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5 Spanish Language Schools in Havana - Ranking 2023

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5 Best language schools in Havana (ranked based on student reviews)

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How our students rated their experience in Havana

4.4

Rating: 0.0/5.0

Overall attractiveness of Havana
56 authentic ratings from students who reserved a course with us in Havana
Nightlife

Rating: 3.4/5.0

3.4
Friendliness of locals

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Interesing things to do

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Geographic setting

Rating: 3.5/5.0

3.5
Public transport

Rating: 2.8/5.0

2.8
Climate

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Cleanliness

Rating: 2.2/5.0

2.2
Affordability

Rating: 3.6/5.0

3.6
Shopping

Rating: 1.8/5.0

1.8
Safety

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2

What school directors said about Havana

"Habana is the beating heart of Cuba. All change, innovation and trends start from here. Authentic but evolving at the same time - great nightlife."

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Havana

Corazón Cuba

The team was young and dynamic. There was always someone there, in case if problems, or just to talk. My Spanish teacher had just the right mix of fun and seriousness to motivate the entire group to peak performance. I grew so fond of the people that the farewell was really hard.

28 November 2018
Course: Learn Spanish - Group - 1 week
Student age: 29 years

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 22 reviews
Eva-MariaCorazón Cuba
StudyTeam Cuba

The only thing I liked about the school was my teacher, who was excellent. However, I think I was lucky because the other teachers did not appear to me to be as good. One of the students had a tutor who was over 80 years old. He had to have his classes outside the "school," because his tutor wasn't able to climb the stairs! I happened to get along very well with my teacher. He was a good fit for me, was very humorous, spoke to me only in Spanish, and was both very organized and flexible in his approach.
This is basically a rip-off. The owner of the company and the owners of the private home that they called a "school." are undoubtedly profiting handsomely from this enterprise. The students (as well as, I assume, the teachers), are the ones getting ripped off. The only real service the school provides is to connect the students with a (hopefully) qualified teacher. After the two weeks was over, he gave me his card and said that if I was ever in Cuba again and needed more lessons to call him. That I certainly would do, but in that case I would take lessons directly from him. I certainly would not book with Study Team Cuba again. I paid over $200 per week for two weeks (about 30 hours total) of classes. When I inquired of one of the tutors how much they would charge if I contacted them privately, I was told that she charged $4 per hour. So if I had simply known where to find a tutor myself, I could have had the same lessons for $120 for which I paid around $415 through Study Team Cuba. So I ended up paying three and a half times as much for classes that I would have had to pay if I had known how to find a tutor on my own.

14 May 2018
Course: Mini group Spanish 20 - 1 week
Student age: 68 years

Rating: 2.5

2.5 | 6 reviews
StudyTeam Cuba

The teacher, Israel Machado, was great!

16 August 2017
Course: Mini group Spanish 20 - 1 week
Student age: 43 years

Rating: 2.5

2.5 | 6 reviews
Corazón Cuba

well organized
Staff are friendly. The activities, accommodation, and transfer service are well organized.

1 August 2017
Course: Learn Spanish - Group - 1 week
Student age: 38 years

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 22 reviews
Corazón Cuba

The skill of my language teacher, Pablito.
1. Classroom size was not proportionate to the number of students: My class contained 14 students which were too many to sit comfortably around the available tables and use the table surface. It was conducted in a room that was too small for that number and was next to a room in which another class was being conducted. All doors and windows were open which means that the sounds from the two classes continually invaded each other's space. Additionally, other students and staff regularly used the classroom as a corridor which was very distracting. 2. Water caused sickness and ultimately hospital treatment: While at Jakera, a number of other students and I became sick, apparently from drinking water from the cooler provided by the school. I remained sick for 5 days and ultimately spent time in hospital. Nobody from the school followed up to see if I needed help. I am a mature person used to self reliance and my husband later joined me in Havana. However, most of the other students are very much younger and would likely need help to navigate foreign systems. 3. Cover-up for an error?: Jakera employees/owners said that the government had announced that the water was less drinkable than usual during the time that students - I believe 5 of us - became sick. No other Cuban I spoke to, including staff at Central Hospital, was aware of such an announcement. I am inclined to believe therefore that this was a cover story and that possibly a staff member forgot to put in the requisite amount of 'disinfectant' that is usually added to the water in the cooler. 4. Excellent teacher: Despite the noisy and overcrowded conditions, my teacher, Pablito, did a very good job indeed during the time I was well enough to attend classes (3 days out of the 5 days booked).

31 July 2017
Course: Learn Spanish - Group - 1 week
Student age: 52 years

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 22 reviews
Corazón Cuba

This program was safe, adventurous and educational. I enjoyed the multicultural student body!
The is of good value!

1 May 2017
Course: Learn Spanish - Group - 1 week
Student age: 54 years

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 22 reviews
Corazón Cuba

Price. Student diversity. Fun staff. Great location.
Would've loved more time for staff to share with us re: what their lives were and are like in Cuba, culture etc....

