Question: I am from Poland and I am interested in broadening my English language skills and would like to start studies at the English faculty of the University of Havana. I would like also to learn Spanish language. My question is if it is feasible to study at University of Havana without knowledge of the Spanish language.
Answer: In a consultation with the Facultad de Lenguas Extranjeras (FLEX or the Foreign Language Faculty) of the Universidad de La Habana, we were informed that they offer courses in both English and Spanish (as well as other languages), and that it is not necessary that one speaks Spanish before beginning studies of either language.
Courses in English are offered on a semester basis.
Courses in Spanish are offered by FLEX’s Departamento de Español (Spanish Department) and begin on the first Monday of each month. There are four levels, different length courses, and placement tests determine the appropriate level for each student. If one wants to take the year-round Spanish-language course, this begins in October and goes until May.
To get more detailed information about the courses as well as about how to proceed with enrolment, there are two options:
You can go to the website of the Universidad de La Habana at www.uh.cu , click under Facultades and then go to Lenguas Extranjeras. This site has the advantage of providing more general information about the university. The website exists only in Spanish, so you might want to try the Google translator (which has its limitations but still gives a general idea) to read it in English.
Or you can go directly to the website for the Facultad de Lenguas Extranjeras, which is accessible either through the general website for the Universidad or directly, at www.flex.uh.cu Be persistent, as sometimes it takes a while to get into the site.
You might also try the following URL www.uh.cu/infogral/estudiaruh/postgrado/english.html which provides a description of the Intensive Spanish Program, in English, as well as Immigration Requirements for overseas students wanting to study in the Foreign Language Department.
For more information, you can also contact the Postgraduate Office either by email firstname.lastname@example.org (MSc. Tamara Proenza) or by phone (537) 832-4245. They will also be able to provide information on obtaining a student visa, etc.
According to immigration requirements, any foreign national who wants to study in Cuba is required to stay at a university residence, tourist resort or at a licensed private rental home.