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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?

Highlights

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

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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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 and Playa Girón

    Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site, now a 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.

    Playa Girón is a small seaside town and the site of the famous 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. It is located in Ciénaga Zapata marsh, which is now a UNESCO biosphere and national park. The town of Playa Girón features a museum dedicated to the battle and rocky beaches with crystal blue water.

  • 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.

  • Week-long roadtrip to Cienfuegos, Hanabanilla, Camaguey, and Santiago de Cuba

    During the week-long excursion we make our way across the island stopping at notable cities and national parks along the way. We stop at Cienfuegos, Cuba’s French-influenced “pearl of the south” and home to famous Cuban singer Benny Moré. We also make our way to Hanabanilla, a small village located on the edge of a lake in the Escambray mountain range. Crossing the lake we are able to visit el Nicho national park, home to one of Cuba’s most impressive series of waterfalls. In the center of the country we visit Camaguey, Cuba’s third-largest city. Camaguey was designed as a labyrinth to lose pirates in the colonial era and home to important historical figures in the independence wars against Spain. Famous for its rum, its music – the son, the trova, and its colorful carnival, Santiago also has a nice Morro fortress which guards its harbor, the Castillo San Pedro del Morro.

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 each term (in order to earn up to 12-16 credits per semester). Click here to search for classes.

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.

Español Avanzado (Advanced Spanish) - FENHI

This course offers an in-depth review and study of the more problematic aspects of Spanish grammar for English speakers. The lessons are presented in cultural contexts and include vocabulary expansion exercises and ample communicative activities. Writing activities integrate and recycle communicative functions in short essays and opinion pieces with the Cuban experience as the backdrop for creative expression.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Estudios Cubanos y Caribeños - (Cuban and Caribbean Studies) - FENHI

This course, which is structured around a cycle of conferences, provides an overview of some of the main problems faced by contemporary Cuban society, particularly the major changes to Cuba's economic system, social re-stratification, youth issues, interracial relations, and gender relations. The course concludes with an updated analysis of the country's international relations.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 60

Arte Latinoamericano II (Latin American Art II)

This course will cover art history from the conquest of Latin america through the 18th century. Some topics to be covered include main expressions of Latin American art development during the centuries of colonial domination, Spanish-American urbanism, art in the Viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru, the schools of Cuzco, Lima, and Quito, art during the Portuguese colonization, etc.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Historia de Cuba II (History of Cuba II)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Cubana I (Cuban Literature I)

This course is an introductory course to the evolutionary tendencies of Cuban literature. Through the course, students should acquire knowledge, research, and analysis of colonial era writing, from its first manifestations to the turn the 19th to 20th century.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Literatura Española III (Spanish Literature III)

This course will study modernity in contemporary Spanish literature, as well as the different tendencies that have developed from the post-war period to the present.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Antropología Biológica (Anthropological Biology)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Filosofía 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)

This course addresses the space, time, and historical-artistic process of the Caribbean. Students will study Caribbean art and architecture from early indigenous art through the 18th century.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Arte Caribeño III (Caribbean Art III)

This course covers contemporary Caribbean art. Among other themes, it will explore the critical reorientation of artistic discourse, abstract polemic and pop art, "rereading" of history, etc.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Arte Cubano I (Cuban Art I)

Cuban Art I addresses the regional and international significance of the conquest and colonization process of Cuba and the artistic expressions of the original community societies and their links with those of the Caribbean and American region.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Arte Cubano III (Cuban Art III)

["This course will focus on the study of Cuban art history from 1959 to 1980. Some topics to be covered include social revolution and renewal in art","the cultural policy of the Cuban Revolution and its impact on national artistic development","and new challenges, themes, and architectural technologies, etc."]

