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Overview of Study Abroad Programs in Cuba

The island country of Cuba may not be geographically far off the coast of Florida, U.S. but it is worlds away in terms of culture and history. Choose to study abroad in Cuba and experience the multiethnic, vibrant lifestyle of this country. It holds a unique chapter in history, which can be seen in the mix of architectural styles from classic French to colonialist mansions and cobbled squares.

Build your linguistic skills and connections with locals by learning Spanish. Enhance your intercultural competencies by studying in this melting pot of African, indigenous, Spanish and Caribbean culture. Immerse yourself in the relaxed Cuban way of life, where community and music are cornerstones and there is always time for some dancing, a sip of Cuban rum cocktail and tucking into some Cuban dishes, a fusion of Spanish and Caribbean cuisine.


Cuba has a long history of sending medical professionals to work in other countries, and is recognized for its excellence in medical education. Whatever you choose to study in Cuba, you will learn from local experts while being immersed in a vastly different culture and way of life.

Although the internet in Cuba is not reliable (seven out of ten people here do not use the internet), this can be an eye-opener for visitors and encourage you to soak up the tastes, sights and sounds of real Cuban life. Cut off from American influence for fifty years, this country will challenge all your preconceptions and show you new ways to view the world.


Here are just a few of the best things about studying in Cuba:

  • Let the history of Cuba that you learn about in class come alive when you visit its monuments, museums and historical sites
  • Grow your global network by meeting diverse, enthusiastic fellow students from all over the world
  • This small country has nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so you can get a depth of travel experience in a relatively short time
  • Because Cuba had travel restrictions for so long, it is still relatively undiscovered and offers an off-the-beaten path choice for the curious

Our Study Abroad Programs

Browse all of our opportunities to study in Cuba below. If you can’t find a suitable program, check out our main program finder to continue your study abroad search beyond Cuba.

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.


  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations


  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world


  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator


  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports


  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad


  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance


When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.


Here are some recommendations for what you can do in your spare time when in Cuba:

  • Visit Havana’s Old Town (Habana Vieja): This UNESCO World Heritage site is a maze of narrow streets, colonial buildings, and lively squares. Visit the Cathedral of Havana, Plaza de Armas, and the Capitol.
  • Tour Tobacco Farms in Viñales: Tour the stunning Viñales Valley and learn about tobacco farming, visit caves, and take in the breathtaking landscape.
  • Listen to Live Music & Dance: Attend a live music performance, or learn salsa dancing. The Casa de la Musica in Havana and Trinidad are popular spots.
  • Explore Museums: Go to the Museum of the Revolution in Havana or the Palacio Cantero in Trinidad.

How to choose the best Study Abroad program

Selecting the perfect study abroad program can be easy! Follow these steps to find the program that will help you achieve your goals.

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

Studying abroad offers a great opportunity to explore your academic interests in an international context! Use our Program Finder tool to search by field of study and take classes toward your major.

Choose Your Dream Destination 

Combine education and exploration of your dream destination! Evaluate which program countries align with your interests and academic objectives.

Improve your Language Skills

Immersing yourself in a language-rich environment is the ultimate method for developing fluency. If language-learning is your goal, favor destinations that use your language of choice.

Fit Your Budget

Explore scholarships and financial aid to determine if these may impact your destination options. Consider the overall cost of the program and cost of living in-country to identify the optimal match.

The Time is Right

Explore programs offered in just the right window of opportunity. We offer semesters in the fall or spring, full academic year programs, or shorter summer study programs.

Try our program finder to filter based on your choices.


Academic Credit

World Endeavors study abroad programs take place at top accredited universities and schools around the world. World Endeavors program advisors assist students with the process of credit approvals, transcripts, and credit transfers. We work with students’ academic advisors and universities to ensure that the process goes smoothly, allowing students to focus on the cultural and academic experience of studying abroad.

Have a specific course or requirement to fill? Contact a World Endeavors advisor to see what programs will be the best fit.


Recent Testimonials

JillianStudy in France

I realized once I got back that I learned more than I thought I did—not that I didn’t think I learned a lot, already. Three of my goals were to make more international friends (check), amp up my French comprehension (check), and expand my worldview (check).

EdenStudy in Spain

Honestly it was the best semester I’ve ever had. I met so many people and learned so many things. I found a new love for a different country. I would definitely recommend World Endeavors to anyone who wants a life-changing experience!

JenniferStudy in Spain

My advisor at World Endeavors was absolutely excellent! Her expertise and delightful people skills were exactly what sealed the deal, making World Endeavors my final decision for study abroad.”

AliciaStudy in Thailand

I have to say that what I remember, as much as the delicious colors and flavors of Thailand, are the people I crossed paths with – the other students who became such good friends, and the local Thais who showed me such kindness. And of course the food. I still dream of the food.”

HeatherStudy in England

It was amazing to be able to say I traveled to six countries in one semester.

KristenIntern in Morocco

It was amazing! Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone - the spontaneous adventures are gold!

Cuba FAQs

Where is Cuba located?

Cuba is in the Caribbean Sea, south of the U.S. state of Florida, west of the Bahamas, and north of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. To the west of Cuba lies Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, and its capital is Havana.

What is the capital of Cuba?

The capital of Cuba is Havana.

Is Cuba safe?

Cuba was generally considered safe for tourists, with relatively low violent crime rates, especially against visitors. However, travelers should be cautious of petty thefts in tourist areas, be aware of the country’s strict governmental regulations, and understand the dual currency system to avoid scams. While internet access is limited and can be censored, standard health precautions apply, such as drinking bottled water and avoiding mosquito bites. Always check recent travel advisories and gather current insights before your journey.

What is the currency in Cuba?

Cuba has a dual currency system: the Cuban Peso (CUP) and the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). However, it’s important to note that the Cuban government announced plans to unify the currencies, with the CUC phasing out in favor of the CUP. Travelers planning a trip to Cuba should verify the most recent currency information and understand the current system to avoid confusion and potential financial mishaps.

What language does Cuban speak?

Cubans primarily speak Spanish. It is the official and most widely spoken language in Cuba. While there might be regional variations or slang, the Spanish spoken in Cuba is mainly intelligible to Spanish speakers from other countries. However, it has its accent and some unique vocabulary.

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World Endeavors offers study abroad programs in several destinations in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Our programs are located in a variety of sites, including urban and rural, English-speaking and non-English speaking. Semester, year-long, and summer programs are all available. Our wide range of options means you can find the program which is just right for you.

How to apply for a Study Abroad Program

You’ve decided to study abroad – congratulations! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. Get ready to CHANGE YOUR WORLD!


Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.


Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.


Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!


You’ve researched, planned and saved. Now you’re ready to study and explore like never before!