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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Spring 2022


Rebecca Dlubac

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning


CASA La Habana


CASA Cuba is Temporarily Suspended for Spring 2022

Opportunity Description

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.

At a Glance

City: La Habana, Cuba
Partner: Casa de Las Américas and  University of Havana
Housing: Student Guest Residence
Language requirement: SPAN 2095 + additional content course in Spanish; additional coursework in Spanish preferred
Calendar: Fall or Spring semesters or Academic Year


The Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) is a collaborative initiative involving several U.S. universities: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, and Vanderbilt.

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.

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.

The Galería Haydee Santamaría

CASA’s academic center in Havana is located in the historic Galería Haydee Santamaría, a spacious former art gallery in the Vedado district of Havana. Built in the late 19th century in the Spanish colonial style, and restored for use by CASA, the Galería provides classroom space, two interior patios and administrative office space for the program.  It is outfitted with Wi-fi access.


The CASA Havana program begins in Miami where students gather prior to the group flight to Havana. The on-site orientation introduces you to the city of Havana, as seen through pre- and post-revolution lenses. The orientation helps students understand basic social, political, and cross-cultural elements that inform everyday life in the city. Visits to different parts of Havana will orient you to the city's geography. Additional excursions beyond the city are integrated into the academic calendar.


Students share living accommodations in safe, clean, and secure residences located in the Vedado district within walking distance to Casa de Las Americas and the University of Havana. Students share rooms that are air-conditioned, with modern toilets and showers, and are provided with breakfast and dinner each day.  Washing machines are located on the premise.  Bottled water is provided.

Things to consider before applying

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How do I apply?
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