Study Medicine Careers in Cuba

Cuban medicine has great international prestige. Cuba was the first country in the world to eradicate the transmission of HIV from mother to child; has a therapeutic vaccine for non-small cell lung cancer. as well as a treatment for diabetic foot ulcers.

With the recognition that precedes Cuban medicine, it is not surprising that it is praised by many. Cuba's public health system is a "model for other countries in the world."
One of the main reasons why the medical system in Cuba has been praised worldwide is because it offers free and quality services for all citizens.

The Cuban government considers that access to health is a human right.

 After the 1959 Revolution, Cuba had only 6,000 doctors, of which several emigrated in those early years. The shortage of doctors forced the government to invest in medicine and medicine education. Medical schools were opened, students were encouraged to enter this career, and many of the remaining doctors became professors.

In 1999, the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) was created, which offers a complete education in medicine and its specializations.

Since its founding, ELAM has attracted many students from other countries. In addition to clinical courses, students also learn to identify social factors that influence chronic diseases and help prevent them.

Contents of this page

  1. Medical Career
  2. Stomatology Career
  3. Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
  4. Other Degrees
  5. Registration Requirements
  6. Preparatory Spanish Course
  7. Payments, Payment and Returns Policy
  8. In the Prices of The Races is Included
  9. Returns
  10. Tuition
  11. Accommodation and Feeding
MEDICAL CAREER
Course start date: September
Duration: 6 years
Graduate title: Doctor of Medicine
Price: 55,000.00 USD (includes tuition)
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PRICE PER YEAR OF STUDY
1st year
2nd year
3rd year
4th year
5th year
6th year
8.500,00
1st year
8.000,00
8.000,00
11.000,00
11.000,00

There is the possibility of requesting only one year of study, in particular the last years of the degree, whose price is 20% higher than the total price declared in this document for each academic year.

Facility of terms to make payments
Undergraduate
At the beginning of the course
Close of the first semester
Before examining
1er y 2do Año
3.500,00
2.500,00
2.500,00
3er y 4to Año
3.000,00
3.000,00
2.000,00
5to y 6to Año
4.000,00
4.000,00
3.000,00
 
STOMATOLOGY CAREER
Course start date: September
Duration: 5 years
Graduate title: Doctor of Stomatology
Price: 50,000.00 USD (includes registration)
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PRICE PER YEAR OF STUDY
1st year
2nd year
3rd year
4th year
5th year
8.800,00
8.800,00
7.600,00
12.400,00
12.400,00

There is the possibility of requesting only one year of studies, in particular the last years of the degree, whose price is 20% higher than the total price declared in this document for each academic year.

Facility of terms to make payments
Undergraduate
At the beginning of the course
Close of the first semester
Before examining
1st and 2nd Year
3.000,00
3.000,00
2.800,00
3rd and 4th Year
2.600,00
2.600,00
2.400,00
5th year
4.500,00
4.500,00
3.400,00
 
DEGREE IN NURSING
Course start date: September
Duration: 5 years
Graduate title: Bachelor of Nursing
Price: 33,000.00 USD (includes registration)
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PRICE PER YEAR OF STUDY
1st year
2nd year
3rd year
4th year
5th year
6.000,00
6.000,00
7.000,00
7.000,00
7.000,00

There is the possibility of requesting only one year of studies, in particular the last years of the degree, whose price is 20% higher than the total price declared in this document for each academic year.

Facility of terms to make payments
Undergraduate
At the beginning of the course
Close of the first semester
Before examining
1st and 2nd Year
2.000,00
2.000,00
2.000,00
3rd and 4th Year
2.500,00
2.500,00
2.000,00
5th year
2.500,00
2.500,00
2.000,00
 
