Learn Spanish in Havana, the wonderfully vibrant capital of Cuba, a city full of 50’s American cars, beautiful Hispanic buildings, with an atmosphere quite unlike anywhere else! In Havana Latin culture meets a Caribbean climate, offering a unique Spanish speaking location which is undeniably enchanting. The Cuban people are exceptionally friendly and Havana also has the advantage of being a very safe destination for students who wish to study Spanish there.
The colonial grandeur of Havana may have faded slightly, but this only adds to the charm and helps give this Cuban cosmopolitan city a very authentic feeling. Studying on one of our Spanish language programmes in Havana is slightly different to our other programmes as the lessons take place in the teacher’s home or directly in your host family accommodation. All native Cuban teachers and Spanish speaking hosts live in the same area of the city, in downtown Havana.
Our school in Havana (Vedado)
Our Havana (Vedado) programme is located in Vedado, a downtown area of Havana. Vedado is a vibrant area with many restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs, and is also famously the home of El Malecón, a seaside walkway that is well known for being one of the city’s favourite meeting points! A local coordinator is present at all times to offer students support and assistance throughout their stay in the Cuban capital.
Courses in Havana (Vedado)
You can take an Intensive group course of 20 Spanish lessons/week, which is perfect if you are hoping to improve your overall level. If you would like to spend some time focusing on any particular areas of the language which you feel require greater attention, you may like to consider taking a ‘Combined course’ of 20 lessons and 5 or 10 private lessons, or a course of 20 to 30 private lessons/week. Our Havana (Vedado) group and combined courses are usually offered for a minimum of 2 weeks. If you would like to take your course for just one week, you may like to consider taking a course of private lessons. Your lessons will take place either at your teacher’s home, or at one of the host family’s homes, which are all located in Vedado and are all within walking distance of the co-ordinator’s house. Group sizes are kept small, with a maximum of just three students per class.
Whilst studying in Havana (Vedado), you can stay with one of our carefully selected host families, in a single room with half board (2 meals each day). Shared rooms are also available for students travelling with a friend or relative. Host Families are carefully chosen by our school and can be a married couple or single person, with or without children. It is not that common for Cuban hosts to eat with students, but we do encourage you to try and speak as much Spanish as possible with your host, your classmates and Cuban locals. All host families are located in Vedado, an area of Havana next to Miramar and within walking distance of the historic centre of Havana.
Whilst you are studying in Vedado, Havana, you will have plenty of opportunity to learn more about the local culture, as well as to practise speaking Spanish outside of the classroom, thanks to the school’s cultural activities programme! Typical activities arranged include horse riding, scuba diving, tennis and football, as well as excursions to Santa Maria beach and Playas del Este, as well as visits to local rum and tobacco factories! All activities are optional, and may incur a small charge payable directly to the school.
How to get there
Fly into Havana Airport. From here you can take a taxi, or we can arrange an airport transfer for you (please note that this service is not included in the course price).
Location of our school in Havana (Vedado)
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