4-5 semesters for integrated courses)
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Completion of an oral interview
  • Statement of purpose
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Havana programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Viñales and Las Terrazas

    The province of Pinar del Río is the principal tobacco growing area of Cuba. Lush, green fields, dotted with picturesque tobacco drying huts and thatched roofed homes (bohíos) of the local farmers, or ¨guajiros, ¨make for stunning scenery. The province’s main attraction is the famous Valley of Viñales, where huge flat-topped limestone formations (mogotes) rise high above the valley floor. These “mogotes” are laced with spectacular caves, with flowing internal rivers which can be explored by hiking and boat rides.

    Las Terrazas is a small pioneering eco-village, originally a reforestation project and now a UNESCO biosphere reserve. A self-sustaining community, with a hotel, shops, a vegetarian restaurant and organic farming, it boasts a canopy tour, the remains of coffee plantations from the past century, and is a center for artist, and artisans of many kinds.

  • Trinidad, Santa Clara, and Cienfuegos

    Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site, now an major tourist destination, has preserved the stately colonial mansions and buildings remnants of its former wealth from sugar mills. In addition to the town itself, a stop for the night at one of the south coast´s best beaches and a view of the Escambray mountains, a strategic point in Fidel Castro´s revolution, make Trinidad a highlight of any trip through Cuba. A trip to Trinidad includes visits to the towns of Santa Clara and Cienfuegos.

    Santa Clara is the capital of Villa Clara province in the heart of Cuba. Santa Clara is also the final resting place of revolutionary Che Guevara, and was site of the final battle of the Cuban revolution in 1958.

    One of Cuba’s main ports, the city of Cienfuegos is a UNESCO World Heritage site, being cited as the best extant example of the 19th-century early Spanish Enlightenment implementation in urban planning. Cienfuegos played an important role in battles during the Spanish-American and Cuban Revolutionary wars.

  • Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, and Baracoa

    The city of Santiago de Cuba, capital of the province of Oriente, the most Eastern province on the island, was once the capital of Cuba (the capital was later moved to Havana). Far from Havana, it is a city which has traditionally been the seat of rebellion. Historical reminders of Cuba’s war of Independence from Spain, such as San Juan Hill and Castro´s revolution, such as the Moncada barracks, are important to visit. Famous for its rum, its music – the son, the trova, and its colorful carnival, it also has a nice Morro fortress which guards its harbor, the Castillo San Pedro del Morro. José Martí, Cuba´s venerated poet and writer, known as the George Washington of Cuba for his inspired efforts to galvanize his people to fight for independence from Spain, is buried in Santiago.

    Baracoa, in the province of Guantánamo, was the actual first capital of Cuba and is Cuba’s oldest city, founded in 1511. It is relatively isolated in terms of transportation, which has enabled it to maintain its charm and friendly, hospitable atmosphere. It has been called the ¨Shangri-La of Cuba.¨ The Baracoa region is famous for its cacao, and of course, its chocolate treats. Baracoa is an artists’ haven, with many studios throughout the town.

  • Varadero

    In the last 20 years, the Cuban tourism industry has increased greatly and has helped the government deal with the economic hard times of the 1990’s when Cuba lost the support of the Soviet Union. Now millions of tourists travel to Cuba and Varadero is one of the most popular destinations with 20 km of white sand and tranquil turquoise waters. Despite the increasing construction of hotels, Cuba has one of the most comprehensive sets of laws in the region for sustainability and protection of the environment. You will enjoy pristine beaches, water sports, salsa music on the beach, spectacularly colorful sunsets and may opt to explore nearby caves and ecological reserves.

  • Viñales and Las Terrazas

    The province of Pinar del Río is the principal tobacco growing area of Cuba. Lush, green fields, dotted with picturesque tobacco drying huts and thatched roofed homes (bohíos) of the local farmers, or ¨guajiros, ¨make for stunning scenery. The province’s main attraction is the famous Valley of Viñales, where huge flat-topped limestone formations (mogotes) rise high above the valley floor. These “mogotes” are laced with spectacular caves, with flowing internal rivers which can be explored by hiking and boat rides.

