Tipos de Instituciones de Educación Superior:

  • Universidad Pública

  • Universidad Privada

  • Universidad Tecnológica

  • Instituto


School leaving and higher education credentials:

  • Bachillerato

  • Maestro Normal

  • Técnico

  • Certificado de Estudios Superiores

  • Profesorado

  • Licenciatura

  • Professional Title

  • Doctor

  • Especialista

  • Maestría

Educación Colegial:

Primary school lasts for six years and is compulsory. In secondary education, two systems are in operation. The traditional system comprises a six-year cycle  divided into a two-year intermediate cycle and a four-year second cycle. On completion of the first two years, students obtain the Certificado de Suficiencia en los Estudios Intermedios. During the second cycle, students follow an academic, technical-vocational or teacher-training track. During the last year, students can choose to specialize. On completion of this cycle, students are awarded the Bachillerato in their specialization. In the reform system, studies last for six years, divided into two cycles. The first cycle (Ciclo Básico) is a four-year cycle with an emphasis on science. The second cycle (Ciclo Superior) lasts for two years and offers a greater choice of specializations than the traditional system. On completion, students are awarded the Bachillerato en Ciencias y Letras. Technical secondary is available in both systems via a Bachillerato in a technical area. Students are awarded the title of Perito on completion of their studies.

Educacion Superior:

Higher education is provided by universities and other institutions of higher education. The Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo is the only state university. The others are private. All institutions must be authorized by the President of the Republic. The Consejo Nacional de Educación Superior was created to supervise the enforcement of the regulations in the field of higher education and provide technical assistance to higher education institutions and advisory services to the executive power.

Fases de estudios:

Non-university level post-secondary studies (technical/vocational type):

Non-university level:

Higher technical education is provided by technological institutes and some universities which offer intermediate programmes which are shorter than normal first degrees, and which are designed to prepare students for specific careers in the vocational/technical areas. Courses usually last for two to three years and lead to the title of Técnico superior.

University level studies:

University level first stage: Licenciatura:

Courses usually last for four years and lead to the Licenciatura. Courses in fields such as Engineering and Architecture take five to six years and lead to a professional title.

University level second stage: Especialista, Maestría, Doctor:

Studies last between one and three years following upon the Licenciatura and lead to the title and/or degree of Especialista or Maestría. The only Doctorados conferred are professional qualifications in Law, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry. Studies last for approximately six years and lead to the title of Doctor.

Educación Pedagógica:

Entrenamiento de pre-primaria y primaria/profesores de escuelas de base

Primary school teachers are trained at secondary level as one of the options in the secondary education sector. Schools offer a two-year programme following completion of grade 10 and accept students from both the traditional and the reform systems. Courses lead to the title of Maestro Normal.

Entrenamiento de Profesores para colegios de secundaria

Two types of training are offered: a two- to three-year programme leading to the intermediate degree of Técnico, Profesor or a Certificado de Estudios Superiores, preparing teachers for lower secondary level, and a four-year Licenciado in Education for upper secondary education.


Administración & coordinación:

Autoridades Responsables:

State Secretariat for Higher Education, Science and Technology (Secretaría de Estado de Educación superior, Ciencia y Tecnología)
Ave. Enrique Jiménez Moya Esq. Juan de Dios Ventura Simó, 5to. Piso,
Centro de los Héroes
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic
Tel: +1809 533-3381
Fax: +1809 535-4694
Web: www.see.gov.do

Consejo Nacional de Educación Superior (CONES)
Avenida Enrique Jiménez Moya, Esq. Juan de Dios Ventura Simó, 5to Piso, 
Centro de los Héroes
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic
Tel: +1809 533-3381|
Fax: +1809 533-4694
WWW: http://www.cones.gov.do
Role of governing body: Supervises the enforcement of regulations in the field of higher education, offers assistance to higher education institutions and advises the executive power.

Asociación Dominicana de Rectores de Universidades
C/Sánchez #158, Primera Planta, Zona Colonial
Calle Luperón Esq. Hostos, Ciudad Colonial
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic
Tel: +1809 689-0003
Fax: +1809 589-4931
Role of governing body: Encourages inter-university relations to promote academic activities, research and lifelong education, and exchanges with national and international bodies.


Admission to non university higher education studies
Name of secondary school credential required: Bachillerato

Admission to university-level studies
Name of secondary school credential required: Bachillerato

Foreign students admission
Quotas: 33%

Admission requirements: Students must hold the Bachillerato, pass an Examen de Admisión, and hold a copy of their academic record, together with a certification by their home university.
Entry regulations: Foreign students must possess a student visa or a residence permit, according to their nationality. A good command of Spanish is necessary.
Health requirements: Foreign students must hold a health certificate
Language requirements: Students must have a good command of Spanish.

Recognition of studies & qualifications:

Studies pursued in foreign countries (bodies dealing with recognition of foreign credentials):

Consejo Nacional de Educación Superior
Avenida Jiménez Moya Esq. Juan de Dios Ventura Simó, 5ta Planta,
Centro de los Heroes
Santo Domingo
Republica Dominicana
Tel: +1809 553-3381
Fax: +1809 535-4694
WWW: http://www.cones.gov.do


Usual grading system in secondary school

Full Description: A=90-100 Excelente; B=80-89 Muy Bueno; C=70-79 Bueno; D=0-69 Deficiente
Highest on scale:  A 100
Lowest on scale: D 0

Main grading system used by higher education institutions
Full Description: 0-100%
Highest on scale: 100%
Pass/fail level: 70%
Lowest on scale: 0%

Other main grading systems

A-D: A = 4; B = 3; C = 2; D = 1; F = 0


Fuente: Consejo Nacional de Educación superior & la Secretaria de Estado de Educación.



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