International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)


Program Title Pitzer Exchange with Sarah Lawrence College in Cuba
Location Havana, Cuba
Host Website
Eligibility All course work is conducted exclusively in Spanish. A minimum of four semesters of college level Spanish is required. The application is highly competitive. Students who have a higher level of proficiency will have a stronger application.
Preparation At least one Latin American or Chicana/o, Latina/o area studies course in literature or film, history, or political studies is required. Suggested additional general preparation options include: Comparative Politics; Intercultural Communications; Language Culture and Society; Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology.
Application Pitzer College general application and the forms required by Sarah Lawrence
Program Dates Fall semester: Mid-August to mid-December
Spring semester: dates to be determined
Required Courses Each student in the Cuba program takes four courses for credit. Course work includes Spanish at an advanced level, one core seminar on Cuban society and development, and electives in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.
Intensive Language Students are required to take an advanced Spanish language course.
Credit Possible Students are required to take 4 courses for a total of 15 or 16 credits.
Course Options For the electives, course work in the humanities, literature and social sciences may be taken at the University of Havana Film history is offered at the University of Havana or FundaciĆ³n del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano. Performing and visual arts are offered at the Instituto Superior de Arte
Housing Options Students will be housed in a guest house run by the small farmers’ organization, ANAP. The guest house is centrally located and near the University of Havana.
Advising Notes The Sarah Lawrence College in Cuba program is highly selective, and the number of students is limited. Students are encouraged to choose a Pitzer back-up option given the chance of placement is not guaranteed.