At a Glance
City: Havana, Cuba
Partner: Casa de Las Américas and University of Havana
Housing: Casa de Las Américas Guest Residence
Language requirement: HISP500, HISP600 recommended
Calendar: Fall or Spring semesters
Accepts non-Brown students: Space available
One of the longest running socialist experiments in history, Cuba is at a critical crossroad. Cuba’s political and economic spheres have long been subjects of interest and debate providing fertile ground for exciting academic inquiry. Havana, the captial city, was founded nearly 500 years ago, and due to its location, became a center of ship-building in the Caribbean and a strategic stopping point in the Spanish colonial empire. Today it is a sprawling metropolis, home to 2 million residents, and a mix of European, Latin, and American influences. Historic Old Havana, with its diverse architectural styles, has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Brown in Cuba provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to examine firsthand the key political, social, economic, and cultural issues affecting this island nation and its Caribbean and Latin American neighbors.
Brown’s principle institutional partner is Casa de Las Américas (“Casa”), the Cuban government's premier research institution – since its founding in 1959 – on Caribbean and Latin American studies, Cuban culture and the arts.
Brown's Cuba program begins with a one-week on-site orientation that introduces students to the city of Havana, as seen through pre- and post-revolution lenses. This orientation helps students understand basic social, political, and cross-cultural elements that inform everyday life in the city. Visits to different parts of Havana orient students to the city's geography. Additional excursions beyond the city are integrated into the academic calendar.
Students enroll in a prescribed program of study consisting of four credit-bearing courses. Each course meets for a total of 60 hours and is delivered by Brown’s Academic Director in Cuba and six professors contracted through Casa de Las Américas. The courses challenge students to achieve a critical understanding of the key issues facing Cuba today and enable them to interact with some of the country’s leading academic experts in the social sciences, arts, and the humanities.
NOTE: The academic calendar below is an approximation. Specific dates may vary.
- Student cohort meets in Miami: late August
- Orientation: First week in September
- Program Ends: mid-December
Spring Semester - January 21 - May 16, 2014
- Student cohort meets in Miami: late January
- Orientation: late January
- Program Ends: mid-May
Students live together in a safe, clean, and secure guest residence within walking distance of Casa’s academic and cultural center. The residence consists of two floors, and includes a large living room with views to the sea, four shared student bedrooms, and three bathrooms. A resident manager lives on site, and a full-time cook provides students with breakfast and one additional meal each day. Incoming calls can be made to the house phone.
Apply by the deadline using Brown's online application system via the "apply now" and "return to application" buttons on the right side of this page. Applications typically require faculty recommendations so it is important to begin the process early.