Universidad de la Habana


Study abroad in Cuba through the prestigious Universidad de la Habana! Established in 1728, the University of Havana is the largest, oldest, and leading academic institution in Cuba, and one of the first universities founded in the Americas.


Quick Facts

Partner Program Type - Academic Programs International (API)

API is an organization that UCSC has partnered with to provide students with this opportunity. API stands for Academic Programs International which is an organization that was founded in 1997 to connect U.S. college students to the world. API has staff in the United States and abroad to support students through every step of their journey.

Minimum GPA - 3.0

Prerequisites - Must be under the age of 25, Proof that you are fluent/advanced in Spanish by: Completion of Spanish 6 (for non-native speakers), SPHS 4 (for native speakers), or proof that you possess a high-intermediate/advanced level of Spanish through a Language Evaluation Form.

Eligibility - Good academic and disciplinary standing, Min Age: 18, Open to All Majors, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Standing by the time of departure

Term Options

Fall Semester: early September - mid-December 

Spring Semester: late January - mid-May 

  • Students must miss both winter and spring quarters at UCSC to participate in this session

Partner Program deadlines


  • 2023-2024 Program Budget - Coming Soon


City & University

Enjoy Havan’s charm, the Cuban lifestyle, and the value placed on time spent with others. Old Havana is a rich tapestry of bright colors, as seen in the classic cars and the buildings that line the streets. Havana is home to friendly, welcoming, and extremely generous people. Enjoy life to the fullest through the international art and music festivals, excellent cuisine and coffee, and salsa dancing found in Havana! 

Students in Havana will live with other API students and, in some cases, other international students in a local residencia. An API Residencia in Havana is a renovated home run by a host family, near the University of Havana campus. Residencias have common spaces where students can work and where API holds group activities. Breakfast and dinner are also provided as part of the program fee.

Included Excursions 

Included excursions for this program are: 

  • Cienfuegos and Hanabanilla 
  • Guanabo Beach 
  • Trinidad and Playa Girón     
  • Viñales Day Trip 

Note: excursions vary by term.

If you would like more detailed information about the excursions, please reach out to globallearning@ucsc.edu or studentoutreach@apiabroad.com

Student Support

API teams will support your study abroad journey from application through re-entry. API staff will help guide you through the final phases of the application process after you have been nominated by UCSC, then upon arrival in-country, you will meet the API onsite team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. API staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, cultural, health, and safety questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Students with Disabilities

If you need support services abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator

Please contact API directly if you have any concerns about disability accommodations abroad at studentoutreach@apiabroad.com.

Identities Abroad and Away

UC Santa Cruz Global Learning is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe.

Learn more on our Identities Abroad and Away webpage.


Host University Courses

As a Universidad de la Habana exchange student, enroll full-time in courses alongside other local and international students.

  • Language of Instruction: Spanish
  • There are 2 required courses: Caribbean or Cuban Studies (4 semester credits; 6 quarter credits) and Advanced Spanish (4 semester credits; 6 quarter credits). 
  • If a student is already in advanced language and places out of the "Advanced Spanish" course in their placement exam, students will take 3-4 electives with locals that are worth 2, 3, or 4 semester credits (3, 4.5, or 6 quarter credits), depending on the class and number of contact hours. 

Course Search

  • Via the link under “Available Courses”, all Fall and Spring Semester courses available are listed. 
  • For syllabi, please click on “+” next to the course name to expand course details. Syllabi links are available at the bottom of the expanded view as “VIEW SYLLABUS”. 
  • If “VIEW SYLLABUS” is not available, please email studentoutreach@apiabroad.com and request the course syllabus. 
  • Term availability is noted under "Sessions."
  • You should choose 8-10 courses so that you can be sure there are enough courses in the program that could work for you, even if there are schedule changes, enrollment issues, or other conflicts on-site that necessitate alternate course choices.

Note: Do not change search parameters, as it will offer locations/terms/programs not approved by UCSC.

Satisfying Requirements
It may be possible to satisfy major, minor, GE, and/or electives on this program.

Learn more about:

Course Load Requirements

Information Coming Soon

Credit Conversion

Information Coming Soon

Academic Restrictions

Some courses abroad may have enrollment limitations and/or restrictions, such as prerequisites. Review course information provided by API, and work with assigned API program manager, to understand any course limitations and/or restrictions prior to official course enrollment abroad.

If you are unsure about your eligibility to enroll, please contact UCSC Global Learning at globallearning@ucsc.edu before applying to this program.

Academic Calendar

We recommend comparing the host university academic calendar to the UCSC academic calendar to see how the academic calendars, holidays, and breaks differ.