Winter: USAC in Havana (Cuba)

Havana, Cuba

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Winter 2021
Dec 27, 2020
Jan 16, 2021
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Rising Junior
Rising Sophomore


Program Advisor

The Program

Study for three weeks at The Instituto de Filosofía in La Habana, Cuba.

Students will study the impact of African, Spanish, and American influences on Cuban Culture and Society, as well as embarking on field trips to significant surrounding areas of the country. Excursions include walking tours, museum visits, and guest lectures coupled with cultural activities and meals to provide you the opportunity to interact with Cubans and learn firsthand their perspective of our common histories. Individual courses have field trips, performances, or outings built in to complement what you explore in class. You’ll also visit a tobacco plantation, cigar factory, and a beach resort to experience the full range of Cuba’s agricultural history and present tourism economies.


Car in Cuba

Program Location

Photo of Havana


Havana (La Habana), the capital of Cuba, is a bustling city full of culture, arts, and entertainment. Old Habana is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the best-preserved colonial Spanish complexes in the Americas. With a population of 2.1 million, Havana is the 7th largest city in North America. Students will find that Havana is full of color, with salsa music, parties, and open-air bazaars. There are many landmarks to explore in Havana, including Fusterlandia, El Moro, Gran Teatro de la Habana, and the Hemingway Museum. The friendly and multicultural Cuban society supports a rich and varied Caribbean culture that is a fusion of African, Spanish, and American influences. Cuban music, dance, literature, cuisine, and art all reflect this historical and cultural mixture resulting in a sensory overload of exotic rhythms, vibrant colors, and tropical flavors. Cuba's natural beauty is as unique as its culture, with agricultural valleys and plains and thousands of miles of shoreline and pristine beaches.



To view the list of courses available for the Winter 2020 session, please click here. To request a course syllabus, email 

This program is great for students enrolled in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and Spanish, History/Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, and Latino & Caribbean Studies majors. Students will take courses at The Instituto de Filosofía in La Habana. It began in 1968 and maintains close ties with the Universidad de la Habana and other universities in the country, the US, Europe, and Latin America. Students can take courses from a wide range of academic subjects, from Cuban Cuisine, to History, Politics, Dance, and Spanish. 

Students will enroll in three to four credits; at least one 3-credit course is required. Courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted in Spanish. Courses taught in Spanish are typically intended for students with four or more semesters of college Spanish. Courses are subject to minor changes resulting from on-going curricular review, faculty assignments, and program revisions. Course availability is conditional on student interest and enrollment.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.



To view the current academic calendar, please visit the USAC web page.

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.



Late December

Mid January

Housing and Meals

Students will stay in bed-and-breakfast style apartments, run by local Cubans, near the University of Habana in a student neighborhood. This style of accommodation is relatively new in Cuba but has exploded in popularity as an inexpensive and more authentic living experience. The area is only a 5-minute taxi ride to Habana Vieja (the popular, touristy part of La Habana). The Vedado neighborhood is far less touristy than Habana Vieja and offers a more authentic experience; it is also close to the recently opened American embassy. You will stay in double rooms, and there will be a few students in each apartment. There will be a common living space and kitchen so you can hang out together and cook in that area. Daily breakfast will be provided by the landlady of the apartments.


Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost for Undergrad $5,060 $5,430
Program Cost for Grad $5,290 $5,640
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Breakfast
•    Administrative Fees
•    On Call International Insurance

* The winter session student fee is not included in the program cost above.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,000
Meals $450
Local Transportation $30
Personal Expenses $350
*USAC Application Fee $100
Total $1,930.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

*The $100 non-refundable USAC application fee you paid USAC has already been deducted from the program cost.



Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.