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Cuba: Havana

Havana Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
Cuban history, U.S. - Cuban relations, Afro-Cuban culture, literature, Art History, film, performing and visual arts, Latin American studies and women's studies.

Host Institution
University of Havana
Sarah Lawrence College


Program Dates
Fall semester: Late August to late December.
Spring semester: Late January to early May.

Faculty Liaison
Miguel Tinker Salas

Sarah Lawrence College

Cuba's unique blend of cultures from Africa, Europe, and Asia, coupled with its unparalleled economic and political history, serve to create a fascinating and complex environment in which to study and live.

The Sarah Lawrence College program is based in Havana, a city of 2.1 million people and located on the northwest coast of the island. It is a lively city that is full of contrasts and can be explored easily by foot or public transportation. The University of Havana serves as the host institution for the program. The university was established in 1728, is the largest and oldest university in Cuba, and its programs and research centers enjoy a fine international reputation. 

Please note that Sarah Lawrence College has an early application deadline of February 1 for the fall program. 

Academic Program

Students take four courses - Spanish language, two electives, and a core seminar course (1.0 Pomona credit each). The latter is conducted through Centro de Estudios Demograficos (CEDEM), a unique research center at the University of Havana. Designed exclusively for Sarah Lawrence in Cuba students, the course examines gender, health, education, and sustainable development throughout Cuban society. You will study theoretical as well as practical perspectives on life in Cuba.

The program offers a wide range of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, all of which are taught by recognized experts in their fields. All classes are taught in Spanish and most of your classmates will be Cuban.

Students on this program follow the same curriculum as Cuban students do, subject to the same standards and requirements. Course work in the humanities, literature, and social sciences may be taken at the University of Havana. Film history is taken at the University of Havana or at the Fundacion del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, and the performing and visual arts are offered at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA).

Students may not take the core course on a P/NC basis.

Living Arrangements


Number of Students

Sarah Lawrence College enrolls approximately 15students per semester. The university's current enrollment is approximately 6,000 students. 


  • Completion of advanced Spanish (Spanish 44), or the equivalent, within one year of program start. Solid oral and written Spanish with the ability to follow Spanish-taught university coursework. 
  • 9.0 GPA required. 

A college-level course with Latin American content is highly recommended. Students who have not taken such a course should contact a member of the Latin American Studies faculty to develop a pre-departure reading list. This list should be submitted with the study abroad application.

Internet Link 

Study Abroad