    Las Terrazas is a small pioneering eco-village, originally a reforestation project and now a UNESCO biosphere reserve. A self-sustaining community, with a hotel, shops, a vegetarian restaurant and organic farming, it boasts a canopy tour, the remains of coffee plantations from the past century, and is a center for artist, and artisans of many kinds.

  • Trinidad, Santa Clara, and Cienfuegos

    Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site, now an major tourist destination, has preserved the stately colonial mansions and buildings remnants of its former wealth from sugar mills. In addition to the town itself, a stop for the night at one of the south coast´s best beaches and a view of the Escambray mountains, a strategic point in Fidel Castro´s revolution, make Trinidad a highlight of any trip through Cuba. A trip to Trinidad includes visits to the towns of Santa Clara and Cienfuegos.

    Santa Clara is the capital of Villa Clara province in the heart of Cuba. Santa Clara is also the final resting place of revolutionary Che Guevara, and was site of the final battle of the Cuban revolution in 1958.

    One of Cuba’s main ports, the city of Cienfuegos is a UNESCO World Heritage site, being cited as the best extant example of the 19th-century early Spanish Enlightenment implementation in urban planning. Cienfuegos played an important role in battles during the Spanish-American and Cuban Revolutionary wars.

  • Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, and Baracoa

    The city of Santiago de Cuba, capital of the province of Oriente, the most Eastern province on the island, was once the capital of Cuba (the capital was later moved to Havana). Far from Havana, it is a city which has traditionally been the seat of rebellion. Historical reminders of Cuba’s war of Independence from Spain, such as San Juan Hill and Castro´s revolution, such as the Moncada barracks, are important to visit. Famous for its rum, its music – the son, the trova, and its colorful carnival, it also has a nice Morro fortress which guards its harbor, the Castillo San Pedro del Morro. José Martí, Cuba´s venerated poet and writer, known as the George Washington of Cuba for his inspired efforts to galvanize his people to fight for independence from Spain, is buried in Santiago.

    Baracoa, in the province of Guantánamo, was the actual first capital of Cuba and is Cuba’s oldest city, founded in 1511. It is relatively isolated in terms of transportation, which has enabled it to maintain its charm and friendly, hospitable atmosphere. It has been called the ¨Shangri-La of Cuba.¨ The Baracoa region is famous for its cacao, and of course, its chocolate treats. Baracoa is an artists’ haven, with many studios throughout the town.

  • Varadero

    In the last 20 years, the Cuban tourism industry has increased greatly and has helped the government deal with the economic hard times of the 1990’s when Cuba lost the support of the Soviet Union. Now millions of tourists travel to Cuba and Varadero is one of the most popular destinations with 20 km of white sand and tranquil turquoise waters. Despite the increasing construction of hotels, Cuba has one of the most comprehensive sets of laws in the region for sustainability and protection of the environment. You will enjoy pristine beaches, water sports, salsa music on the beach, spectacularly colorful sunsets and may opt to explore nearby caves and ecological reserves.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 15-16 credits per semester

Students who want to study abroad in Cuba and focus on Spanish language studies, as well as Cuban culture, would be well suited to this program.

Students are required to take a Spanish language course (with other international students). This course uses the Cuban experience as a backdrop for language practice, discussion, and writing assignments.

Students can choose their remaining courses from a selection of offerings in the Spanish Department for Non-Spanish Speakers with other international students or from integrated courses with Cuban students. Integrated classes may be taken in the Departments of Philosophy, History, Sociology, Literature, and Art History. Students may also choose to take a Cuban film seminar with international students through the Foundation for New Latin American Cinema.

Courses are offered Monday through Friday, in both the mornings and afternoons. Coursework will be supplemented by numerous cultural activities and excursions.

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive a transcript from the Universidad de la Habana upon completion of their program. Option to receive a transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Marist College) for an additional fee.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Emily Moran

    Emily Moran will be your Resident Director in Havana and a resource for you on-site.

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    Lauren Daniels

    Lauren Daniels will be your Program Manager for this location and will prepare you to go abroad with us!

    Email - lauren.daniels@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

REQUIRED SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSE

Students will take a required Spanish Language course throughout the term. This course uses the Cuban experience as a backdrop for discussion and writing assignments. This 4-credit course meets twice a week and is offered at the advanced level. Upon arrival in Havana, students will take a language placement test to confirm their advanced language proficiency. (If you are a native speaker or have near-native proficiency, you may not have to take this course.)

CUBAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES COURSE

All students are required to take a multidisciplinary survey course in Cuban Studies and Caribbean Studies. This course is subject to minimum enrollment.

COURSES WITH LOCAL STUDENTS

In addition to the Spanish Language course and the required Cuban Studies or Caribbean Studies course, students may choose 2-3 courses from among the following courses each term (in order to earn up to 12-16 credits per semester).

COURSES FOR NON-NATIVE SPANISH SPEAKERS (FENHI)

There are a number of courses available to semester students in the Spanish department for non-Spanish speakers (FENHI). These courses do not require the same level of Spanish as the integrated classes and are taken with other international students, not Cuban students. These courses will have FENHI in the course title to distinguish them from other integrated offerings.

CREDIT INFORMATION

The Universidad de la Habana operates on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

Advanced Spanish Language

This course offers an in-depth review and the study of the more problematic aspects of Spanish grammar for English speakers. After an overview of the subjunctive and past tense narration rules, the course proceeds with intense work in consolidating the multiple uses of the subjunctive in nominal, adjectival and adverbial clauses and practice in perfecting skills in past tense narration. Other grammatical points include a sequence of tenses, passive voice, conditional, prepositions and future perfect. All of the above is presented in cultural contexts and includes vocabulary expansion exercises and ample communicative activities. Writing activities integrate and recycle the above communicative functions in short essays and opinion pieces with the Cuban experience as the backdrop for creative expression. Sociocultural knowledge will include discussions of the following themes: Cuban history; developments in Science and Technology; the Environment and the energy revolution in Cuba; social interaction and relationships in Cuba; linguistic particularities and idiomatic expressions; and ethical values in Cuban culture.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Cuban and Caribbean Studies

This course will focus on the place of Cuba in the Caribbean, with the aim of giving students an overview of the larger region and how different aspects of it manifest in Cuba. Topics covered by professors and invited lecturers will include: Caribbean Studies in Cuba, Caribbean history, the African influence in the Caribbean, Haiti and Cuba, Caribbean culture and identity, Caribbean music, women’s role in the Caribbean, Caribbean cinema, economic organizations in the Caribbean, tourism in the Caribbean, relations between the US and the Caribbean, and cultural diversity and migrations within the Caribbean. In addition to lecture sessions and seminars, students will participate in related cultural visits in Havana and surrounding areas. The course will also include a week-long excursion to different cities in Cuba, during which students will be able to experience firsthand some of the places and topics they’ve studied over the course of the semester.

This course will also present some of the main processes that have developed in Cuban society from the 1990s until present-day, with the aim of giving students a multi-disciplinary overview of Cuban contemporary society. Topics covered by professors and invited lecturers will include: the Triumph of the Revolution, the Cuban political system and organization of the Cuban State, economic and social policies of the Party and the government, economic development and recent changes, issues related to Cuban youth and their role in Cuban society, the role of women in Cuban society, current issues of race, and elements of Cuban International Relations in the Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond. In addition to lecture sessions and seminars, students will participate in related cultural visits in Havana and surrounding areas. The course will also include a week-long excursion to different cities in Cuba, during which students will be able to experience firsthand some of the places and topics they’ve studied over the course of the semester.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 60

Arte Latinoamericano II (Latin American Art II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Cuba II (History of Cuba II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Cubana I (Cuban Literature I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Española III (Spanish Literature III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Antropología Biológica (Anthropological Biology)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Fisiología de los Sistemas de Control (Philosophy of Control Systems)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Tendencia del Capitalismo Contemporáneo (Trend of Contemporary Capitalism)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología del Desarrollo (Sociology of Development)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte Caribeño I (Caribbean Art I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte Caribeño III (Caribbean Art III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte Cubano I (Cuban Art I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte de Cuba III (Art of Cuba III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Cine Cubano (Cuban Cinema)

