Arcadia in Cuba Summer Program

  • The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University offers a four-week summer session at the University of Havana. All courses, except Spanish Language, are taught in English. Students take two courses for the session.

  • This program is taught in cooperation with the University of Havana and focuses on the country's exceptional biodiversity, Cuban and U.S. relations, and Spanish language.

  • A semester program is also available.


The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University in Cuba provides students with an exceptional educational and life experience in one of the most unique places in the world. We've partnered with the University of Havana to offer U.S. students the opportunity to live and study in Cuba. The Centro de Estudios Hemisféricos y sobre Estados Unidos (CEHSEU - Center for Hemispheric and U.S. Studies) at the University of Havana is our academic home, and students take classes exclusively designed and taught by faculty from leading departments and centers at the University of Havana. The Arcadia Resident Director and a Cuba Program Director (faculty member) from the University of Havana assist students in navigating the unique culture and society of Cuba to provide students with the best possible experience.



  • 6 credits



Havana is an open and safe city. Cubans are just as eager to find out about you as you are of them. Daily life in Cuba is much different from that in the U.S. Some comforts of home will not be available in Cuba, including easy access to internet or cell phones. On the other hand, Cuba is one of the safest and most friendly countries in the world.  It is the people that make the country, and the Arcadia program provides a great way to get to know them.

Students will be housed in double and triple room dormitory style arrangements at the Arcadia student residence, located in the Vedado area of Havana. The student residence is a 30 minute walk to the main campus of the University of Havana, and approximately a 20 minute walk to the Center for Hemispheric Studies, where semester program students take their core course.

Students reside in the facility with the Arcadia Resident Director in Cuba, with 24-hour access for support.  Home stays are not a possibility for students wishing to take classes at University of Havana.

The student residence is staffed with a security and reception desk at all times. Students are provided small refrigerators, en suite bathrooms, basic linens, pillows, beds and very basic room furniture.


Co- and Extra Curricular Activities

Knowing that it's the people that make the difference, Arcadia connects the classroom directly to co- and extra curricular activities, from extending the core course to experiential learning in the community to activities that bring together American students with Cuban students and people, including language partners, sports, joint programs, service learning and even casual conversations.

The Arcadia Resident Director is available, 24/7, to assist students in adjusting to the educational system and to introduce students to Cubans and Cuba and help them navigate in a complex society.

Field trips and excursions include the Bay of Pigs and Santiago de Cuba.


Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, with previous Spanish language experience is helpful, but not required.

Application Deadlines

  • March 31