23 April 2017
Course: Learn Spanish - Group - 1 week
Student age: 62 years

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 22 reviews
Corazón Cuba

Friendly attitude of the teaching staff. Opportunity to interact with people from so many different countries
Have each student bring 1-2 Dry erase markers-they get a lot of use and dry up quickly. Distribute a decent map and include local restaurants and addresses on it. A list of close sites that are within walking distance would be great. A basic word/phrase list for all students would also be helpful. Overall a wonderful and unforgettable experience

3 April 2017
Course: Learn Spanish - Group - 1 week
Student age: 63 years

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 22 reviews
Corazón Cuba

You need to control the noise at night better.

27 March 2017
Course: Learn Spanish - Group - 1 week
Student age: 34 years

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 22 reviews
Corazón Cuba

The hostel was very nice, I really liked having breakfast & lunch together with all the students. Leandro & Lionel (and the other staff) are very friendly & helpful.
The partner school in Trinidad was very nice and, concerning the quality of teaching & classroom, better organized than in Havana.

14 March 2017
Course: Learn Spanish - Group - 1 week
Student age: 31 years

Rating: 4.1

4.1 | 22 reviews
StudyTeam Cuba

It is hard to assess the school, since there is no actual school, i.e. facilities, class rooms, etc. But, my personal teacher was good.
I liked the style, taking lessons in CASA.

17 October 2016
Course: Mini group Spanish 20 - 1 week
Student age: 43 years

Rating: 2.5

2.5 | 6 reviews
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Interesting information about Havana

Why Havana? In Habana, the capital of Cuba, there are more than 2.5 millions ...
inhabitants. Habana is a city pulsating with colour and life - even the name Habana evokes images of dusky maidens, cigar smoke, revolution and passion. The architecture of Old Habana is very charming with its narrow, cobbled streets, shady plazas, grilled windows and grand, if in many places, crumbling buildings. The Cubans are optimistic and their infectious smiles will make any visitor feel welcome.
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Key Facts about Havana

Population:   2,164,000
Time zone: +5h. (GMT -5)
Region: La Habana,
Currency: CUP (1 CUP = 0.0377 USD)
Name of city in Spanish: Habana
Visa: Nationals from USA require a visa to enter and study in Cuba. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Visa requirements data last updated on 01-12-2022 (Source)
For the most up-to-date visa information please consult with the embassy or consulate of Cuba in your country. List of embassies and consulates of Cuba on the official website - Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores.
High season: December
Low season: October
Average course price per week (High season): 580 €
Average course price per week (Low season): 354 US$
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in New York
  • Student price index excluding rent:51* (49% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:31* (69% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:40* (60% cheaper than New York)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type A
  • Plug Type B
  • Plug Type C
  • Residential voltage: 110 V
  • Frequency: 60 Hz

Weather in Havana

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Events in HavanaBest time to take a language course in Havana

January
Cuba Jazz
Cuba Jazz

January 2023One of the most important Latino Jazz Festivals around, Cuba Jazz puts together an amazing line-up of musicians from Cuba and Latin America every year.

February
Feria Internacional del Libro de Cuba
Feria Internacional del Libro de Cuba

February 2023One of the most important literary events in South America, the Feria Internacional del Libro brings together some of the most famous Cuban and Latino authors for lectures, exhibitions and book signings. It is immensely popular and a great place to pick up something new to read.

November
Baila en Cuba
Baila en Cuba

November 2023Baila en Cuba is a dance festival that spotlights latin dancing for a week of shows, lessons, workshops and competitions.

Marabana/Maracuba
Marabana/Maracuba

November 2023Attracting thousands of challengers every year, the Havana marathon goes through the most beautiful and central streets of the city and ends in Old Havana. After the race, runners often go for a swim on the Playas del Este.

Arrival airport

José Martí International (HAV) - 16 km. from Havana city center

Public transportation to city center:

Taxi: 20 minutes drive to city center of Havana

Public transportation in Havana

Questions and answers about Havana

  • Regarding the sports, there are a lot of gyms close to the school and in the city, but one can also run in the city.
    Astrid, Admissions and Enrolments from Estudio Sampere - Nov 17, 2022
  • There is the option of buying a prepaid internet/Wi-fi card at shops, in some hotels, cybercafés and official ETECSA stations.
    Astrid, Admissions and Enrolments from Estudio Sampere - Nov 17, 2022
  • In Havana, Estudio Sampere organizes accommodation in a private or shared apartment, in a residence, or in a homestay accommodation with local families. All the options include breakfast and 1 meal.

FAQ about schools in Havana

  • Cultourica has received the best overall rating in Havana.
  • Corazón Cuba, located in Lamparilla 311, entre Aguacate y Compostella, Habana Vieja has been voted as the school with the best location in Havana.
  • 'Homestay' at StudyTeam Cuba is the best rated accommodation in Havana.
  • The student price index in Havana is 51.08. For details check the city's cost of living section.
  • Students rated Havana with 4.4 stars out of 5.
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