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Dialectología y Sociolingüística (Dialectology and Sociolinguistics)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Estudios Afrocaribeños (Afro-Caribbean Studies)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Filosofía y Sociedad II (Philosophy and Society II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de la Filosofía I (History of Philosophy I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de la Lingüística (History of Linguistics)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia del Arte II (Art History II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Arte IV (Art History IV)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Lingüística General II (General Linguistics)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Cubana III (Cuban Literature III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Cubana III (Cuban Literature III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literature Latinamericana I (Latin American Literature I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Latinoamericana III (Latin American Literature III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Musica Cubana (Cuban Music)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Teoria Literaria II (Literary Theory II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Economía Política II (Political Economy I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de America (History of America)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Pensamiento Latinoamericano (Latin American Thought)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Teoría e Historia de la Filosofía Marxista Leninista II (Theory and History of Marxist-Leninist Philosophy II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Teoría e Ideología de la Revolución Cubana (Theory and Ideology of the Cuban Revolution)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Cursos Especial Jose Marti (Special Course: Jose Martí)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Economia Politica II (Economic Politics II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Africa y Medio Oriente (History of Africa and the Middle East)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia America Latina IV y El Caribe (Latin American History IV and the Caribbean)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Cuba IV (History of Cuba IV)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Estados Unidos (History of the United States)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Pensamiento Cubano (History of Cuban Thought)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia Moderna (Modern History)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Teoria Sociologica (Sociological Theory)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Pensamiento Economico Universal (Universal Economic Thinking)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Pensamiento Sociologico Latinoamericano (Sociological Latin American Thought)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Psicología Social (Social Psychology)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología de la Educación (Sociology of Education)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología de la Familia (Sociology of the Family)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología de la Prevensión y Atensión Social (Sociology of Prevention and Social Attention)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología de la Salud (Sociology of Health)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología de Conocimiento (Sociology of Knowledge)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Cultura Cubana (Cuban Culture) - FENHI

This Cuban Culture course offers a panorama of the process of gestation and development of Cuban Culture, of its richness and complexity, from its origins to the present day. The course will share foundational knowledge about the cultural, artistic, economic, political, and social facts that have determined the historical destiny of Cuba, as well as a vision of the diverse ethnic and cultural components that make up the “mestizaje” of the Cuban nation, heir of multiple traditions. This course is designed for Spanish learners who wish to expand their understanding of the expression and way of life of the Cuban people, while at the same time improving their linguistic skills.

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: B1 (Intermediate)  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Estudios Lingüísticos II – Lexicología del español (Linguistics – Spanish Lexicology) - FENHI

This course aspires to contribute to a more profound understanding of the Spanish language, with students focusing on the lexical level and the units that form it, with special attention to diaphasic and diastratic levels of the Spanish lexicon. Students will develop their communicative competence, not only through a study of the course content but also through the system of practical classes and seminars, which will demand active participation in all teaching activities.

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: B1 (Intermediate)  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Estudios Lingüísticos III – Estilística Lingüística (Linguistics – Linguistic Style) - FENHI

This course aspires to contribute to a more profound understanding of the Spanish language. It emphasizes the study of different styles of discourse and contemporary linguistic conceptions of language styles, centering attention on the language in use, its theoretical foundations, and its practical applications in a variety of different texts. Students will develop their communicative competence through an analysis of linguistic examples of communicative situations with differing contexts, with the aim of improving their own skills and developing creativity and cognoscitive independence alongside accuracy and intentionality. It is necessary to clarify that the discursive/functional analysis (or communicative/functional description of a text) rests on the characterization of linguistic approaches used to create meaning in different contexts, requiring a consideration of the relationship between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics in discourse analysis.

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: B1 (Intermediate)  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Panorama de la Historia de Cuba (Panorama of Cuban History) - FENHI

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Estudios Linguisticos - Fonética y Fonologia del Espanol (Linguistics - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology) - FENHI

