The Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad is a collaborative initiative involving several high caliber U.S. universities — Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt and Trinity College, Dublin.

CASA’s Divisional Program in Cuba provides students with a unique opportunity to have direct access to Cuba’s leading institution of higher learning, The University of Havana, and to Casa de Las Américas, the Cuba’s premier research institution on Caribbean and Latin American studies, Cuban culture and the arts. CASA-Cuba, the University of Havana and Casa de Las Américas have worked together to develop a program of study that will challenge you to achieve a critical understanding of the key issues facing Cuba today and enable you to interact with some of the country´s leading academic experts in the social sciences, arts, and the humanities.

You will immerse yourself in Cuba, taking credit-bearing classes in Spanish from recognized experts on key issues facing the country and interacting with peers who share your intellectual curiosity about Cuba´s past, present, and future. CASA-Cuba offers a non-credit bearing Spanish language course to practice and improve your Spanish as well as individual language tutorials to meet students´ specific needs.

Description of the Academic Program

Students will have an opportunity to enroll in up to four full-time courses, choosing between courses offered at CASA and up to two courses on the main campus of the University of Havana.

The CASA courses are delivered to a combined audience of CASA students and some Cuban university students at the CASA program center in Havana. CASA-delivered courses will be taught by a group of carefully selected faculty, recognized experts from Casa de Las Américas and faculty from the University of Havana. They will each meet for a total of 60 hours, the equivalent of four semester hours each.

A combination of CASA courses and select courses offered at the University of Havana is possible and recommended. We encourage students to take at least one course at the University of Havana to enhance the cultural and social immersion into Cuban society.