College of Charleston in Havana, Cuba


Applicants will log into the application portal, Via TRM, using their CofC email and MyCharleston password.  

This program is ideal for students who are Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Political Science, or International Studies, majors or minors, students who major or minor in Spanish, or students interested in developing fluency in Spanish. 

Program Overview

Program Dates

Mid-February - Late April 

Program Director

Christina Garcia
Assistant Professor of Spanish

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

This is a unique opportunity to study on-site in Cuba, one of our nearest, most significant, and culturally-rich neighbors. The island of Cuba blends Caribbean, African, and European cultures, creating a diverse and inspiring environment that students are able to experience by enrolling in courses taught by College of Charleston faculty as well as Cuban scholars. The program offers one semester in Havana, Cuba where students can earn 12-15 hours of credit through the College of Charleston. Students live with carefully selected Cuban families to provide an enriching cultural and  social learning experience. Students will also observe and participate in an array of cultural activities and study trips designed to encourage direct interaction with the Cuban people. The program allows students to further their Spanish language skills as well as learn about the rich heritage of Cuba as reflected in its culture, art, and music as well in its economy, political and social history, and diverse tropical environment. Classes are conducted Monday through Thursday, allowing weekends to explore the island. Several study-visits and day trips, including a longer excursion to other parts of Cuba, with cultural activities and lectures will be an integral part of the student experience.

Courses Offered

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

[Taught in English]

  • LACS 103: Introduction to Contemporary Cuba
  • LACS 200: Talking Trash and Wasting Time
  • LACS 340: Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin Studies
  • POLI 340: Politics of Latin America
  • POLI 245: The Cuban Revolution

[Taught in Spanish]

  • SPAN275: Spanish Skills Review OR SPAN 328: Spanish Language Study Abroad

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 $5,975* includes round-trip airfare from Charleston to Cuba, lodging with breakfast and dinner in private residences (casas particulares) in Havana, academic visa for Cuba, health insurance, all ground transportation and entrance fees during program excursions.

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.

*The program fee is subject to change

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Any financial aid that a student currently has at the College of Charleston will apply like normal for their semester abroad in Buenos Aires (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 if they have further questions about their financial aid. 

Additionally, the Center for International Education awards scholarships for the semester that range between $500 and $2,500. Visit the following link to learn more about CIE scholarships.


Application Process

Applications are due OCTOBER 1.

To apply, please visit the program application page, on Via TRM. AFTER you log in using your CofC email and MyCharleston password you can copy and paste the below link to the address bar to be directed to the program page in order to apply.

Please note that a non-refundable $150 application fee is included in the program fee and will be only reflected in your eBill IF you withdraw from the program after submitting your application.