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Advanced Spanish Language

This course offers an in-depth review and the study of the more problematic aspects of Spanish grammar for English speakers. After an overview of the subjunctive and past tense narration rules, the course proceeds with intense work in consolidating the multiple uses of the subjunctive in nominal, adjectival and adverbial clauses and practice in perfecting skills in past tense narration. Other grammatical points include a sequence of tenses, passive voice, conditional, prepositions and future perfect. All of the above is presented in cultural contexts and includes vocabulary expansion exercises and ample communicative activities. Writing activities integrate and recycle the above communicative functions in short essays and opinion pieces with the Cuban experience as the backdrop for creative expression. Sociocultural knowledge will include discussions of the following themes: Cuban history; developments in Science and Technology; the Environment and the energy revolution in Cuba; social interaction and relationships in Cuba; linguistic particularities and idiomatic expressions; and ethical values in Cuban culture.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Cuban and Caribbean Studies

This course will focus on the place of Cuba in the Caribbean, with the aim of giving students an overview of the larger region and how different aspects of it manifest in Cuba. Topics covered by professors and invited lecturers will include: Caribbean Studies in Cuba, Caribbean history, the African influence in the Caribbean, Haiti and Cuba, Caribbean culture and identity, Caribbean music, women’s role in the Caribbean, Caribbean cinema, economic organizations in the Caribbean, tourism in the Caribbean, relations between the US and the Caribbean, and cultural diversity and migrations within the Caribbean. In addition to lecture sessions and seminars, students will participate in related cultural visits in Havana and surrounding areas. The course will also include a week-long excursion to different cities in Cuba, during which students will be able to experience firsthand some of the places and topics they’ve studied over the course of the semester.

This course will also present some of the main processes that have developed in Cuban society from the 1990s until present-day, with the aim of giving students a multi-disciplinary overview of Cuban contemporary society. Topics covered by professors and invited lecturers will include: the Triumph of the Revolution, the Cuban political system and organization of the Cuban State, economic and social policies of the Party and the government, economic development and recent changes, issues related to Cuban youth and their role in Cuban society, the role of women in Cuban society, current issues of race, and elements of Cuban International Relations in the Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond. In addition to lecture sessions and seminars, students will participate in related cultural visits in Havana and surrounding areas. The course will also include a week-long excursion to different cities in Cuba, during which students will be able to experience firsthand some of the places and topics they’ve studied over the course of the semester.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 60

Apreciación Literaria I (Literary Appreciation I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte Africano (African Art)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte Asiático (Asian Art)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte Caribe II (Caribbean Art II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte Cubano II (Cuban Art II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte Cubano IV (Cuban Art IV)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte Español (Spanish Art)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte I (Art I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte III (Art III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte V (Art V)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte Latinoamericano II (Latin American Art II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte Latinoamericano IV (Latin American Art IV)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Corrientes Linguisticas (Current Linguistics)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Estudios de Cultural Caribeña (Caribbean Cultural Studies)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Filosofía y Sociedad I (Philosophy and Society I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Cuba I (History of Cuba I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Cuba II (History of Cuba II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de la Lengua Española (History of the Spanish Language)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia del Arte I (Art History I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia del Cine (History of Cinema)

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Lingüística General I (General Linguistics I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Lingüística General III (General Linguistics III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Caribeña (Caribbean Literature)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Cubana I (Cuban Literature I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Cubana II (Cuban Literature II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Española I (Spanish Literature I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Española III (Spanish Literature III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Latinoamericana II (Latin American Literature II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Teoría de la Cultura Artistica II (Cultural Artistic Theory II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Teoría Literaria I (Literary Theory I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Antropología Biológica (Anthropological Biology)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Fisiología de los Sistemas de Control (Philosophy of Control Systems)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Economía Política I (Political Economy I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de las Ideas Políticas (History of Political Ideas)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Introducción a la Ciencia Política (Introduction to Political Science)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Pensamiento Cubano (Cuban Thought)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Pensamiento Filosófico Contemporáneo (Contemporary Philosophical Thought)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Tendencia del Capitalismo Contemporáneo (Trend of Contemporary Capitalism)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Teoría e Historia de la Filosofía Marxista Leninista I (Theory and History of Marxist-Leninist Philosophy I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Economía Política I (Political Economy I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Filosofía y Sociedad I (Philosophy and Society I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de América Latina y El Caribe III (History of Latin American and the Caribbean III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Cuba I (History of Cuba I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Cuba III (History of Cuba III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Cuba V ((History of Cuba V)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de la Cultural Cubana (History of Cuban Culture)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia social de la Literatura y el Arte I (Social History of Literature and Art)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Teoría Sociopolítica (Socio-Political Theory)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Antropología Social (Social Anthropology)

