Havana: Arcadia – University of Havana

Havana, Cuba

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - Late August - Late December
  • Spring Semester - Late January - Mid May
  • Summer 1 Semester - Mid June - early July

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer 1 Semester - March 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

The Arcadia study abroad program in Cuba is a full-immersion program where all courses are taught in Spanish alongside Cuban students.

Courses

  • Fall and spring semester students: Students will be directly enrolled in 2 courses of their choice at the University of Havana. All courses are taught in Spanish and students need to have the equivalent of at least 4 semesters of Spanish language to participate in this program. Students will be placed in a Spanish language course taught to foreign students by the Modern Languages Department according to their performance in the placement essay they write at the beginning of their time in Havana. Students participate in the Core Course - Cuban-U.S. Relations: Past to Present - taught at the Centro de Estudios Hemisféricos y sobre Estados Unidos (CEHSEU - Center for Hemispheric and U.S. Studies). Students will receive 16 NU credits for the four courses.
  • Summer students: Students will choose any two of the courses offered and earn 8 NU credits.

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Host University

The University of Havana, founded in 1728, is Cuba's premier institution of higher education with 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 15 major departments in the humanities, social sciences and sciences.  As the largest and most renowned university in Cuba, the University of Havana offers some of the best learning opportunities to U.S. students together with Cuban students.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility
  • Fall and spring semester students: minimum four semesters of college-level Spanish (through SPNS2102) or the equivalent
  • Summer students: no minimum Spanish language level required
  • The University of Havana will only accept students up to 25 years in age

Application Procedure

    • OISP online application
    • Arcadia application

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Official transcript
    • Study Abroad Advisor's Form
    • Photocopy of passport ID page
    • 5 passport-sized photos
    • Inventory of goals and expectations
    • Fall and spring semester students: one letter of recommendation from a Spanish professor and a personal statement (approximately 750 words) in Spanish describing your interest in studying in Cuba are required
    • Summer students: one letter of recommendation from a faculty member of your choosing
    • Please refer to the Arcadia Passport online application system for application details
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Cost

Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $TBD

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($TBD), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Havana: Arcadia - University of Havana Study Abroad Program Budget (Semester)

Summer 1 or 2 2015: $10,909

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,634), and International Security and Emergency Support ($275). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

 

Accommodations

Students will be housed as a cohort in double and triple rooms with a short distance on foot or by transport to the University of Havana. Each room includes minimal amenities with linens and towels provided, along with shared bathrooms and shower facilities. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the residence each day. Internet access will not be available in the student housing.

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, but 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.

The Arcadia program in Cuba is designed to give students the opportunity to be challenged and empowered to be successful academically and also personally, and to be able to interact with Cubans and Cuba on many different levels.