Universities in Cuba
Universities in Cuba by City:La HabanaSanta ClaraSantiago de Cuba
About universities in Cuba
In Cuba, higher education is provided by the universities in Cuba, as well as institutes for higher education, colleges of higher pedagogy, various centers of higher education, and higher polytechnic institutes. Cuba has as many as 47 universities and all the higher education institutions are run by the state.
To be eligible for gaining admission to the universities in Cuba for higher studies, students have to go through an entrance examination. Candidates who are vying for distance education should complete the secondary level of education and carry a work experience of at least one year under their belt. The age limit is 25 to 35 years of age, within which they have to pass the entrance examination. In order to enroll in the higher education, the students require:
- All documents and testimonials pertaining to the education undertaken so far.
- For the male students, they need to provide proof that they have taken Mandatory Military Service under the National Law No. 75/1994.
This level is equivalent to the bachelor’s degree in Cuba. The first and most important level of higher education in Cuba continues for four to five years. In the discipline of Medicine, the bachelor’s program lasts for five to six years. Courses that are designed for workers usually last longer than the traditional courses. At the end of the first stage, successful students are provided with a Licenciatura (bachelor’s degree) or a Título professional, which is a professional diploma.
University 2nd Stage or the Diplomado, Maestría, Especialista Courses
2nd Stage curriculums in Cuba have three levels. During each level, students need to study at least for 200 hours taking theoretical instructions, practical sessions, and internship in industrial sector and pick a final project.
Students can acquire academic credits after completing a Master’s degree in Cuba, and after they have done so, students are eligible for working on a Master's thesis as they continue their Diplomado studies.
The second stage consists of in-depth research and analysis after which, students are awarded the Masters Degree in Cuba or the Maestría, after a two year period.
Candidato a Doctor en Ciencias
These are three to four year curriculums that lead the successful students to be awarded the degree of Candidato a Doctor en Ciencias. This degree is needed by the students who want to get admitted to the studies for the Doctor en Ciencias.
Doctor en Ciencias
The Doctor en Ciencias degree is offered to the students after they complete the additional years in scientific research. At the end of the research, the students need to defend their findings before a team of jury, upon whose approval the degree is awarded to the students.