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Universidad de La Habana

42 reviews
4.18 / 5 based on 42 reviews
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rkrefetz
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, United States
Sociology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de La Habana
3.0/5
Academic
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.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
Increased course choices would be an improvement.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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rkrefetz
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, United States
Sociology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de La Habana
4.0/5
Overall
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!
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
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.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
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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rkrefetz
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, United States
Sociology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de La Habana
4.5/5
Expenses
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.
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Nightlife:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone, Travel, Housing, Food, Overall:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from 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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rkrefetz
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, United States
Sociology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de La Habana
3.0/5
Languages
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
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Improving my language skills was a crucial and worthwhile part of my experience.
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rkrefetz
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, United States
Sociology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de La Habana
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: academic hotel
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
For increased flexibility and independence.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
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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rkrefetz
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, United States
Sociology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Universidad de La Habana
4.5/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel, Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
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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