Cuba has close to thirty thousand international students undertaking studies in Cuba, in over sixty public universities. Almost all programs are conducted in Spanish, so if you want to study on the island nation, you have to brush on Spanish language skills. Higher education is divided into three stages where the bachelor’s programs typically last four years, followed by masters and then a doctoral program. Subjects like medicine are usually five or six year duration, depending on the specific courses taken.

A vast majority of the international students in Cuba are from the Latin American or Caribbean countries however many other countries are recognizing the benefits of education in Cuba and partnering with them for exchange programs.

Short term studies in Cuba include language courses, art, music and dance classes. Classes in the art of engraving are available with individualized instruction lasting one month. Longer classes are also possible. Classes in ‘son’ a form of popular music in Cuba in addition to rumba, mambo and salsa are another possibility. Admission test has to be passed to attend the classes lasting fifteen days. There are four different levels available.

Semester programs in International politics, Cuba Today and World History are offered to international students who have completed one year of college level Spanish language. The programs incorporate Cuban studies with cultural immersion. Students stay with local families and visit community centres to gain a better understanding of life in Cuba.


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