Universidad de la Habana
Fall/Spring Semester Program
The Republic of Cuba occupies the largest island of the West Indies. It is situated west of the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and is 90 miles south of Key West, Florida. The island is mountainous in the southeast and south-central areas (Sierra Maestra) and flat or rolling elsewhere. Cuba's capital and largest city is La Habana with an estimated population of more than two million. Cuban society today is a mixture of Spanish, Taino, and African peoples and cultures.
The University of Habana was founded in 1728. It is the largest and oldest University in Cuba. The university is located in the Vedado area of Habana. The history of the university is rooted in various scientific, political, and cultural events that are of importance to Cuba as a nation. About 8,000 students attend the university which offers degrees in numerous disciplines. Students participating in this program
will come away having learned about Cuba's situation vis-à-vis the United States' embargo and its impact on Cuban culture, society, and economic well-being. Students will witness Cuban history in the making due to changes since the early 1990s, after the Soviet Union stopped supporting Cuba economically and the current "Special Period" of economic reform began.
Program participants will enroll at the Universidad de La Habana through a program sponsored by State University of New York at Oswego. This is a direct enrollment program which means that participants will take classes alongside Cuban students. It is a unique opportunity to learn firsthand and gain an in-depth comprehension of Cuban history, society, culture, and politics.
Courses will be offered in the following fields of study: sociology, anthropology, philosophy, history, and Spanish language/cinema and literature. Students must be at an advanced level of Spanish language.
*View classes approved to transfer for USD credit: Cuba Pre-Approved Course List. NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to OLD core only.
*Term specific course offerings will be provided by the University of Oswego
Program participants must read, write & speak Spanish at high intermediate level (minimum 4 semesters complete before departure or native fluency), be at least a junior standing and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
This program is designed for serious and mature students who want to experience and learn for themselves about a nation-state that is following an alternative economic, political, and social model to that of the United States.
** Admission to the Cuba program is highly competitive. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit application materials well ahead of the deadline.
Questions? Contact Exchange Program Advisor, Derek Brendel
For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage.
Students will live in private residences arranged by SUNY Oswego.
Program License: For over forty years, the United States has enforced an economic embargo against Cuba. This means that U.S. citizens may not legally travel to Cuba unless they are "licensed" by the United States Department of the Treasury. The State University of New York at Oswego has been licensed by the Department of the Treasury to conduct an on-going, structured, full-time, academic, credit-bearing, semester program hat allows degree-seeking, full-time students to study legally at the Universidad de La Habana.
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