High level education and an attractive destination
Cuba is a large Caribbean island nation under communist rule. It is famous for its sandy beaches and rolling mountains. Havana is an attractive and colourful capital complete with its fair share of rum, cigars and dance clubs. Cuba is known for being highly ranked by the United Nations in human development, as well as in health and education.
The climate in Cuba is tropical, with warm winds that blow all year round. The temperature is also shaped by the Caribbean current, which brings in warm water from the equator. This makes the climate of Cuba even warmer than in Hong Kong, which is at around the same latitude as Cuba, yet has a subtropical climate instead of a tropical climate.
There is plenty of fresh air and breezes to take in, and because of the good conditions for living, the life expectancy in Cuba is 78 years. Cuba is highly ranked in its number of medical personnel and has made significant contributions to the progression of world health since the 19th century. Today, Cuba has a universal health care system, and although shortages of medical supplies persist, there is no shortage of medical personnel.
After the 1959 revolution, the government has offered free education in various spheres. Cuba’s education has been run properly since 1961. The education system is 100 % subsidised by the government. The education system in Cuba usually leaves people impressed by its level, because even though Cuba is firstly known as a place for tourists, it is still on a very high level education-wise. Cuba today continues to place a great emphasis on education, with the hopes of raising its economic standards in the future.
Before students are allowed to take their entrance exams, they must be approved by the Committee for the Defence of the Revolution. Being approved or disapproved depends on the political standing of the student. Students with suitable political standings in relation to their Communist beliefs receive a letter of approval to take to their college entrance exams. Students with an “unsuitable” political standing may find themselves “blacklisted” from furthering their education. There is also the possibility of distance education for a professional career. The catch is, you should be 25–35 years old, have a secondary education and at least one year of working experience to apply.
Top 3 reasons to study in Cuba:
- It is a very unique experience in itself to study in Cuba.
- Sunny weather and turquoise water on sandy beaches.
- People from abroad are always warmly welcomed by the Cuban people.
Did you know this about Cuba?
- The education system is 100 % subsidised by the government, meaning that Cuban students at all levels can attend school for free. The Cuban government has been investing a substantial sum of its budget into education for many years.
- Cuba is the largest of all the islands of the Caribbean. The country also includes more than 4000 other (much smaller) islands and cays.
- Sugar from sugar cane is the main crop grown in Cuba, followed by tobacco which is used for the making of hand-crafted cigars, that are especially famous for being the finest cigars in the world.