Course offered with Spanish students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Filosofía y Sociedad (Philosophy and Society)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Cuba (History of Cuba)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia del Pensamiento Filosófico-Social I (History of Philosophical and Social Thought)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Problematica Estructural Social y Desigualdades (Social Structural problems and Inequalities)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología Ambiental (Environmental Sociology)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología de Género (Sociology of Gender)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología de la Cultura (Sociology of Culture)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología de la Comunicación (Sociology of Communication)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología del Trabajo (Sociology of Work)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología del Desarrollo (Sociology of Development)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología Política (Political Sociology)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología Urbana (Urban Sociology)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Cultura Cubana (Cuban Culture) - FENHI

This Cuban Culture course offers a panorama of the process of gestation and development of Cuban Culture, of its richness and complexity, from its origins to the present day. The course will share foundational knowledge about the cultural, artistic, economic, political, and social facts that have determined the historical destiny of Cuba, as well as a vision of the diverse ethnic and cultural components that make up the “mestizaje” of the Cuban nation, heir of multiple traditions. This course is designed for Spanish learners who wish to expand their understanding of the expression and way of life of the Cuban people, while at the same time improving their linguistic skills.

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: B1 (Intermediate)  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Estudios Lingüísticos – Fonética y fonologia del español (Linguistics – Spanish Phonetics and Phonology)

This course aspires to contribute to students’ explicit understanding of the systems of Spanish language, emphasizing the first of its levels. The course will provide the student with the conceptual tools to understand the factors that intervene in the production of articulated sounds, as well as to carry out both segmental and suprasegmental descriptions. During the course, students will also do phonetic and phonological transcriptions, which have proven to be an efficient means of learning, teaching, and research. The teaching process is designed to contribute to the development of communicative competency on the part of students, especially their oral expression. As a result, students must be capable of expressively reading different types of texts. The class will present existing variations in Spanish- speaking countries, emphasizing the Cuban variety of Spanish. Students will read and critically interpret different linguistic materials. In this course, the communicative approach will be used, keeping in mind the characteristics of the topic of study and the students themselves.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: B1 (Intermediate)  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Estudios Lingüísticos II – Lexicología del español (Linguistics – Spanish Lexicology) - FENHI

This course aspires to contribute to a more profound understanding of the Spanish language, with students focusing on the lexical level and the units that form it, with special attention to diaphasic and diastratic levels of the Spanish lexicon. Students will develop their communicative competence, not only through a study of the course content but also through the system of practical classes and seminars, which will demand active participation in all teaching activities.

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: B1 (Intermediate)  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Estudios Lingüísticos III – Estilística Lingüística (Linguistics – Linguistic Style) - FENHI

This course aspires to contribute to a more profound understanding of the Spanish language. It emphasizes the study of different styles of discourse and contemporary linguistic conceptions of language styles, centering attention on the language in use, its theoretical foundations, and its practical applications in a variety of different texts. Students will develop their communicative competence through an analysis of linguistic examples of communicative situations with differing contexts, with the aim of improving their own skills and developing creativity and cognoscitive independence alongside accuracy and intentionality. It is necessary to clarify that the discursive/functional analysis (or communicative/functional description of a text) rests on the characterization of linguistic approaches used to create meaning in different contexts, requiring a consideration of the relationship between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics in discourse analysis.

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: B1 (Intermediate)  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Intermediate Spanish Language

This intermediate course begins with a quick overview of essential grammatical construction learned in first-year courses. Structures are reviewed through written exercises and communicative activities that require students to use basic grammatical constructions to accurately describe people, places, and activities in the present tense and express likes, dislikes, and opinions. There will also be a review of preterite and imperfect verb forms, future tense, and commands. The course then proceeds with a strong emphasis on past tense narration and the multiple uses of the subjunctive mood, with work on reported speech, connectors, prepositional phrases and comparisons, hypothesis and conjecture. All of the above is presented in cultural contexts and includes vocabulary expansion exercises and ample communicative activities.

