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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer, Winter
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2022 04/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Program Description:

Program Overviewhavana

The Havana summer program offers an unparalleled opportunity to visit this enchanting island and legendary city to learn about its culture and society. It will also provide a unique occasion for understanding—firsthand—the multiple layers of history that make Cuba significant in North America and in Latin America. The courses will examine not only the history of former Spanish colonies, but also the twentieth-century, during which Cuba played a significant geopolitical role. The Havana summer program will give you the opportunity to experience the past, present, and future realities of Cuban society and its fusion of Spanish, African, and American flavors to create a rich culture of its own.

Program Focus

The Havana program consists of one 5-week session offering academic coursework in history, society, politics, and culture studies. Many of these courses include enticing field trips offering hands-on experience with the subject matter, such as Old Havana, Matanzas, Pinar del Río, a tobacco factory, and Varadero Beach. The session begins with several days of orientation and lectures in Costa Rica before departure for Cuba. The courses for the Havana program focus on the history and society of Cuba, with particular attention focused on exploring the impact of slavery and Cuba’s African roots on its culture and religions, as well as the present-day political and economic factors Cuba faces in its future. If you are interested in studying Spanish language in preparation for several weeks in Cuba, the first summer session in Costa Rica can be paired with the Havana summer session for intensive language study.

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Program Provider USAC: University Studies Abroad Consortium
Program Dates Current USAC Calendar

Fall Semester with USAC = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with USAC = Winter & Spring Quarters at PSU*
Areas of Study Explore the courses offered on this program

This program is a good fit for the following majors:
  • History
  • Humanities
  • International Studies
Credits Students enroll in 3 semester credits (5 quarter credits)
Capstone Option There is no capstone available for this program.
Language of Instruction  English, Spanish
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Bed-and-Breakfast style apartments
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.50

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Program Fee Click here to view the USAC Program Fee
PSU Fees Click here to view PSU Fees

Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account. 
Program Fee Includes:
  • tuition and fees
  • USAC prearranged housing placement service
  • roundtrip airfare from Costa Rica to Cuba
  • personalized pre-departure advising
  • immigration visa guidance
  • parental support and advisement
  • scholarship advising and assistance
  • transcript assistance
  • student health insurance
  • airport pick-up for those on the group flight/tour
  • USAC mandatory orientation
  • 24-hour local staff support
  • program-organized overnight field trip to Varadero
  • museum visits in La Habana
  • two dinners with local Cuban families
  • local travel resources, tips, and suggestions
  • textbooks