- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- second semester sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
- 5 semesters of college-level Spanish language or equivalent
Students take courses in Spanish at the University of Havana. Explore subjects ranging from Cuban cinema, literature, art, history, Marxism, and, of course, Spanish! The University of Havana’s strong course offerings in the arts and social sciences give students a unique opportunity to learn about Cuba from the Cuban perspective.
Fall: Beginning September-Mid-December
Spring: End of January-Mid-May
Academic Year: Beginning September-Mid-May
Refer to the program website to find exact dates if available .
The University of Havana(UH)- UH was founded by Dominican monks in 1728 and moved to its current site in Vedado in 1902. Recognized as Cuba’s most prestigious university, it is comprised of 17 academic departments and 14 research centers in economics, the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. More than 20 majors are offered at the university, where approximately 6,000 students are pursuing degrees.
With a population of two million, Havana is the largest city in Cuba and the political and economic hub of the country. Enjoy a vibrant arts scene - from the music for which the island nation is famous to film, dance, and visual arts. In 1982, Old Havana was named a UNESCO World Heritage site, with the restoration process praised for combining historic preservation with local community development.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.