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Education System Overview

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 1,058 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in Cuba.


Pre-high school (# of years): Elementary school: 7 years; Middle school: 3 years 

High school (# of years): 3 years

Academic year: September – July

Major school holidays/break: July and August (Summer Break)

Major exam period(s): December – January and May – June 

Secondary Education (high school)

Language of instruction: Spanish

Years of mandatory English courses: 3 years

Grading system and interpretation: 1-100 scale

Subjects required: 15 subjects

Graduation requirements: Minimum 60 points in each subject and a minimum GPA of 60

Name of school leaving exams: None

How to verify school leaving exams: School records

Standardized test availability in-country and adviser recommendations: IELTS and SAT 


Structure of the University System

Years of study required to earn a bachelor's degree: 5 years 

The language of instruction in universities: Spanish

Years of required English instruction in universities: 5 years

Grading system and interpretation: 1 – 5 scale

Degrees offered: BS, BA, Masters and Doctorate

Standardized test availability/frequency offered in-country: IELTS is offered once a month at one location in Havana.