CUBA – Spanish Course in Havana
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Start dates: All year round
Price: from 2 weeks, 320 USD
SchoolLet your senses go wild in Cuba! The Spanish school is located in Miramar, a residential, sophisticated and lively area of Havana only a few blocks from the beach. Nearby you will find the general meeting point for students located in the neighborhood Vedado, one of the most attractive districts of Havana known for its business and commerce, culture and nightlife. Havana is an incredibly unique location to study Spanish.
The school, established in 2001, is located in a lovely two-story building. It is well equipped with audio-visual facilities, air-conditioning, internet, student lounge and kitchenette at the disposal of the students. There is also a dance studio in the building where you can combine Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Tango classes with your language course.
The Spanish school works with a group of native, highly educated and well trained Spanish teachers. They are pleased to introduce you to the Spanish language and Cuban culture making your stay in Cuba truly unforgettable.
CourseLearn Spanish immersed in the lively and unique atmosphere of the capital of Cuba! The Cuban people are very friendly and welcoming to visitors from other countries giving you the opportunity to practice the Spanish that you learn during your language course in everyday situations. To determine your current Spanish skills and to place you in the corresponding class level, you will take a brief diagnostic test before starting the lessons on the first day of school.
Our language program in Havana offers three different types of class options. You can book a Group course (20 lessons/week), Intensive courses (30 lessons/week) or Private lessons (10 or 20 lessons/week). New courses start every second Monday and are suitable for beginners or advanced students. All courses will improve the four main language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. One academic lesson lasts 45 minutes.
Group course: The group course offers students the perfect balance between language training and leisure time. A communicative approach developing fluency in speaking, listening, reading and writing ensures that the grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation components are applied to actual language use. The teachers always plan their lessons according to your needs to ensure you having a good time. Classes take place in the mornings from 9:00 to 13:00 (20 lessons a week) with a maximum of 8 students per class.
Intensive course: The intensive course is ideal for students who want to learn the language at a more intensive pace. The additional lessons give you the opportunity to focus further on various aspects and contexts of the language. The classes take place in the morning until the early afternoon so that you still have enough time for leisure activities.
Private course: One-on-one instruction is the quickest and most intensive way to learn the language. You have the choice of 2 or 4 daily classes, which means 10 or 20 lessons per week. The classes can be scheduled depending on individual interests, but sometimes are only carried out in the afternoons.
The course material is adapted to your preferences to resolve any problems you may have and focus on the material that you would like to learn. When you arrive, you will sit with the teacher and discuss your requirements and goals. Sometimes you will alternate teachers allowing exposure to different accents and improving your understanding.
Non-academic activities: Learning the language is only one part of getting to know another country's culture. The language school arranges a number of activities for you to explore the real Cuban culture. There are regular excursions to one of the rum museums or tobacco factories. For sports lovers, horse riding, scuba diving, tennis and football are all available. There are also different music and dance workshops available in the afternoon. Also day trips to Santa Maria Beach or Playas del Este are regular. Remember, Cuba is a country of splendid scenery, marvelous historical cities with a unique atmosphere. Once you arrive in Havana, you will be given detailed information about the trips you can participate in.
AccommodationWe want you to feel comfortable in Havana, so we offer you different accommodation options. The Comfort Apartments are located in the residential neighborhood of Miramar very near to the beach and the famous convention center. The apartments are mainly shared between 4 students where you will be staying in a single room (double rooms are available upon request). All rooms are air-conditioned and fully equipped with a TV, telephone and a safe.
In the apartment complex there are several leisure and sports facilities such as a gym, a sauna and tennis courts. You will also find several swimming pools and beautiful gardens, restaurants and bars, as well as a cafeteria and pool bar. A small beach also belongs to the complex.
Each apartment has a terrace or balcony and consists of a living room with a kitchenette, 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom (between 2 and 4 people share a bathroom). Apartments with 1 bedroom only are available on request. The kitchenette is fully equipped with a fridge, oven, coffee machine, microwave, sandwich maker, dishes, etc.
If you are looking for something simpler, then the Guest House is the ideal choice for you. The school's guest house is located 20 minutes walking distance from the school and about 30 minutes from the beach. Single and double rooms with shared bathrooms are available.
Both accommodation options give you the opportunity to have constant contact with locals as well as other students allowing you to integrate into the real Cuban culture and explore all the wonders of this delightful island nation while improving your Spanish!