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Cine Cubano (Cuban Cinema) - FENHI

This course provides a critical analysis of the historical artistic development of Cuban national cinematography and its placement in the context of international film production, as well as its dynamic relationship with the economic, political, and social context of the country and with the guidelines of Cuban cultural policy.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Estudios Afrocaribeños (Afro-Caribbean Studies)

This course provides an analysis of the ethnocultural problems of African ancestor in conforming with Caribbean cultures. The course will consider syncretism and cultural and artistic manifestations.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

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)

This course will cover linguistics in antiquity, linguistic studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, linguistics in the 17th and 18th centuries, the development of the science of language in the 19th century, and linguistics in the first half of the 20th century.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Lingüística General II (General Linguistics II)

This course will be a continuation of General Linguistics I. It will cover concepts such as the interration of linguistic levels, morphology, and syntax.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Literatura Cubana III (Cuban Literature III)

In addition to providing a recap of Cuban Literature II, this course will cover the creation of the Ministerio de Cultura, literature of the Cuban "Special Period," the digital era, and the Cuban literary praxis of each genre between 1976 and the present.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Literatura Cubana III (Cuban Literature III)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Literatura Latinamericana I (Latin American Literature I)

["This course will cover the concept and periodization of Latin American literature","Prehispanic literature representative of the Mayan, Aztec, and Inca cultures","literature from the conquest with a selection of representative works from both indigenous and Spanish writers","literature of the colonies with examples that express cultural miscegenation and the genesis of national identity","and literature from the first independence."]

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Literatura Latinoamericana III (Latin American Literature III)

This course focuses on Latin American literature of the 20th century. Some topics to be covered include the Latin American poetic vanguard, post-avant-garde poetry, poetry in the late 20th century, Latin American narrative, the Latin American "Boom," and the narrative of the postboom period.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Musica Cubana (Cuban Music)

This course provides students with basic knowledge about the complex cultural phenomenon of Cuban music and what it entails for the country. It will cover the historical process of conformation of a national sonority, from the colonial period to contemporaneity.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

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   

Economia Politica II (Political Economics 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 y El Caribe IV (Latin American and Caribbean History IV)

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 los 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 (Latin American Sociological 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 course offers a panorama of the 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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Estudios Lingüísticos II – Lexicología del Español (Linguistics II – 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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Estudios Lingüísticos III – Estilística Lingüística (Linguistics III – 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.

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

This course is designed for non-native Spanish speakers who are interested in learning about the history of Cuba. The fundamental objective is the reconstruction of the history on a scientific basis that allows the study of the material and spiritual life of the Cuban people from its formation, development until its consolidation as a nation.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

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

This course aims to contribute to the student's knowledge of the Spanish language system. The course provides the necessary conceptual apparatus to understand the production of articulated sound. During the course, students must make phonetic and phonological transcriptions, as an effective means for learning, teaching, and research.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Español Avanzado (Advanced Spanish) - FENHI

This course offers an in-depth review and study of the more problematic aspects of Spanish grammar for English speakers. The lessons are presented in cultural contexts and include vocabulary expansion exercises and ample communicative activities. Writing activities integrate and recycle communicative functions in short essays and opinion pieces with the Cuban experience as the backdrop for creative expression.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Estudios Cubanos y Caribeños - (Cuban and Caribbean Studies) - FENHI

This course, which is structured around a cycle of conferences, provides an overview of some of the main problems faced by contemporary Cuban society, particularly the major changes to Cuba's economic system, social re-stratification, youth issues, interracial relations, and gender relations. The course concludes with an updated analysis of the country's international relations.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 60

Apreciación Literaria I (Literary Appreciation I)

This course is an introduction to the study and analysis of poetry. It starts from a systemic conception of the poem and takes into account elements that have integrated and configured the notion of poetry.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Arte Africano (African Art)

This course addresses the main theoretical-methodological problems with respect to the historiography of African art. Students will study early examples of African symbolic production, including kingdoms and empires, the colonization and impact of European culture, West Africa transactions and cultural exchange, influences of Islam on Sudanese culture, problems and perspectives of contemporary art, struggle for decolonization, etc.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Arte Asiático (Asian Art)

This course will address the cultural problems of the Asian world and the most significant manifestations of its countries. It will also consider the prevalence of Eastern religion in the region's art and contributions to universal culture.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Arte Caribeño II (Caribbean Art II)

This course will study the 19th century Caribbean through its most important exponents in architecture and painting.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Arte Cubano II (Cuban Art II)

["Students in this course will study artistic expressions in Cuba during the first half of the 20th century. Topics to be covered include Fine Arts and the BeauxArts system","modernity in the city and architecture","the Cuban plastic vanguard","illustration, caricature, and the rebirth of engraving","urban transformations of the 50s, etc."]

