College of Charleston in Havana, Cuba

Apply here by October 31, 2019

*Students planning to use scholarships/financial aid must apply prior to November 1, 2019

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

Program Overview

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

Program Dates

Spring 2020

Program Director

Program Director: Dr. Blake Scott, Assistant Professor of International Studies |

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. 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. Students must have an overall GPA of 2.5.

Courses Offered

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

[Taught in English]

LACS 103: Introduction to Contemporary Cuba
LACS 200: Caribbean Crossroads
LACS 300: U.S.-Latin American Relations
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 $5,895 (estimated for Spring 2020) 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.

*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 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 range between $500 and $2000.  All students are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Application deadline is November 29, 2019 for the Spring 2020 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, on ViaTRM. Please note that a non-refundable $50 application fee, will be charged to the student’s eBill account once the application has been submitted to, and approved by, the CIE. This fee is included in the program fee of $5,895.