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Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) in Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Program sponsor: Northwestern University, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Pennsylvania, Trinity College Dublin, and Vanderbilt University

Northwestern students pose in front of Cuban flag
Northwestern students pose in front of Cuban flag
Nick Garbaty holds NU flag in front of a purple car in Old Havana
Nick Garbaty holds NU flag in front of a purple car in Old Havana

The Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) in Cuba offers students a unique opportunity to have direct access to Cuba’s leading institution of higher learning, the University of Havana, and to Casa de Las Américas, the Cuban government’s premier research institution on Caribbean and Latin American studies, Cuban culture, and the arts. This program is designed for students with an interest in the social sciences and humanities with advanced Spanish skills.

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Enrollment requirements:

Students enroll in up to 4 courses, including:

  • CASA Courses
  • Courses at Universidad de La Habana (up to two)

Click here for more details on the CASA Cuba academic program.

Course restrictions:

  • Students may only enroll in courses in two divisions of the University of Havana: the Social Sciences Division (Facultad de Filosofia y Historia) and the Division of Humanities (Facultad de Artes y Letras), which offer a variety of courses in history, philosophy, political and economic theory, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, art history, musicology, sociolinguistics, and literature with concentrations in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Cuba
  • In certain circumstances, arrangements may also be made for students to access courses in other divisions. Such requests are not possible to guarantee and depend on the approval of the University administration.

Program Requirements


Open to students from all majors meeting Northwestern's minimum application requirements.


  • Completion of at least two 200-level Spanish language, literature, or culture courses at Northwestern, OR
  • A score of 5 on the Advanced Placement exam in Spanish language and completion of at least one 200-level course at Northwestern.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.

Term notes

Fall quarter begins in late August and ends in mid-December. 

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

  • 4 to 6 Northwestern units 
  • Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Housing options are as follows:

  1. Residence provided by CASA de las Américas with other CASA-Cuba students.
  2. Cuban families in homestay setting
All housing is located in the Vedado district, within walking distance to CASA de las Américas and the University of Havana. Students will share ample bedrooms (typically double occupancy) with modern toilets and showers, and will be provided with breakfast and dinner each day.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $27,533

Billed by Northwestern
  • Tuition: $16,871
  • Housing & group flight from Miami: $5,200
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,800

Total: $24,871

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Airfare to Miami: $250
  • Local transportation: $300
  • Meals: $600
  • Books & supplies: $100
  • Personal expenses: $1,220
  • GeoBlue: $192

Total: $2,662

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA), and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.

Program Confirmation

After you are accepted to your CASA program, you will need to complete a Program Confirmation form to confirm your participation. Northwestern students admitted to this program are not required to pay a confirmation deposit, but will be charged a cancellation fee for withdrawing from the program after confirming.

Student Visa Financial Certification

In order to obtain your student visa, you will need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation.

If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support from Northwestern.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your CASA tuition and housing, as well as the NU study abroad fee

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other Program Charges

Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from CASA for your program's tuition or housing. Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly.

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