Casa Cuba FAQs

The CASA Cuba Program offers students with a unique opportunity to have direct access to Cuba’s leading institution of higher learning, the University of Havana, and to Casa de las Américas, the Cuban government’s premier research institution since its founding in 1959.

Complete information is available here: Contact Professor Lisa Baldez, the Dartmouth faculty director, with any questions.


The main requirement is fluency in Spanish. Non-native speakers must have completed Spanish 20 or the equivalent.

When Can I Go?

The program runs twice a year for 15 weeks: late August to mid-December, and mid-January to mid-May.

The CASA program doesn’t overlap perfectly with Dartmouth terms; how does that work?

Fall term: students are required to leave for Havana a few days before the end of the summer term at Dartmouth. Students who go in the fall are generally “on” during sophomore summer and have to make arrangements to complete their coursework before they leave.

If you go in January, you will have to take one term “on” and one term “off.”

What Courses can I take?

Dartmouth students take courses at the CASA headquarters in Havana and at the University of Havana; most students opt to take a mix. You can access course descriptions and syllabi at (Scroll down to “Related Files” at the bottom).

The program also includes a week-long trip to Santiago de Cuba mid-semester and 2 weekend excursions.

How many students go on this program?

About 25-30 students participate in the program each term from a consortium of universities that includes Dartmouth as well as Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Trinity College Dublin, Penn, the University of Melbourne, and Vanderbilt.

Where will i live?

Students live together in apartments or with Cuban families; breakfast and dinner are provided.

Who oversees the program in Havana?

A Program Director and Associate Director oversee the program onsite.

How do I receive credits for this?

Before you leave for Cuba, you need to apply for transfer credits, administered through the Registrar’s Office.

The credits for the courses you take in Cuba will not automatically show up on your Dartmouth transcript; you need to apply for transfer credits.

Students may transfer up to a total of four credits to Dartmouth throughout their academic career.

Before you depart for Cuba, submit Transfer Credit Approval (Form 2)syllabi for the courses you plan to take in Cuba to [email protected].

You can get syllabi for the courses offered by CASA Cuba here. You can download syllabi from the University of Havana here. LALACS keeps past syllabi online here.

If you end up taking courses other than the ones for which you requested approval, just resubmit an application for transfer credit for those courses. You may do this through email.

After you have completed your term in Cuba, CASA Cuba will send the official transcripts for your courses to the Dartmouth Registrar’s Office, and they will record the credits on your Dartmouth transcript. They often send them several months after your return and the Registrar’s Office will inform you once the credits are posted.

You will get a letter grade from your Cuban professors, but Dartmouth records all transfer credits as TR, and these grades do not factor into your Dartmouth GPA.  Transfer credits can, however be used for distributive and world culture credit at Dartmouth, if approved by the relevant department or program.

Which departments or programs accept transfer credits for courses on this program?

LALACS will approve transfer credit for all courses that you take in Cuba.

The Spanish and Portuguese Department will approve up to two courses.

The Government Department will approve credit for US-Cuba Relations, upon completion of additional reading and an additional five-page paper.

The History Department will give credit for La Esclavitud, upon completion of the oral final for the course and the final paper, which must be 10 pages. (Note: The course’s syllabus allows students to do either an oral final or a paper of up to 10 pages.) The 10-page paper must be reviewed by Dartmouth faculty. You should submit a copy to the HIST Department vice-chair as well as to your professor in Cuba.

Comparative Literature will grant credit toward the major/minor for the course, Hispanoamerican Voices of the 21st Century.

To request approval from other departments or programs, submit the syllabus and the program information packet from CASA.