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Posted April 04, 2013 by publisher in Legal Travel to Cuba

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

Due to a recently issued license from OFAC, the educational organization Academic Programs International (API) is now able to offer their students half year, study abroad courses in Havana Cuba.

API has been advocating and diligently working with OFAC and the U.S. Department of State for several years to bring to light the connection between 3rd party study abroad organizations and U.S. colleges and universities that offer programs abroad.

Universities that do not have the resources to run their own study abroad programs require organizations such as API to administer programs of this nature. More than half of all U.S. academic institutions use 3rd party organizations in this capacity, and with budgetary cutbacks, that number is steadily increasing.

The current API Cuban and Caribbean Studies Program at the University of Havana will allow students to enroll in 12 to 16 semester credits.  All classes will be taught in Spanish, and API will help students prepare for this intensive language immersion through a careful screening process and extensive pre-departure orientations and support. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be enrolled as an undergraduate at an accredited U.S. college or university.

The program fee for both Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 is $15,980. The application deadline for the fall 2013 program (August 28-December20) is May 6, and spring 2014 (February-June) deadline is November 8.

Cuban and Caribbean Studies Program

Students who study abroad in Cuba with API on the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Program will take an intensive Spanish language course at the beginning of the term in order to better prepare for the immersive nature of courses and everyday life in Havana. They then go on to choose their courses from among a selection of offerings from art history, literature, and colonial/regional studies. Courses are offered Monday through Friday, mornings and afternoons. Course work will be supplemented by numerous cultural activities and excursions.


Students will receive transcripts from U.S. accredited Marist College for courses taken at the University of Havana. Marist College is a four year, fully accredited U.S. college in Poughkeepsie, New York.

University of Havana

Founded in 1728, the University of Havana is the oldest university in Cuba and one of the first to be founded in the Americas. Originally a religious institution, today it hosts over 15 colleges/faculties spanning the disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and business.

More Information

API is working with the University of Havana on a Cuban and Caribbean Studies program, and hope to offer additional academic programs there in the near future.

Academic Programs International
301 Camp Craft Road • Suite 100
Austin, Texas 78746
Call 512/600-8900 or 800/844-4124 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

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