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University and education systems abroad often show serious differences to Germany. Find out more about the different types of universities, the admission and language requirements and the tuition fees.



In 2018, it will consist of 50 universities and colleges. All facilities are public and controlled by the.

Study system

The academic year starts in September and ends in July.
This provides the following structure for university studies:

The first academic degree to be obtained is the Licenciatura (Licentiate / Bachelor) or a professional diploma. The courses usually last four years, six in the case of medical studies.

  • 2nd degree:
    So-called Diplomado courses are offered in the postgraduate area. Theory and practice are balanced in this part of the study. If the Diplomado course is successfully completed, a master’s course can follow. After a further two years of deepening the subject and independent research, this section of the course is completed with the award of the title Maestría.
  • 3rd degree:
    Three to four-year courses primarily devoted to research lead to the acquisition of the title Candidato a Doctor en Ciencias. Here we find a parallel to the old Soviet system - the title Doctor Nauk. The degree is comparable to a doctoral degree.
  • 4th degree:
    The highest degree that can be obtained in Cuba is the title Doctor en Ciencias. After several years of research, the results must be defended before a committee and published in specialist scientific publications. In terms of rank, the degree Doctor en Ciencias (Doctor of Science) corresponds to a habilitation.

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International applicants must have a secondary school diploma. To be admitted to a study program that leads to an academic degree, an admission test must be taken. Three subjects are tested. In addition, applicants who cannot provide evidence of a very good knowledge of Spanish must take part in a language course.

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tuition fee

International students have to pay tuition fees in Cuba. Depending on the course of study, the range extends from approx. US $ 4,000 to US $ 7,000 per academic year for a full course. The fees for a partial course are based on the number of courses and hours per week taken, i.e. for a course with four hours per week, fees of around US $ 300 are usually charged.

Language requirements

Before commencing studies, the language skills must be so good that a sufficient vocabulary of technical terms enables effortless participation in the courses. The events are mostly held in Spanish and a passed language test or proof of good knowledge of Spanish is one of the admission requirements. Cuban universities offer language courses in preparation for studying.

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Visa, work permit, looking for accommodation, cost of living - all of this should be well researched before going abroad. The information compiled here will help you prepare.

Residence permit and work permit

Visa matters must be clarified with the consular department of the. As a rule, there are no job opportunities.


Please also think of a foreign health insurance (see). One possible alternative is that. Also (vaccinations) must be taken.

Cost of living

As a rough guide, you can give around US $ 650 per month in Havana. In the provinces, the cost is lower.

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There are places available (in the often poorly equipped) dormitories, which cost around US $ 30 per month, or you can look for a room with a host family. The international offices can help you find a place to live. In Havana you should calculate around US $ 300 for the rent.