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IFSA-Universidad de La Habana

Program Location Havana, Cuba
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34022
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources

IFSA-Universidad de La Habana
Varadero Beach

Cuba is the largest and most western country in the West Indies. The Republic of Cuba actually consists of a group of islands, and though it is located within the tropics, steady trade winds moderate Cuba's heat and humidity.

One of the oldest cities in the Americas, Havana these days is a sprawling metropolis of 2.1 million people. Part Cádiz, part Miami, the city is an intoxicating mixture of opulence and decay; Old World and New; socialism and capitalism; Europe, Africa, and America. The Spanish baroque architecture of the 16th- and 17th-century colonial period, the neoclassical dome of the Capitolio (built in 1929 and modeled on the U.S. Capitol), and the modern glass-and-steel skyscrapers are all part of the mix, all with stories to tell. The city has such an abundance of Spanish colonial architecture at its core, including outstanding examples of the exuberant, early baroque style known as churrigueresque (named for Spanish architect José Benito Churriguera), that in 1982 UNESCO declared Old Havana a World Heritage Site.

Founded in 1728, the Universidad de La Habana is the largest and oldest university in Cuba. It stands on a hill in the centrally located Vedado area of Havana. It enjoys a high academic reputation internationally, and enrolls many students from Europe, Latin America, and Africa.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IFSA-Butler.


IFSA-Universidad de La Habana
El Cobre Church

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least four semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 5 Sem Spanish

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: HK, PSY & SLHS (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Students take four or five courses taught in Spanish. To ensure academic success, academic advising and tutoring are available throughout the semester at no additional cost.

The academic structure of this program consists of the following courses:

  • Cuban Culture and Patrimony (required)
  • Advanced Spanish (optional, but recommended)
  • Three or four electives at the Universidad de La Habana: Courses are integrated with Cuban students and a wide variety of subjects are available


IFSA programs always include an extensive on-site orientation and lots of excursions and cultural events and activities. 

Students will live with host families.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program Fee Includes tuition, two meals per day, on-site orientation, academic advising services, and excursions and cultural activities.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2016

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$11,875.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$800.00
Local Transportation$300.00
Books and Supplies$25.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,200.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid
IFSA-Butler offers a monthly payment plan option for its fees as well as scholarships. Please see its website for more information.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
IFSA-Universidad de La Habana
Cars in San Jose

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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