Please note: Application through Hollins is open to Hollins University students only.
New U.S. government policies have forced the temporary suspension of educational programs in Cuba, including the academic program of the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies in Havana.
Through our affiliation with Spanish Studies Abroad, Hollins students have the unique opportunity to learn about and experience the blend of African, European, and American cultures that form Cuba. Spanish Studies Abroad was a pioneer in study abroad in Cuba and has considerable expertise in dealing with the special issues involved in travel to and study in Cuba.
Participants can choose from courses including Spanish language, introductions to Cuban society, culture, arts, and current events, Afrocuba, and Cuban Socialism. All courses are taught in Spanish by faculty from the Universidad de la Habana. In addition, students with advanced Spanish skills can also take up to two regular university classes with Cuban students at the university's Facultad de Artes y Letras. Guided excursions and study visits to sites of historic and cultural interest throughout the country are an integral part of the program.
Students live and have meals in small residential hotels. Optional community service activities and visits to Cuban homes provide opportunities to interact with local residents.
The program is offered both fall and spring to qualified juniors who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and who have completed the intermediate level of college Spanish.