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Arte Cubano IV (Cuban Art IV)

["Cuban Art IV is an analysis of the dynamic artistic production that has taken place in Cuba from the penultimate decade of the 20th century to the present. The course will cover a number of topics including the so-called \"Nuevo Arte Cubano","\" experiences of social insertion and artistic activism","the \"Special Period\" and its impact on the Cuban artistic scene, etc."]

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Arte Español (Spanish Art)

This course focuses on art from Spain, a country that served as the colonial power behind Cuban, most of Latin America, and a significant portion of the Caribbean region. The course will consider Spanish artistic expressions, either as artistic models imposed on the Latin American region by colonial domination or as essential cultural examples. It will focus on aspects specific to Spanish art (and not just European art in general) such as the influence of Islam and the specific problems of the Renaissance, Mannerism, and Baroque as models that expanded to America by virtue of the process of colonization.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Arte I (Art I)

The course focuses on early art history. Topics to be covered include prehistoric symbolic production, the contributions of ancient cultures - Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome - to the history of art, Eastern Paleochristian art, Romanesque art, Gothic art, etc.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Arte III (Art III)

This course covers European and US art of the late 18th century and 19th century. Some topics to be covered include borgeois nobility relations expressed in art, the emergence of the English school of painting and the neoclassical school in France, urbanism and architecture in Europe and the U.S., Goya and the Spain of his time, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, etc.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Arte V (Art V)

["Art V addresses the study of art in the postmodern age, from the 1960's to the present. Some of the many topics to be covered include postmodern sensibility and artist attitudes to the prevailing system of promotion and distribution of artwork","the paradigm of modern art, its manipulation, and postmodern transgressions","American Pop Art","New Realism","the dematerialization of the artistic object","multiplicity of tendencies in response to the mencantile phenomenon, etc."]

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Arte Latinoamericano II (Latin American Art II)

This course will cover art history from the conquest of Latin america through the 18th century. Some topics to be covered include main expressions of Latin American art development during the centuries of colonial domination, Spanish-American urbanism, art in the Viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru, the schools of Cuzco, Lima, and Quito, art during the Portuguese colonization, etc.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Arte Latinoamericano IV (Latin American Art IV)

The course covers Latin American art from the 1930s through the present. Topics to be covered include the continuitation of modernization processes of Latin American visual arts during the 1930s and 1940, "fantastic" painting, indigenous art, abstract art from the Second World War and its links with the international social, cultural, and artistic context, new paths of plastic discourse during the '60's and '70's, main problems and strategies of Latin American art during the last 25 years, etc.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Estudios de Cultura Caribeña (Caribbean Cultural Studies)

This course addresses the establishment of interartistic relations and thought for an integrated understanding of Caribbean culture.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

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)

Students in this course will study the formation and development of the Spanish language from its origins to the modern era. The course seeks to present the threads of Spanish language diachrony from the point of view of unity and differentiation and from a perspective that combines the linguistics themself, the extralinguistics that condition it, and the analysis of texts.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Historia del Cine (History of Cinema)

This course addresses the first cinematographic productions and their evolution in Europe and North America and the continued integration of these productions in dissimilar geographic regions. It is therefore a panoramic study encompassing the historical artistic development of the main movements, schools, and tendencies of world cinematography and their contributions to the evolutionary development of this medium.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Lingüística General I (General Linguistics I)

This course will cover the basic linguistics. Essential concepts of linguistics - in addition to information on the development of the science of language - are taught for a thorough understanding of linguistic processes. The study of language as a system will start from phonological level.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Lingüística General III (General Linguistics III)

