University of Havana

University of Havana

Founded in 1728, the University of Havana is the largest and oldest institution of higher learning in Cuba, and one of the foremost in the continent, distinguished as much for its tradition of academic excellence as for its scientific and pedagogical standards. Sarah Lawrence in Havana students have access to a broad range of classes taught by faculty in five general areas: 

  • Philosophy, History and Sociology
  • Arts and Letters, including Literature
  • Psychology and Women’s Studies
  • Biology
  • Health Sciences 

While the Cuban students are enrolled in carreras, or “majors” with fixed programs of study and fewer electives, you will be choosing your classes individually from within the curriculum to suit your individual interests and areas of study. As you explore the various disciplines, you will find both subtle and significant differences from the US approach to each. For instance, the Cuban psychological tradition emphasizes family, community, and the social environment rather than focusing on the individual.

On Cuba

"I took a course in conservation biology at the University of Havana. My conference work was more like a sociology class, as I worked with a community and learned about its campaigns to protect wetlands."
—Cuba program participant