CASA-Cuba provides students with a unique opportunity to have direct access to Cuba’s leading institution of higher learning, the University of Havana, and to Casa de las Américas, the Cuban government’s premier research institution – since its founding in 1959 – on Caribbean and Latin American studies, Cuban culture and the arts.
What is unique about this program?
CASA-Cuba, the University of Havana, and Casa de Las Américas have worked together to develop a program of study that will challenge you to achieve a critical understanding of the key issues facing Cuba today and enable you to interact with some of the country’s leading academic experts in the social sciences, arts and the humanities. You will immerse yourself in Cuba, taking courses in Spanish from recognized experts on key issues facing the country and interacting with peers who share your intellectual curiosity about Cuba’s past, present and future. Your courses at the CASA Center and the university will be complemented throughout the semester with special seminars and guest lectures by respected experts from other key research centers. In addition, you can propose to undertake focused research projects where you will engage with recognized Cuban experts who can connect you with local archives, museums, and key cultural organizations.
What is unique about Cuba?
One of the longest running socialist experiments in history, Cuba is at a critical crossroad. Cuba’s political and economic spheres have long been subjects of interest and debate providing fertile ground for exciting academic inquiry. Havana, the capital city, was founded nearly 500 years ago, and due to its location, became a center of ship-building in the Caribbean and a strategic stopping point in the Spanish colonial empire. Today it is a sprawling metropolis, home to 2 million residents, and a mix of European, Latin, and American influences. Historic Old Havana, with its diverse architectural styles, has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.
How do I learn about CASA Cuba?
- Learn more about CASA Cuba's coursework and partner institutions
- Explore CASA Cuba's activities page to learn more about Field trips in Cuba and other cultural events
- Review CASA Cuba's Health and Safety Page
- Browse other program related resources
Things to Consider Before Applying
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How do I apply?
The Cornell application is the application for both Cornell approval and program admission. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.