OTHER DEGREES
Course start date: September
Duration: 5 years
Graduate title: Bachelor in "name of the degree"
Price: From 32,000.00 USD to 33,000.00 USD (includes registration)
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PRICE PER YEAR OF STUDY
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
1st year
2nd year
3rd year
4th year
5th year
Total
Imaging and Medical Radiophysics
6.000,00
6.000,00
7.000,00
7.000,00
7.000,00
33,000.00
Clinical Bioanalysis
6.000,00
6.000,00
6.500,00
6.500,00
7.500,00
32,500.00
Health Information Systems
6.000,00
6.000,00
6.500,00
6.500,00
7.500,00
32,500.00
Optometry and Optics
6.000,00
6.000,00
6.500,00
6.500,00
7.500,00
32,500.00
Health Rehabilitation
6.000,00
6.000,00
6.500,00
6.500,00
7.000,00
32,000.00
Nutrition
6.000,00
6.000,00
6.500,00
6.500,00
7.000,00
32.000.00
Hygiene and Epidemiology
6.000,00
6.000,00
6.500,00
6.500,00
7.000,00
32.000,00
Logophonoaudiology
6.000,00
6.000,00
6.500,00
6.500,00
7.000,00
32.000,00
 
REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants for full undergraduate careers must submit the following documents to enroll
  • Graduate degree from pre-university, baccalaureate or equivalent level.
  • Certificate of grades, for validation with a view to continuing studies.
  • Health certificate that includes, in addition to the statement that you do not carry communicable diseases and specifically the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), as well as physical or mental disabilities that are disabling for the exercise of the profession to which you aspire and in the case of certified females to ensure that they are not pregnant.
  • Have no disabling diseases. See Invalidating Diseases
  • Document certifying that you do not have a criminal record.
  • Birth Certificate.

Further:

Ten (10) 1x1 inch size photos.
Speak and write Spanish.

NOTE: Applicants whose native language is not Spanish must pass the preparatory course or pass the proficiency exam.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The aforementioned documents must be legalized by Cuban consulates abroad.

Other documents required to enroll:

  1. Proof of admission to the career issued by the Agency that approved it.
  2. Payment receipt corresponding to the amount of the established fees.
  3. Cuban Health Insurance purchased from the health insurance provider ASISTUR, which can be purchased prior to or within the week after arrival in Cuba.

If the student has any insurance, they can bring it and ASISTUR determines if it is valid and / or compatible with what it offers.

PREPARATORY SPANISH COURSE

The preparatory course is mandatory for foreign students whose native language is not Spanish, with the exception of those who demonstrate their proficiency in the Spanish language by means of a proficiency exam (oral and written), by personal request prior to starting His studies.

It will be an indispensable condition for the continuity of university studies, that students pass the preparatory studies.
Duration of the preparatory course: 20 weeks
Sufficiency exam: It is carried out at any time prior to the start of the course
Price of the Spanish language proficiency exam: 100.00 USD
Price for the preparatory Spanish course: 2,400.00 USD

IN THE PRICES OF THE RACES IS INCLUDED
  1. Enrollment, right to attend all class and optional activities, both theoretical and practical.
  2. Right to all career exams, including the final state exam.
  3. Certification of grades for academic periods legalized by the University.
  4. Delivery of graduate degree, certificate of grades, thematic plan and certificate of good practice legalized by the University at the end of the degree.
  5. Use of library services during studies.
  6. Free access to the INFOMED online platform and the digital databases of this site, educational consultations, obtaining Cuban books in e-book format.
  7. Access to sports and cultural areas of the study center and participation in its different manifestations.
  8. Scientific advice for research work.
  9. Possibility of publishing articles in Cuban magazines.
PAYMENTS:

The Comercializadora de Servicios Médicos de Cuba (CSMC) establishes payment policies that are listed below:PAYMENT IN

  • CASH IS NOT ACCEPTED.
  • Medical programs and other services must be prepaid before arrival at the corresponding medical institution or UCM.
  • The prices of the Medical Programs, Academic Studies or other services are in USD ... See Payment Policy

Payments are by bank transfers from abroad or online payments through the payment gateway. Online payments will be made by credit, debit or prepaid cards: VISA, MasterCard, Maestro, AMERICAN EXPRESS, ServiRed AND VISAL Electron.

You can also pay directly at the Cuban Medical Services Marketing Company once in Havana, but the first payment must be from your country ON LINE.

You can also pay directly at the Cuban Medical Services Marketing Company once in Havana, but the first payment must be from your country ON LINE.

We are not responsible if your card does not work while in Cuba and you cannot start the registration process.

