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Pitt in Cuba
Havana, Cuba
Program Terms: Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Panther Program Housing Options: Dormitory
Language Prerequisite: 4 terms of college-level language instruction Number of Credits: Full term (12-15)
Internship/Research?: No Open to Non-Pitt Students: Yes
Language of Instruction: Spanish Program Length: Semester
Courses of Study: Film Studies, History, Spanish Language and Literature Certificate Program: Global Studies, Latin American Studies
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Program Description:

Late applications may still be possible for Spring 2014.  Contact Brice Lynn at bel18 (at) pitt (dot) edu for more information.  

Pitt in Cuba welcomes non-Pitt applicants!
If you are interested in participating in this unique program and are currently a degree-seeking student at an acredited university in the United States, please contact Brice Lynn ( or 412-383-1029) for application instructions.

The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Latin American Studies, in conjunction with the University of Havana, is pleased to offer students a semester-long program in Havana, Cuba. The program builds on the original Pitt in Cuba summer program and a 40-year relationship with the University of Havana.

Cuban Beach

Students with adquedate Spanish skills will have the opportunity to study Cuban history, politics, health and environmental policy, economics, culture, and society from a Cuban perspective while living in the country's capital city.

As the only country in the Americans with a continuous communist government for over 50 years, Cuba has social, political, and economic conditions which make the country a dynamic and academically enriching study destination.

Location Information | Academics | Program Dates | Prices | Airfare | Housing Information || Program Requirements | Pittsburgh-Based Staff

Old Havana
La Habana, Cuba, is one of the 14 provinces and the capital of Cuba, and it is the leading port and urban center of the island nation. Founded in 1509, it is rich with history of the founding of the New World by Spanish conquistadors and the hope for creating a gleaming civilization. Experience Cuban music, food, dancing, culture and baseball, which is considered the national sport. The population is about 2.2 million, and you will meet people from many walks of life. Havana is a popular tourist destination, and you will be able to explore the many historically significant churches, museums, palaces, public squares, fortresses and many other attractions!

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Students will enroll for 12 credits on the Pitt in Cuba program. All courses will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Core Courses (Required for all program participants)

  • Cuba: Civilization and Culture in the Cuban Society
  • Spanish Language (see note below)
  • Cuban Society Viewed through Cuban Film

The University of Havana requires that students enrolled in this program have completed at least 4 semesters of Spanish language instruction or the equivalent before they apply. All students will be assessed upon arrival in Havana and placed in the appropriate level of Spanish. All courses will be approved by the chair of Hispanic Languages and Literature at the University of Pittsburgh.

Elective courses- All students will choose one of the following courses

  • Historia de America Latina y el Caribe
  • Historia de Cuba
  • Pensamiento Cubano
  • Jose Marti
  • Cine Cubano
  • Panorama Cubano
  • Literatura Espanola I
  • Literatura Cubana I
  • Estudios Afrocaribenos
  • Historia de la Cultura Cubana I
  • Literatura Cubana III
  • Apreciacion Litereraria II

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Old Car

Spring 2013 dates provided for reference only - 2014 dates will be announced soon

Arrive in Miami: 29 January 2013
Arrive in Havana: 30 January 2013
Depart Havana: 25 May 2013

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All prices subject to change.  Spring 2014 Prices Listed Below

PA residents: $12,499
Non-PA residents: $16,559


  • Tuition for 12 credits
  • Housing and most meals,
  • Mid-term excursion
  • Airport transfer
  • City of Havana tour
  • Cultural events and activities

Additional Expenses:

  • Program deposit ($250, to be credited to your program bill)
  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400)
  • Visa fee ($100)
  • Airfare(~$1000)
  • Personal expenses (~$1000)
  • Student Residency Card (~$40)

Students should plan to bring all funds for expenses incurred in Cuba with them in cash. The use of ATMs and credit cards is not permitted.

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Airfare is not included in the program fee for Pitt in Cuba. It is recommended that students budget at least $1,000 to cover flights. Keep in mind that many airlines charge for additional checked baggage.

Cuban Flag

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Housing Information

Cuban street
Students are housed in a hotel within walking distance of the University of Havana. Breakfast and dinner are provided daily at the hotel. (Students with dietary restrictions should speak to Brice Lynn prior to applying.) A variety of very affordable lunch options are available near the hotel and the University of Havana.

Students will purchase a Student Residency Card upon arrival which will allow them to pay for items such as cab fares and non-touristy restaurants using the native currency (Cuban peso) as opposed to the CUC, a currency designed for tourists.

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  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Completion of at least 24 on-campus credits (sophomore standing or higher)
  • Good judicial record on campus
  • At least 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent

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Brice Brice Lynn is a Program Manager in the Study Abroad Office.  His international experience began like many others: with romantic images of tapas, flamenco, and the beaches of southern Spain. Brice found all of this and more, including fluency in Spanish and an amazing host family, when he spent a semester in Granada. Upon his return to the US, he put his new found love for study abroad to use as an intern in the Study Abroad Office, where he was able to share his passion and inspire students to take the leap and go abroad, and he is looking forward to doing the same in his new position! When not working, you can find Brice trying to replicate his favorite recipes from the Food Network or visiting one of Pittsburgh's many fine establishments for food and drink. Contact Brice Lynn by email or phone (412-383-1029).

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.