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Students who study abroad in Santa Clara, Cuba with API on the Integrated Studies Program will be able to take courses with Cuban students at the Universidad Central Marta Abreu de Las Villas (UCLV). This program is a great opportunity for the motivated, superior level Spanish speaker who wants to study abroad with complete immersion.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


Round-Trip Airfare (Miami-Havana)

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation


Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities


Housing (breakfast and dinner included)

Language and Culture Tools


Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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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 advanced level Spanish speakers (with a minimum of 4-5 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent)
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Completion of an oral interview
  • Statement of purpose or writing sample
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Aug, 2021 - Dec, 2021 $15,900 May 15, 2021 Jun 1, 2021

*Please note that Spring 2021 semester dates are not yet finalized. 

API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Santa Clara programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Cayo Santa Maria

    A 90-minute drive from Santa Clara lies the Cayo Santa Maria (Santa Maria Key) part of an archipelago of small islands, or keys. Ten miles long and one and a half miles wide, its 8 miles of magnificent white sandy beaches and a string of luxury hotels with restaurants and discos make Cayo Santa Maria a spectacular excursion destination for API students. What makes it so special is that although it is part of a major project of resorts on the keys being developed to outstrip better-known tourist resorts such as Varadero and Cayo Coco, it has been carefully controlled in order to preserve the marine life and the 248 species of flora of the Cayo. These include a UNESCO-listed biosphere and a dolphin preserve (dolphinarium). Activities on the Cayo include scuba diving, snorkeling, catamaran excursions and cruises and, of course, enjoying swimming off the pristine sandy beaches. The small village of Pueblo la Estrella at the beginning of the Cayo has restaurants, discos, spas, bowling and a shopping mall with local handicrafts.

    Access to the Cayo is via a recently built 30-mile long causeway. The town of Caibarien, the “launchpad for the keys” on the mainland, is worth a stop with its museum that celebrates the history of the development of the sugar industry based in the region’s old sugar mill. In addition to original items there are wooden and bronze models and representations of every kind of machinery and activity involved in the production of sugar from cane. And for train lovers, Caibarien’s locomotive museum boasts Latin America’s largest steam engine!
  • Cienfuegos

    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.

  • Havana

    The capital and largest city of the island nation of Cuba, Havana has a long and storied past. The city was chartered by King Phillip II of Spain in 1592, and was recognized by royal decree in 1634 as the “Key to the New World.” Due to its historic role as a trading port, Havana often fell prey to attacks by pirates and buccaneers, leading to the construction of a series of forts that can still be visited today – the most famous of these being “El Morro Fortress.”

    The city expanded greatly during the 17th century, growing to be the third largest city in the Americas by the middle of the 18th century; indeed, it was larger than Boston and New York at the time! The 19th century saw the construction of the railroad (the fifth in the world) and of various cultural arenas (theaters, lyceum, etc.) that hosted influential exhibits and performances throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Today the city continues to promote the arts with numerous international arts and music festivals each year, including the Havana International Jazz Festival, the International Havana Ballet Festival, the Havana International Film Festival, and more!

  • Trinidad

    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.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-16 credits per semester

Students who study abroad in Santa Clara, Cuba with API on the Integrated Studies Program will be able to take courses with Cuban students at the Universidad Central Marta Abreu de Las Villas (UCLV). This program is a great opportunity for the motivated, superior level Spanish speaker who wants to study abroad with complete immersion.


API students will receive a transcript from the Universidad Central Marta Abreu de Las Villas upon completion of their program.

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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 - [email protected]

  • Classes taught in Spanish
    • Round-trip airfare (Miami-Santa Clara) included

    Students in Santa Clara will live in “casa particulares” or small student residences, run by local Cuban families. Students can expect to live in double bedrooms, sharing with another API participant, and will be provided with breakfast and dinner daily. Housing will include air conditioning and hot water.