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College of Charleston in Havana, Cuba

Program Overview

The College of Charleston study abroad program in Havana, Cuba is designed for students majoring or minoring in Spanish, History, Political Science, Art History, Urban Studies, Latin American Caribbean Studies, and International Studies, or others who can apply this study towards their degree program.  Click here to view the program flyer.

Program Dates

February to April 2017

Program Director

Sarah Owens,, 843.953.7186

Program Requirements

  • Interested students must be degree seeking full-time students at the College of Charleston
  • Students must have an overall 2.5 GPA
  • Students must either already possess a valid passport, or be able to obtain a valid passport

Program Highlights

 The College of Charleston offers a spring semester program in Cuba, one of our nearest, most significant and exotic neighbors. Cuba blends the experience of cultures - African, European, American - which creates a unique environment that students will be able to experience by enrolling in courses taught by College of Charleston faculty as well as Cuban scholars. Students will be exposed to an array of cultural activities and study excursions designed to encourage direct interaction with the Cuban people. The program is designed to allow students to further their Spanish language skills, especially since they will be living in private residences.  Students will learn about the rich heritage of Cuba, as reflected in its cultural, economy, political and social history, art, music, literature and rich natural environment.  Study-visits and excursions with cultural activities and lectures will be an integral part of the student experience while in Cuba.

Courses Offered

Students must enroll in at least 12 hours (4 courses) to maintain full-time status.

LACS 101: Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies
LACS 103: Introduction to Contemporary Cuba
POLI 340: Politics of Latin America
POLI 245: The Cuban Revolution
SPAN 328: Spanish Language Study Abroad
SPAN 333: Topics in Hispanic Cultures

Note: Students should meet with their academic advisors to verify which courses meet the requirements for their major or minor.

Program Costs

Students will pay their normal College of Charleston semester tuition, plus a program fee. The program fee of $5,950 (estimated for Spring 2017) includes the round-trip airfare from Charleston to Cuba, lodging with breakfast and dinner in private residences (casas particulares) in Havana, all ground transportation and entrance fees during program excursions, academic visas and health insurance.

Additional costs beyond the tuition and program fee are: passport fees, some meals, and any personal travel and other personal expenses/spending money during the semester.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Any financial aid that a student currently has at the College of Charleston will apply for their semester abroad in Cuba (ie. Life Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Academic Scholarships, Federal Student Loans and Grants, etc.).  Students should meet with an advisor in the Office of Financial Assistance to determine exactly what aid a student is eligible for.  Additionally, the Center for International Education awards scholarships for the semester that are worth up to $2000. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is October 5, 2016.

Application Process

Application deadline is November 15, 2016 for the Spring 2017 program. For more information, contact the Center for International Education ( or 843.953.7661). The CIE is located in the Multicultural Center (207 Calhoun Street).  To apply, please visit the application page, here. Please note that a non-refundable $50 application fee, will be charged to the student’s MyCharleston account once the application has been submitted to, and approved by, the CIE. This fee is included in the program fee of $5,950.