The Site - Cuba
The Republic of Cuba occupies the largest island of the West Indies. It is situated west of the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and is 90 miles south of Key West, Florida. The island is mountainous in the southeast and south-central areas (Sierra Maestra) and flat or rolling elsewhere. Cuba's capital and largest city is La Habana with an estimated population of over 2 million people. Other large cities include Santiago de Cuba, Camaguey, Holguin, Guantánamo, and Santa Clara. The population of the entire island is about 12 million. The official language of Cuba is Spanish. Cuban society today is primarily a mixture of Spanish, Taino, and African peoples and cultures. Cuba was a colony of Spain from 1492 until 1898. Cuba fell under U.S. domination from 1898 until the socialist revolution in 1959. Since then Cuba has striven for cultural, social, economic, and political independence.
SUNY Oswego offers a summer study abroad program at the Universidad de La Habana for undergraduate and graduate students with intermediate to advanced language proficiency. This is a faculty-led and direct enrollment program. Students will take their language and culture course at the FLEX (Facultad de Lenguas Extranjeras). The title of the program is Exploring Language and Culture in the Cuban Context.
The Universidad de La Habana was founded in 1798. It is the largest and oldest University in Cuba. The university is located in the Vedado area of La Habana. The history of the university is rooted in various scientific, political, and cultural events that are of importance to Cuba as a nation. About 8,000 students attend the university which offers degrees in numerous disciplines. Students participating in this program will have the opportunity to witness Cuban culture, society, history, and economics.
For over fifty years, the United States has enforced an economic embargo against Cuba. This means that U.S. citizens and persons may not legally travel to Cuba unless they are licensed by the United States Department of the Treasury. The State University of New York at Oswego has been a licensed program in Cuba continuously since 2004. Our on-going, structured, full-time, academic, credit-bearing program at the Universidad de La Habana remains a licensed program of study available for students from any U.S. college or university.
Please meet with your academic advisor and get approval for the two courses that you will be taking in Cuba. Have your academic advisor sign off on the Overseas Course Approval Form located under the "material submission" section of your online account. All students will take two courses in this program.
Housing & Meals
Students will reside at on off-campus residence. The residence is walking distance from the Universidad de La Habana. Students will be served breakfast and dinner at the residence.
Costs (budget sheet)
Select your term of interest for the latest budget information.
A group flight will be arranged departing from Toronto, Canada and arriving at Cuba's José Martí International Airport .
All students participating in this program are covered by the SUNY full health and accident insurance (https://www.geobluestudents.com) as well as medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.
National Health Insurance
In addition, student's on this program must be enrolled in their host country's mandatory health insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact program specialist, Lizette Alvarado, for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.