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Universidad de La Habana

Universidad de La Habana, Havana, Cuba
4.18 / 5 based on 42 reviews.

Programmes
Accreditations
60% of students recommend
42 reviews
Housing
3.8/5
All experiences (42)
Student life
4.3/5
5 stars (18)
Academic
4.3/5
4 stars (18)
Languages
4.3/5
3 stars (6)
Expenses
4.5/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.3/5
1 star (0)
Studying in Cuba was an incredible experience. I recommend it to anyone with a strong interest (especially an academic interest) to the peculiarities of the nation. Read Review
rkrefetz, United States

Universidad de La Habana review by rkrefetz

Review by rkrefetz, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, United States
Sociology, University Agreement
HOUSING    
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: academic hotel
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? For increased flexibility and independence.
Personal comments:
My experiences do not reflect the general housing policy of the university because these strict requirements only apply to American students.
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STUDENT LIFE    
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Havana is an incredible city! Don't miss Casa de la Musica for dancing or Las Mercedes for a great meal.
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ACADEMIC       3.0 / 5
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Because the Cuban students do not have many choices for their specific courses, class schedules change frequently. It's helpful to take as many classes as possibly with the same group of students.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
Increased course choices would be an improvement.

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Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: Spanish
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Spanish
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
Improving my language skills was a crucial and worthwhile part of my experience.
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EXPENSES    
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
With residence and student identity cards, I was able to take advantage of both the peso and dollar economic systems. This allowed me to be extremely economical in my expenses.
Nightlife: was the same price as at home.
Food, Travel, Overall, Telephone, Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Daily expenses get much cheaper as you discover what can be paid for in pesos and what requires dollars. Get advice on these items before you go so you won't be taken advantage of.
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OVERALL    
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
The more preparation you do, the better off you will be--but your experience will be full of surprises no matter what!
In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Being at the University of Havana was wonderful but challenging. Be sure you know what you are getting into and are committed to facing that challenge.



FINAL COMMENTS

Studying in Cuba was an incredible experience. I recommend it to anyone with a strong interest (especially an academic interest) to the peculiarities of the nation.
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