Information on foreign credential and recognition of studies made abroad.
Visa definitions and recognition of studies
Foreign students who follow postgraduate courses need a student visa and all the academic documents that certify previous studies, properly legalized by the corresponding national authorities, the Ministry of Foreign Relations and the Cuban consulate in the home country. If there is no Cuban consulate in that country, documents have to be legalized by the nearest Cuban diplomatic mission.
Credential recognition. A description is given on the procedure for the recognition of secondary education.
The governmental entity in charge of recognizing the degrees and diplomas from secondary education is the Ministry of Education (ME).
Homologation of degrees and diplomas and the acceptance of foreign senior high school studies with those corresponding to higher secondary education in Cuba
The high school administration must process each school year more than 4000 records of foreign students that continue their studies at our universities, as a part of the agreements we have with other countries, and the cooperation offered by our government, particularly to Third World countries.
The foreign or Cuban students that have completed their General Senior High School Education abroad and wish to continue Higher Education studies in our country must have approved the last grade of General Senior High School Education and must present the Degree, Diploma or Certificate awarded to them in that country after successfully completing this educational level.
In order to process the recognition or validation of a degree, diploma or document concerning studies abroad, these must be appropriately authenticated and legalized, both by the foreign party (teaching center, Ministry of Education, etc.), as well as by the Cuban party (Embassy, Consulate, etc.), and translated by an official institution.
For more information see: http://www.cubaeduca.rimed.cu
Recognition of foreign university degrees. Practicing a profession by foreigners in Cuba.
Those interested should visit the Legal Department of the Ministry of Higher Education. If they are interested in practicing their profession, they must demonstrate their condition as a permanent resident in Cuba or their work permit in the case of foreigners with a temporary residence.
These documents are sent to the Professional Training Administration to decide in case there is a need for clarification on the origin of the recognition expected. Afterwards, the Head of the Legal Department, when applicable, decides on their academic validity, and gives the authorization to practice the profession or to continue postgraduate studies. Then the corresponding information is recorded in the book used to register the validation of certificates and degrees, of which he/she is in charge.
The Legal Department of the Ministry of Higher Education of Cuba is the National Competent Body for the recognition and validation of higher education degrees or diplomas issued abroad.
Title: Legal Department, Ministry of Higher Education
Type of Institution: Governmental
Postal Address: Calle 23 esq. F, Vedado, Havana, Zip code 10400
Phone: (537) 838 2354
Director: Jorge Valdés Asán, Attorney
Team: 2 persons
Opening hours: from Monday to Friday, from 08:30 to 17:00
Functions: The Legal Department of the Ministry of Higher Education of Cuba is in charge of the procedures leading to the validation of studies, degrees and diplomas in higher education obtained abroad, and after a consultation process with specialists in the corresponding subjects, they are judged and sent to the Head of the Legal Department. This person is in charge of deciding on the proposal given, declaring the validity (or not) of the academic document, and deciding on its recognition, according to the legislation existing in the Republic of Cuba, and the Agreements of which it is part.
The Legal Department of the Ministry of Education is the Competent National Entity in charge of homologating the degrees of secondary and primary education, issued abroad.
Title: Legal Department, Ministry of Education
Type of Institution: Governmental
Postal address: Calle 17 esquina a O, Vedado. Plaza de la Revolución, Havana. Cuba.
Phone: (537) 832 3376
Legal Director: Tamara Marrero Martínez, Attorney
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 09:00 to 12:30 a.m.
Official Site: http://www.cubaeduca.rimed.cu