Is there a Russian community in Cuba?


Question: Hello Havana Times, my name is Eduard and I live in USA but originally from Russia. We are planning to come to Cuba for Religious purposes. I am happy that I was able to find your website and I can learn something about Cuba from your website. We would like to find a Russian community in Cuba and wondering if you would know where we can find this community? According to our research there is about 55,000 people of Russian descent living in Cuba.

Also, is there an open access to the internet in Cuba?

Answer: Yes there is a good size Russian-Cuban community and one of our writers, Dmitri Prieto is a member of it. We will pass on your request to him and he can then write you directly.

As to your other question, Internet in Cuba for visitors is available at some of the hotels at varying speeds, and costing from 7 to 11 USD the hour. Cubans are not allowed to contract internet service at their homes, even the terribly slow 40-50 kb telephone dial up connections, which some trusted government workers and artists have.

Can I independently enroll in classes at the University of Havana?


Question: I am a US student interested in enrolling 2 or 3 classes at UH. Is this something I can do independently of an organized abroad program? If so, how might I go about doing this? I am having a difficult time finding any information on how to enroll. Thank you!

Answer: After some looking around it seems the best bet will be starting with UniversiTUR SA, a state company that coordinates independent study for foreign students.  Phone in Havana is (53 from outside Cuba) 7261-4939, agencia@universitur.com.  Calle 30 No. 786 between Calle 41 y Ave Kohly.

Other options would be to look for programs at individual Cuban Universities.  The CUJAE (a comp. science and engineering univ.) and Santa Clara University Marta Abreu are good places to start.

  • rodrigvm

    You will have to wait when diplomatic relations are established. I just met a group of 12 US students enrolled in UH courses. The problem is if you don’t follow US rule you will not be credited for the courses…the problem is our government, not Cuba.