The principal objective of this intermediate course is to help students become comfortable and accurate in expressing the following communicative functions: describing, comparing, expressing likes and dislikes, narrating in the past, reacting and recommending, hypothesizing and narrating in the future. Writing activities integrate and recycle the above communicative functions in short essays and opinion pieces with the Cuban experience as the backdrop for creative expression. Sociocultural knowledge will include discussions of the following themes: daily life in Cuba; Cuban Spanish; the formation of Cuba (history, politics, and traditions); tourist destinations in Cuba; health in Cuba and the world; Cuban music (nueva trova and son); and Cuban youth.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Panorama de la Historia de Cuba (Panorama of Cuban History) - FENHI

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Estudios Linguisticos - Fonética y Fonologia del Espanol (Linguistics - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology) - FENHI

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Advanced Spanish Language

This course offers an in-depth review and the study of the more problematic aspects of Spanish grammar for English speakers. After an overview of the subjunctive and past tense narration rules, the course proceeds with intense work in consolidating the multiple uses of the subjunctive in nominal, adjectival and adverbial clauses and practice in perfecting skills in past tense narration. Other grammatical points include a sequence of tenses, passive voice, conditional, prepositions and future perfect. All of the above is presented in cultural contexts and includes vocabulary expansion exercises and ample communicative activities. Writing activities integrate and recycle the above communicative functions in short essays and opinion pieces with the Cuban experience as the backdrop for creative expression. Sociocultural knowledge will include discussions of the following themes: Cuban history; developments in Science and Technology; the Environment and the energy revolution in Cuba; social interaction and relationships in Cuba; linguistic particularities and idiomatic expressions; and ethical values in Cuban culture.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Cuban and Caribbean Studies

This course will focus on the place of Cuba in the Caribbean, with the aim of giving students an overview of the larger region and how different aspects of it manifest in Cuba. Topics covered by professors and invited lecturers will include: Caribbean Studies in Cuba, Caribbean history, the African influence in the Caribbean, Haiti and Cuba, Caribbean culture and identity, Caribbean music, women’s role in the Caribbean, Caribbean cinema, economic organizations in the Caribbean, tourism in the Caribbean, relations between the US and the Caribbean, and cultural diversity and migrations within the Caribbean. In addition to lecture sessions and seminars, students will participate in related cultural visits in Havana and surrounding areas. The course will also include a week-long excursion to different cities in Cuba, during which students will be able to experience firsthand some of the places and topics they’ve studied over the course of the semester.

This course will also present some of the main processes that have developed in Cuban society from the 1990s until present-day, with the aim of giving students a multi-disciplinary overview of Cuban contemporary society. Topics covered by professors and invited lecturers will include: the Triumph of the Revolution, the Cuban political system and organization of the Cuban State, economic and social policies of the Party and the government, economic development and recent changes, issues related to Cuban youth and their role in Cuban society, the role of women in Cuban society, current issues of race, and elements of Cuban International Relations in the Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond. In addition to lecture sessions and seminars, students will participate in related cultural visits in Havana and surrounding areas. The course will also include a week-long excursion to different cities in Cuba, during which students will be able to experience firsthand some of the places and topics they’ve studied over the course of the semester.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 60

Arte Latinoamericano II (Latin American Art II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Cuba II (History of Cuba II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Cubana I (Cuban Literature I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Española III (Spanish Literature III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Antropología Biológica (Anthropological Biology)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Fisiología de los Sistemas de Control (Philosophy of Control Systems)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Tendencia del Capitalismo Contemporáneo (Trend of Contemporary Capitalism)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología del Desarrollo (Sociology of Development)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte Caribeño I (Caribbean Art I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte Caribeño III (Caribbean Art III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte Cubano I (Cuban Art I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Arte de Cuba III (Art of Cuba III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Cine Cubano (Cuban Cinema)