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| Dance Course, 10 hrs / week
High Season surcharge for accommodation, 60 USD / week. 2013: Jan 1- 12, Mar 24 - Apr 6, Jun 30 - Aug 24, Dec 16, 2012 - Jan 11, 2014
School closed due to public holidays: 2013: Jan 01, May 01, Oct 10, Dec 25, Dec 31. Only private classes can be rescheduled.
Note: This program is not available for US-citizens.
- Orientation kit
- Local support
- 24h-Emergency Number
- Quality Spanish Course
- Teaching material
- Evaluation test
- Activity calendar
- Language Certificate
- Quality Language Course
- Accommodation as booked
- Airport pick-up (if booked)
What’s not included:
- Medical Insurance
- Local Travels
The Cuban capital, located in the west of the country, is one of the oldest cities of the Caribbean islands and has approximately 4 million inhabitants. Due to the sugar cane trade in the 18th century, Havana experienced an economic boom and many colonial style buildings were constructed to represent the richness of the farmers. Today, these historical monuments are still very present. In Havana, which is also known as the “melting pot”, you will find a wide variety of nationalities from all over the world and the city itself has numerous interesting places to visit and sights to see like historical museums and art galleries. Starting from the historical center La Habana Vieja, which was declared World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1982, is now also known as the heart of Havana. The most famous street in Havana, the Malecón attracts an endless number of visitors every day making it know as “the living room of Cuba”. On the 12 mile long boulevard you can admire many historical monuments. Those of you who like to relax should definitely visit Playas del Este, an area consisting of four beaches, and only 15 minutes by car from downtown. This beach district is one of the most visited destinations among Cubans. Havana is not just the capital city but also the heart of Cuban culture. The rumba beat continues day and night like in no other city in the world. The vibrant streets combine the history of Spanish colonialism with the strict direction of the Castro brothers. Havana reflects the Latin culture with the Caribbean climate and the flair of the Spanish language.
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Country Information Cuba
|Eternal summers, nostalgic bays, endless white sandy beaches, turquoise colored oceans, salsa rhythms and memories of Buena Vista Social Club – welcome to the beautiful island of Cuba!
Located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Cuba is the largest insular state of the Greater Antilles encompassing 43,000 square miles. The United States lies to the north-west, Bahamas to the north, Haiti to the east, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands to the south and Mexico to the west.
Cuba is home to over 11 million people and is the most populated insular nation in the Caribbean. Havana, the capital of Cuba, is the largest city in the Caribbean region counting upwards of 2.5 million inhabitants directly in the city and 4 million people residing in surroundings suburbs. The second largest city in Cuba, home to half a million inhabitants, is Santiago de Cuba.
The island of Cuba entails bountiful rolling hills in its foreground, with mountain ranges in the Southeast and central coast. Additionally, in the west coast of Cuba resides the country’s highest mountain of Pico Turquino standing at 6,390 feet tall. Looking through the endless cactus and thorn bushes, a typical natural feature of this year round tropical paradise, is the giant Cuban King Palm that can grow up to 130 feet tall. Moreover, Cuba is home to approximately 340 kinds of birds, 700 different kinds of fish and numerous other rare species like the Red Flame tree.
After the economic crisis and political collapse of the early 1990’s, resulting from the loss of important business partners from Eastern Europe and the WTO, the entire country began a transformation. Today, the country independently runs a socialistic system with a largely state-controlled planned economy. The government owns most current means of production, while the labor force is employed by the state. However, movements towards a more private sector of employment are beginning to surface.
The most important mineral resource is nickel, of which Cuba has the world's second largest reserves after Russia. Recent oil exploration has revealed that in the near future, Cuba could produce huge amounts of oil as well. If this oil rumor proves to be true, what an interesting spin that would throw into world politics!
Similar to most Central American countries, the tropical climate of Cuba allows delightful travel year-round. Though both dry and wet seasons have their advantage, it’s good to know what you’re getting into. Generally, there is a drier season from November to April, and a rainy season from May to October. The average temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit in January and 81 degrees Fahrenheit in July.
Cuban people, culture, traditions and cuisine are very much influenced by their history. The official language of Cuba is Spanish, but throughout the island it is very common to hear numerous other dialects originating from their past as slave port. After spending only a couple of hours in this unique country, the enthusiasm and vitality of the Cubans will be passed on to you, and making new friendships will come easy. Cubans are very happy people and warmly welcome every visitor.