This course seeks to perform an analysis of the lexical and semantic resources that operate within a language system, as well as provide a structural and systemic description of linguistic levels and planes. It takes into account the indissoluble interrelation of both, and their link with the remaining levels and plane of expression.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Literatura Cubana I (Cuban Literature I)

This course is an introductory course to the evolutionary tendencies of Cuban literature. Through the course, students should acquire knowledge, research, and analysis of colonial era writing, from its first manifestations to the turn the 19th to 20th century.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Literatura Cubana II (Cuban Literature II)

In addition to providing a recap of Cuban Literature I, this course will cover the second modernist renewal, the vanguards, post-vanguard and anti-vanguard tendencies, literature from 1959 to 1976, etc..

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Literatura Española I (Spanish Literature I)

This is an introductory course to the study of the evolutionary tendencies of Spanish language literature. The course will investigate the literary Middles Ages, from the first poetic manifestations in the Castilian language to the literature of the Catholic monarchs. Reference ill be made to other Peninsular literature, such as the Portuguese Galician, to emphasize the importance of the literary development of the period.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Literatura Española III (Spanish Literature III)

This course will study modernity in contemporary Spanish literature, as well as the different tendencies that have developed from the post-war period to the present.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Literatura Latinoamericana II (Latin American Literature II)

This course continues the study of basic evolutionary trends of Latin American literature. Students will research and analyze literature from the period of Latin American romanticism to the early twentieth century, when Latin American literature opens up to modernity.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

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

The main theme of this course is thought and artistic culture in postmodern times. Some topics to be covered include the theoretical discussion on dynamics of modernity-postmodernity, high modernity and late modernity, and the historical (non-linear) montage of 5 genealogies: modernity-postmodernity, the development of the avant-garde tradition, the historical vanguard, neo-avant-garde, and transavantgarde.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Antropología Biológica (Anthropological Biology)

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

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

Course offered with Cuban students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Economía Política I (Political Economics 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 Cultura Cubana II (History of Cuban Culture II)

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)

This course will address different notions of politics with a special focus on the conception of Marxist-Leninist politics.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Antropología Social (Social Anthropology)

Course offered with Spanish students.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Filosofía y Sociedad (Philosophy and Society)

["This course will approach the study of philosophy as a theoretical and practical approach of reality. Concepts to be covered include the rupture and continuation that Marxism represents with prior and current philosophical thought","the concept of social-economic formation","the subjects and social actors, social classes, and the State","class struggle and the Social Revolution, etc."]

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Historia de Cuba (History of Cuba)

This history course covers aboriginal culture in Cuba, the process of conquest and colonization, the emergence of criollo culture, slave society, the concept of homeland and the defence of nationality, the independence struggles of the 19th century, José Martí and the culture of liberation, the end of Spanish colonialism, and North American intervention and occupation.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

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 course offers a panorama of the 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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Estudios Lingüísticos II – Lexicología del Español (Linguistics II – 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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Estudios Lingüísticos III – Estilística Lingüística (Linguistics III – 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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 4   Contact Hours: 64

Español Intermedio (Intermediate Spanish) - FENHI

This intermediate course begins with a quick overview of essential grammatical construction learned in first-year courses. 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. 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.

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

This course is designed for non-native Spanish speakers who are interested in learning about the history of Cuba. The fundamental objective is the reconstruction of the history on a scientific basis that allows the study of the material and spiritual life of the Cuban people from its formation, development until its consolidation as a nation.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

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

This course aims to contribute to the student's knowledge of the Spanish language system. The course provides the necessary conceptual apparatus to understand the production of articulated sound. During the course, students must make phonetic and phonological transcriptions, as an effective means for learning, teaching, and research.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

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
Spring Jan 31, 2020 - May 16, 2020 $15,680 Oct 25, 2019 Dec 1, 2019
Fall Aug, 2020 - Dec, 2020 $15,680 Apr 20, 2020 Jun 1, 2020
Spring Feb 1, 2019 - May 15, 2019 $15,680 Oct 25, 2018 Dec 1, 2018
Fall Aug 30, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 $15,680 Apr 20, 2019 Jun 1, 2019