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Dialectología y Sociolingüística (Dialectology and Sociolinguistics)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Estudios Afrocaribeños (Afro-Caribbean Studies)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Filosofía y Sociedad II (Philosophy and Society II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de la Filosofía I (History of Philosophy I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de la Lingüística (History of Linguistics)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia del Arte II (Art History II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Arte IV (Art History IV)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Lingüística General II (General Linguistics)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Cubana III (Cuban Literature III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Cubana III (Cuban Literature III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literature Latinamericana I (Latin American Literature I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Latinoamericana III (Latin American Literature III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Musica Cubana (Cuban Music)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Teoria Literaria II (Literary Theory II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Economía Política II (Political Economy I)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de America (History of America)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Pensamiento Latinoamericano (Latin American Thought)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Teoría e Historia de la Filosofía Marxista Leninista II (Theory and History of Marxist-Leninist Philosophy II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Teoría e Ideología de la Revolución Cubana (Theory and Ideology of the Cuban Revolution)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Cursos Especial Jose Marti (Special Course: Jose Martí)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Economia Politica II (Economic Politics II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Africa y Medio Oriente (History of Africa and the Middle East)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia America Latina IV y El Caribe (Latin American History IV and the Caribbean)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Cuba IV (History of Cuba IV)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Estados Unidos (History of the United States)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia de Pensamiento Cubano (History of Cuban Thought)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Historia Moderna (Modern History)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Teoria Sociologica (Sociological Theory)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Pensamiento Economico Universal (Universal Economic Thinking)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Pensamiento Sociologico Latinoamericano (Sociological Latin American Thought)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Psicología Social (Social Psychology)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología de la Educación (Sociology of Education)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología de la Familia (Sociology of the Family)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología de la Prevensión y Atensión Social (Sociology of Prevention and Social Attention)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología de la Salud (Sociology of Health)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Sociología de Conocimiento (Sociology of Knowledge)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Cultura Cubana (Cuban Culture) - FENHI

This Cuban Culture course offers a panorama of the process of gestation and development of Cuban Culture, of its richness and complexity, from its origins to the present day. The course will share foundational knowledge about the cultural, artistic, economic, political, and social facts that have determined the historical destiny of Cuba, as well as a vision of the diverse ethnic and cultural components that make up the “mestizaje” of the Cuban nation, heir of multiple traditions. This course is designed for Spanish learners who wish to expand their understanding of the expression and way of life of the Cuban people, while at the same time improving their linguistic skills.

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: B1 (Intermediate)  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Estudios Lingüísticos II – Lexicología del español (Linguistics – Spanish Lexicology) - FENHI

This course aspires to contribute to a more profound understanding of the Spanish language, with students focusing on the lexical level and the units that form it, with special attention to diaphasic and diastratic levels of the Spanish lexicon. Students will develop their communicative competence, not only through a study of the course content but also through the system of practical classes and seminars, which will demand active participation in all teaching activities.

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: B1 (Intermediate)  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Estudios Lingüísticos III – Estilística Lingüística (Linguistics – Linguistic Style) - FENHI

This course aspires to contribute to a more profound understanding of the Spanish language. It emphasizes the study of different styles of discourse and contemporary linguistic conceptions of language styles, centering attention on the language in use, its theoretical foundations, and its practical applications in a variety of different texts. Students will develop their communicative competence through an analysis of linguistic examples of communicative situations with differing contexts, with the aim of improving their own skills and developing creativity and cognoscitive independence alongside accuracy and intentionality. It is necessary to clarify that the discursive/functional analysis (or communicative/functional description of a text) rests on the characterization of linguistic approaches used to create meaning in different contexts, requiring a consideration of the relationship between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics in discourse analysis.

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: B1 (Intermediate)  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Panorama de la Historia de Cuba (Panorama of Cuban History) - FENHI

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Estudios Linguisticos - Fonética y Fonologia del Espanol (Linguistics - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology) - FENHI

Course with international students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Highlights
  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Marist College)
  • Round-trip airfare (Miami-Havana) included

Students in Havana will live with other API students and, in some cases, other international students in a local residencia. An API Residencia in Havana is a renovated home run by a host family, near the University of Havana campus. Residencias have common spaces where students can work and where API holds group activities. Breakfast and dinner are also provided as part of the program fee.

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Aug 30, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 $15,680 Apr 20, 2019 Jun 1, 2019
Spring Jan 31, 2020 - May 16, 2020 $15,680 Oct 25, 2019 Dec 1, 2019
Spring Feb 1, 2019 - May 15, 2019 $15,680 Oct 25, 2018 Dec 1, 2018