CofC in Havana, Cuba: Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Political Science, Spanish Language (Spring 2022)

Program Dates and Fee:

February – April, 2022 | $5,895* (subject to change and does not include tuition)

Sign up for the virtual information session regarding Cuba, September 16th from 11am -12pm. The zoom link will be sent after filling out the Sign up form.


[Taught in English]

  • LACS 103: Introduction to Contemporary Cuba
  • LACS 200: Women’s Health in the Caribbean
  • LACS 310: Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • POLI 340: Politics of Latin America
  • POLI 245: The Cuban Revolution

[Taught in Spanish]

SPAN275: Spanish Skills Review OR SPAN 328: Spanish Language Study Abroad

Note: Students should meet with their academic advisors to verify which courses meet the requirements for their major or minor.

Program Description:

This is a unique opportunity to study on-site in Cuba, one of our nearest, most significant, and culturally-rich neighbors. The island of Cuba blends Caribbean, African, and European cultures, creating a diverse and inspiring environment that students are able to experience by enrolling in courses taught by College of Charleston faculty as well as Cuban scholars. The program offers one semester in Havana, Cuba where students can earn 12-15 hours of credit through the College of Charleston. Students live with carefully selected Cuban families to provide an enriching cultural and  social learning experience. Students will also observe and participate in an array of cultural activities and study trips designed to encourage direct interaction with the Cuban people. The program allows students to further their Spanish language skills as well as learn about the rich heritage of Cuba as reflected in its culture, art, and music as well in its economy, political and social history, and diverse tropical environment. Classes are conducted Monday through Thursday, allowing weekends to explore the island. Several study-visits and day trips, including a longer excursion to other parts of Cuba, with cultural activities and lectures will be an integral part of the student experience.

Students will pay their normal College of Charleston semester tuition, plus a program fee. The program fee of $5,895* includes round-trip airfare from Charleston to Cuba, lodging with breakfast and dinner in private residences (casas particulares) in Havana, academic visa for Cuba, health insurance, all ground transportation and entrance fees during program excursions.

Additional costs beyond the tuition and program fee are: passport fees, some meals, and any personal travel and other personal expenses/spending money during the semester.

You can view the promotional flyer here:

Below is the recorded information session from September 16, 2021

Program Director:

Professor Ashley Wendt
Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Program Requirements:

  • Interested students must be degree seeking full-time students at the College of Charleston
  • Students must have an overall 2.5 GPA
  • Students must either already possess a valid passport, or be able to obtain a valid passport

Financing Study Abroad:

  • In most cases, all of your normal financial aid applies.
  • The Center for International Education offers scholarships from $500 – $2,500. Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need, academic merit, 2 faculty recommendations and a personal statement. Learn more here.

Application Deadline: October 1, 2021

Study Abroad 101 OAKS Course

Ready to learn more about studying abroad? Self-register for our Study Abroad 101 OAKS Course! Once you log into OAKS through MyCharleston, click on Self Register in the top right corner. Select Study Abroad 101 and review all of the modules and learn more about study abroad!

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