Notes:

  • Regardless of whether prices are established in USD, transfers cannot be made in US dollars or from banks or branches with US capital. For this reason the transfer must be made in Euros / Pounds Sterling / Canadian Dollars.
  • The shipment must specify the name of the student to whom the payment is intended.
  • It must be ensured that the Cuban party receives the full amount agreed, without discounts.
  • The expenses associated with bank transfers made in favor of Comercializadora de Servicios Médicos Cubanos, S.A. (CSMC) for the payment of the academic activity agreed in correspondence with the terms of this Annex, will be fully assumed by each student, so that CSMC receives the corresponding amount, free of surcharges and other discounts that may proceed.
  • To make payments online through the payment gateway, students must fill out the following form to request the invitation of their payment ON LINE. ON LINE Payment Request 
  • While in Cuba you can make the payment in person on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8.30 AM to 5.00 PM at the Medical Services Commercialization.
  • A discount of up to three percent of the value of the academic year is authorized if the full payment is made before the start of the academic year.
RETURNS
  1. The legalization of documents in the MINREX for their use abroad is not included in the tuition payments, it will be done in a personal capacity by the student and paying the entire cost.
  2. Once their enrollment is official, a contract will be signed between the student, the University and the Cuban Medical Services Marketer (Branches). If the student does not appear for the agreed academic services, 10% of the agreed amount will be deducted.
  3. If the student leaves for any reason during the first week after the time declared in the study program of the figures of professional improvement: courses, training, internships, etc. or the first month of those corresponding to academic career training, 10% will be deducted from the total payment made for academic services.
  4. If the student causes withdrawal (academic, due to personal problems, or illness, within 50% of the time declared in the study program of the academic activity he / she performs, he is entitled to a refund of 40% of the payment made. After 50% and one (1) day of the time declared in the program will not be entitled to any remuneration.
  5. The foregoing does not exempt the student from the payment of any other financial responsibility acquired.If the withdrawal is the product of violations of discipline or non-compliance with the Regulations for foreign students in Cuban higher education centers, you will not get any refund.
  6. It only corresponds to the undergraduate student who causes withdrawal from the academic year before taking the first semester exams.
  7. If it is necessary to make a refund, it will only be made to the beneficiary in Cuba in USD, or failing that and in very exceptional cases duly justified to the transferor by means of a document accrediting before a notary public and duly legalized at the Embassy o Cuban Consulate in the country of origin.
  8. Payments for academic services, as well as for logistics insurance, accommodation and food do not include: teaching materials, national or international transportation, telephone or Internet communications, books, teaching aids, medical instruments, printing of materials, immigration procedures in Cuba ( change of immigration status and preparation of identity document), translations and legalizations before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the embassies, procedures and transfer of the corpse in the event of death. It is the responsibility of each student to transfer them to and from the airport at the beginning and end of their studies and during the vacation period between one academic year and another in case they decide to travel.
TUITION
The programs of the races cannot suffer any type of variation in content or time.
The programs of the races are not sent before your arrival and officialization of your registration.
 
ACCOMMODATION AND FEEDING
In health system facilities
Price:  6.85 USD per day per person (includes breakfast, lunch, food and accommodation)
Accommodation: Rooms shared by several students, the figure depends on the size of the room according to school hygiene standards, two-level bunk beds and natural ventilation. The collective bathrooms at the rate of up to 10 students per room.

Meals, directed menu, offered in student residences for Cuban university students, based on traditional Cuban cuisine, following Cuban food standards under current conditions. The student has the option of consuming it or not, but will not receive accommodation or other offers. The offer of vegetarian meals or of any other nature that responds to religious beliefs and / or cultural factors is not available.

All students housed in student residences belonging to the National Health System are required to comply with the Disciplinary Regulations established in each institution.

OTHER VARIANTS OF ACCOMMODATION
  • Hotels
  • Duly legalized private tenant houses.

Accommodation in non-legalized houses is a violation of the Regulations for Foreign Students in Cuba.

If you need help, you must express it in your request and we will inform you of what is necessary, this orientation has no additional cost.
We have offers of hotels and family rental houses with private rooms and apartments with economic prices and excellent comfort that can be rented individually or with several students according to their affinity and capacity of the place.

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