How US students can get a free medical education in Cuba


The Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana has full scholarships for US students who want to study medicine. This is a six-year medical school meaning that a bachelor’s degree is not required.

Applicants must:

  • Be US citizens
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 at the time of registration
  • Be physically and mentally fit
  • Come from the humblest and neediest communities in the US
  • Be committed to practice medicine in poor and under served US communities after graduation

This program is administered by Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO/Pastors for Peace) and full details can be found on their website.

For a description of the program written by two US students, see our posting: Studying Medicine in Cuba: The experience of two US students

– posted by Matt Anderson

[This posting was updated on July 21, 2008]

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25 Responses to “How US students can get a free medical education in Cuba”

  1. 1LaSylvia Handy

    im really interested in getting help with medical school i started my premed education 13 years ago but i nor my single mother could afford for me to attend any longer i am very interested in this program

  2. 2Sylvia Delagarza

    I would like to study nursing in Cuba. I am a quick learner, and I do have a PH.D in Education. I’ve always wanted to go to Nursing School. I speak Spanish fluently and could serve Hispanic clients.

    Sylvia Delagarza

  3. 3Muna

    What are the costs for someone who is wiling to pay for themselves in order to study in Cuba?
    1. Us citizen
    2. Studied one year of clinical medicine in Jillin University at China
    3. want to know if that year is transferable

  4. 4osei da-costa

    l wont to get your aid to study medicine in cuba.l am a brilliant but needy student who completed senior high school in 2011.But being ambitious of becoming a medical doctor in future ,l humbly plead with your institution to grant me scholarship to study medicine in cuba.l hope this petition is going to be accepted.Thank no.+233247685949

  5. 5Samuel

    How can i,a ghanaian also get advantage of this to study medicine in cuba?

  6. 6smuhammad

    need to know how to get started with an application

  7. 7Matthew Anderson

    Here is the contact information for the Cuban Embassy in Ghana:


    How can I also get a scholaship to study medicine in Cuba? Am a Ghanaian.

  9. 9vuyolwethu

    hallo there i am from south africa and doing my 12th grade in high school
    i am very much interested in the Cuban medical scholarship but i cant seem to get much information on how to get it or apply for one. im really interested in the idea of studdying abroad and if anyone could help me with this dilemma ive got please feel to contact me and assist me on responding to this email address

  10. 10samuel c.a

    If you need information about Cuba study visa especially medical studies contact Mr Anthony Camiro on 08064485894 the Cubana embassy in Nigeria just got a new ambassador and the vise fees have been increased to 80usd.

  11. 11Lisa

    Hi there..I was wondering if these scholarships are offered to Canadains as well..

  12. 12Janice Frazier

    I am a 44 year-old Africian American. Can I still apply and get free education.

  13. 13bettie

    l want to do medicine

  14. 14bronxdoc

    Dear Amaka Anyaeche. If you live outside of the US, please contact your local Cuban embassy or consulate. If you live in the US, please contact Pastors for Peace. Their website is: and the phone number is: 212-926-5757. Best, Matt Anderson

  15. 15amaka anyaeche

    how can i get cube visa for my daughter that wants to study medicine?thank you

  16. 16Milagros Villamil Esq.

    Noone has ro be a cuban cit..all one has to do is apply and qualify..i am a grad of the Cuban Univ system as well as the US..go to or call 212-926-5757. However if you are from another country u will need proper entry visas from your Gov, once that is taken care of pastors for peace takes care of all else..

  17. 17bronxdoc

    Dear John David,

    Thanks for your inquiry. There are no free medical schools in the US (although some of us think there should be).

    This posting is about a program for US students to study medicine under scholarship from the Cuban government in Cuba. If you are interested in this Cuban program, I would suggest you contact the Cuban mission in South Africa.

    Best regards, Matt Anderson


    am a student in University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Am offering Bsc. Human BIology. I want to no if i can get admission into any of your medical school for free or not and if yes what are the requirement that i should meet, since am not U.S. student. am also if you can send me news items of your medical schools day by day

  19. 19bronxdoc

    I would suggest you contact the Cuban Embassy in Ghana. Best regards, Matt Anderson

  20. 20Richmond

    How can a student from Ghana get free medical education in cuba

  21. 21bronxdoc

    Rebecca, Contact Pastors for Peace to find out the answer. Their phone number is: 212-926-5757.

  22. 22rebecca desir

    if you are not a citizen but a resident can you apply

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