Havana, Cuba—Study Abroad
This program is offered through University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) at Casa de Africa (a research institution that belongs to Universidad de San Geronimo).
The capital of Cuba, Havana is a bustling city full of culture, arts, and entertainment that is also, as a result of Cuba’s Castro-era relative isolation, surprisingly uncommercial: free of the billboards and the over-advertised feel of much of the rest of the globe. Old Havana is an UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the best-preserved colonial Spanish complexes in the Americas, untouched, (and one could even say faded) with a sense of romance, but also with a very real sense of the poverty and the limited means Cuba has had during its more isolated last few decades. Further contributing to the "time-capsule" feel of the city, 1950s-era American and late twentieth-century Soviet-made vehicles mix with more modest transportation on the streets. There is a poignant, fleeting feel to this time in Havana’s history, making it all the more relevant to live in and study this culture and society in transition firsthand.
The sincerely friendly, expressive, 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 verdant agricultural valleys and plains and thousands of miles of shoreline and pristine beaches.