The Catholic University of America

Havana, Cuba

With Arcadia University

Dates  |  Introduction  |  City   |   Academics   |   Accommodation   |   Costs   |   Eligibility   |   How to Apply


Spring 2015:
Depart from US: January 27
Arrival in Cuba: January 27
Orientation: January 27-February 3
Semester Begins: February 3
Semester Ends: May 14
Return to US: May 15

Fall 2015:
Depart from US: August 27
Arrival in Cuba: August 27
Orientation: August 27-30
Semester Starts: September 1
Semester Ends: December 12
Return to US: December 14

With this program from Arcadia University's College of Global Studies, students explore the unique way of life in Cuba and the vibrant city of Havana, with its eclectic mix of Latin, European and American cultures. All courses are taught in Spanish, with U.S. students studying alongside local Cuban students at Cuba’s historic and most prestigious university, The University of Havana. Students have complete support from Arcadia University's resident staff in Cuba, ensuring personal attention for all student academic, cultural and practical needs.


The City

As the bustling capital and major port of Cuba, Havana lies on the north coast of this tropical island, just south of the Florida Keys where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea. It is a thriving city of 2.1 million with a vibrant mix of Latin, European and American cultures, reflecting its checkered past. This variety of ideologies and cultures provides a glimpse into Cuba’s unique way of life under a socialized economic system. Havana’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a diverse range of architecture, from majestic 16th century castles and Spanish colonial buildings to echoes of the art deco movement. The city is alive with music, art and theater and bursting with personality that reflects its colorful and strategically important place in history. 


Academics and Curriculum

The Arcadia study abroad program in Cuba is a 15 credit full-immersion program where all courses are taught in Spanish alongside Cuban students. The core course, Cuban-American Relations: Past and Present, is taught by the Deputy Director of the Center for U.S. and Hemispheric Studies at UH, focusing on U.S.-Cuban relations and history. The course will give you an introduction into the historic and socio-cultural background of your host country and help you understand current developments in the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba. Depending on your level of Spanish you will also be placed in a Spanish language course. In addition to the core course and the language course, you will choose two elective courses from the vast array offered by the University of Havana, in any departments of the university.

Core Course
Students participate in the 3-credit Core Course taught in Spanish at the Center for U.S. and Hemispheric Studies: Cuban - American Relations: Past and Present.

Spanish Language
Students will write a placement essay at the beginning of their time in Havana, which will determine their placement in a 4-credit Spanish language course.

Spanish language courses for foreign students are taught to foreign students by the Modern Languages Department.

Two Electives
Students will be directly enrolled in two courses of their choice at the University of Havana. Each course is worth 4 credits.

Click on the link below for a sample of course offerings at the University of Havana. Courses are based on availability.

Arcadia Curriculum Description


Accommodation and Meals

Students will be housed as a cohort in double and triple rooms with a short distance on foot or by transport to the University of Havana. Each room includes minimal amenities with linens and towels provided, along with shared bathrooms and shower facilities. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the residence each day. Internet access will not be available in the student housing.


Program Costs

Application Fee: $100 non-refundable, due at the time of application

Program Cost: Full-time CUA tuition and a $5,000 program fee to cover most overseas expenses.
  • A $500 non-refundable deposit is due to Arcadia upon acceptance and applicable toward the program fee.
  • CUA tuition and balance of program fee ($4,500) is charged to the student's CUA student account.
What's included
• Tuition
• Housing

• Breakfast & dinner daily
• On-site staff support
• On-site orientation and all pre-departure advising and services in the US (through Arcadia and CUAbroad)
• Health & emergency evacuation insurance


Round-trip airfare, additional meals, passport, visa, field trips, supplementary course fees, excursions, and personal expenses are not included. Please contact CUAbroad for an estimated cost breakdown sheet.

View the CUAbroad Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy

CUAbroad reserves the right to make changes and raise the program cost in light of currency fluctuations or any other unforeseen circumstance.



For eligibility requirements, please see the general eligibility criteria.
Applicants must have completed four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent.  

How to Apply

Submit your application materials to CUAbroad in 111 McMahon Hall. Applications are due by the due date. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Your application package must include:

General Application Materials
These are the materials that CUAbroad requires any student attending any summer or semester program to submit. For a list of general application materials, please click on the How to Apply guidelines link.

Program-Specific Application Materials:
  • Arcadia Application form
  • Study Abroad Advisor Form
  • Brief Spanish-language writing sample for placement purposes
  • One academic letter of recommendation from a professor whom you have had in class within the last year. He/She should evaluate your overall academic work. Hardcopy recommendations should be written on departmental letterhead, placed in a sealed envelope, and signed across the flap. They should be returned to you to include with your application. Alternatively, recommendations may be emailed to CUAbroad directly by the professor.


111 McMahon Hall


Information Session

Education Abroad 101

Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays

4 p.m. McMahon 111


Application Deadlines

Fall Semester:

  • March 1

Spring Semester:

  • October 1