June 19, 2017
Since individual travel is now prohibited to Cuba, we will be reinstating our group trips. Call or email us to join our email list for group trips to Cuba. These are People to People legally licensed trips including Havana, Viñales Valley, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
*Please note that the information below is from when it was legal for individuals to travel to Cuba. There is still no legal word/law in place from the US Department of Treasury; however, we are pulling our individual study program per the tweet of President Trump on June 19, 2017. At this time we cannot legally send US citizens to study in an individual capacity to Cuba. Thank you for your patience in this matter.
Currently we can only send closed group to Cuba.
Why Cuba? Because finally everyone, even U.S. Americans, can study Spanish in Cuba through Language Link in a completely legal, approved way. U.S. Americans can now make an independent educational trip under the auspices of Language Link, according to the March 16, 2016, announcement of the U.S. government.
Not only is Cuba a beautiful country, it also has a population that is very friendly and hospitable in spite of the economic difficulties it has undergone in the past years. It’s a country of music, poetry, dance, song and chats. People still have time for each other and for their guests. Cuba is like going back in time to the 50’s – vintage cars, a relaxed atmosphere, no hurry. Apart from that, Cuba has a Caribbean climate. All year round you can enjoy its beautiful beaches.
The materialistic climate will take a while to develop, so now is your chance to experience some of the real Cuba before that happens. It is not necessarily the easiest country for in which to study Spanish, but you can be assured that it will be one of the most interesting!
Havana, or La Habana, is called a city of faded glory, but it is just as much the city of unbridled high spirits. After years of undeniable decline, this impressive metropolis, now included in the UNESCO list of World Monuments, is rising like a phoenix from its ashes. Havana is a city one has to learn to appreciate. It is a melting pot of cultures and races, an open-air museum still under the strict direction of the government. Apart from the picturesque Havana Vieja and the famous Malecón (the immense boulevard that is considered to be the living room of Havana) you should take time to get to know other parts of the city such as Vedado. This is the part of Havana where the host families live and where you will find many art deco buildings that would be considered national monuments in many countries.
Vedado is where all classes and accommodations are arranged. It is a beautiful residential neighborhood and considered as the current Havana downtown, the area of business, commerce and nightlife. It contrasts Old Havana with its cosmopolitan and lively style. The district is very diverse, with a number of cultural centers, restaurants, theaters and parks. There are many opportunities for entertainment. Most banks, airlines and travel agencies are located in this area, making it the most convenient of the city, and it includes the Hotel Nacional, the University of Havana, the National Theater of Cuba and the Colon Cemetery. The distance to Old Havana is just 10 minutes by car (try a vintage car taxi!) or coco-taxi and thirty minutes walking.
Other School Locations in Cuba
Trinidad – Trinidad, due to its history, is a “museum town”, but surprisingly lively place of 50,000 inhabitants. It is the best preserved Spanish colonial town in Cuba and therefore offers a wonderful atmosphere. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its colonial atmosphere, crafts, rustic streets and historical roots transport you to a different time. The town is also close to a beautiful beach and a valley filled with former sugar cane plantations. Most students fly into Havana, (overnight host family arranged if needed), and then take a bus to Trinidad (5 hours). There are also local light-aircraft flights between Havana and Trinidad.
Santiago de Cuba – This is the second largest city in Cuba with a population of 420,000 inhabitants. Its large natural harbor has made it an important port for almost five centuries. During the 19th century French settlers arrived and contributed to the melting pot of Haitian, African and Spanish influences that have made this Cuba’s most Caribbean city. Santiago represents the origin of all that Cuba means today – revolution, hospitality and music. It is the birthplace of many artists and popular heroes. There are diverse activities combining adventure, trekking and diving with ecotourism. To arrive from Havana is a long bus ride of 16 hours. There are also flights to the Holguin Airport from Havana, with a 3 hour long shuttle ride to reach Santiago. An overnight Havana host family stay can be arranged if needed.
Travel to Havana
Airport transportation from the Havana airport and return are offered for a fee by the school.
About the School
StudyTeam Cuba has offered Spanish courses in Cuba since 1997. Their purpose is to make a Spanish course in Cuba an adventure like never before! The programs offered are either intensive mini group classes or individual lessons. All teachers are native Cubans, highly educated speakers and have been well trained in language teaching to foreigners. StudyTeam makes a special effort to have carefully selected host families in the best neighborhoods for a real experience of local lifestyle. There are dance and music classes to be added for a complete immersion in the artistic Cuban culture. Excursions are offered to help make your stay enjoyable and also to directly learn of the rich culture of Cuba.
Style of Teaching – The approach is communicative, with high emphasis on conversational fluency. The cultural level and teaching methods, plus talent and personality, of the teachers have always impressed the most demanding students. Many comment that these are the best teachers they have ever had. Students learn to speak in meaningful, real-life situations.
Levels Offered - All levels of Spanish ability are welcome, from complete beginners to very advanced. You will have an oral and written evaluation at the beginning of your course to ensure proper placement and teacher assignment.
Class Size and Hours - The maximum number of students per class is THREE! There is a minimum of 2. Private classes are available, and Language Link encourages them, as the cost is only slightly more than a group.
Group or private classes begin at 8:30 a.m. There is also an afternoon schedule available.
Materials - It is important to note that provided materials are simple, as this is characteristic of the chronic shortages of Cuba. Grammar books are only available during class hours. Students are advised to bring their own pen, paper, the grammar book of their choice, and a simple small dictionary.
Calendar - Classes can be started any Monday, year round. Any number of weeks is possible, from one to four. To study longer than 30 days requires a visa extension. Please note that only private classes are permitted if your stay is only of one week. Group lessons have a minimum of two weeks.
National Holidays - Classes will not be provided on these days, and classes will not be made up (except private classes) Jan 1 – Liberation Day, Mar 8 – International Women’s Day, April 14 - Good Friday of Holy Week, May 1 - Labor Day, Jul 26 – National Revolution Day, Dec 25 – Christmas Day