Home to the world’s highest waterfall and the second longest river in South America, Venezuela is a beautiful place to live and a gem of a location to study abroad. More than 40% its natural territory is covered by protected areas and Venezuela is considered to be one of the most ecologically diverse countries on the planet.
Adventurous students are left thrilled by the National Parks, pristine beaches, spectacular wildlife, and the urban jungle. Whether you are looking to study abroad in a cosmopolitan and modern city, or if you would rather stay in a charming university town in the Andes Mountain, Venezuela will not disappoint with its range and beauty.Photo Credit: ferjflores.
The center for outdoor activities in Venezuela, Merida is a cozy university town with easily navigable roads and bus terminals. Study abroad students appreciate Merida for its comfortable university living and it's convenient location to all the adventures that Venezuela offers.
Living in Merida means easy access to the Teleferico, the world’s longest and highest cablecar. Mountaineering students will be thrilled to climb the Pico Bolivar or the Pico Humboldt, as well as many other outdoor activities. Students will have the opportunity to experience mountain-biking, paragliding, white-water rafting, and canyoning.
Caracas is the capital and the largest city in Venezuela, located right near the Caribbean. Understanding Caracas is integral to understanding the urban spirit of Venezuela. This city is an exciting place to explore, with fascinating art, delicious food, and a bustling nightlife.
Located in a beautiful valley, and overlooked by Mount Avila, Caracas is a cosmopolitan city that is highly admired for its fine cuisine of multiple countries and cultures. Visit plazas, beautiful museums, the Universidad Central de Venezuela, or even go paragliding off Mount Avila!
The typical “spring break getaway” in Venezuela, Puerto La Cruz is located right along the beautiful beach. The city is filled with young people enjoying themselves and meeting new friends.
At night, the town becomes a very busy place for locals to socialize while artisans and merchants try to sell their goods on the street. The food here is authentic and delicious, and students should try fresh fruit juice!
How to Choose a Program
Studying abroad in Venezuela is perfect for those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Venezuelan and Latin American culture, as well as students wishing to improve their Spanish skills.
For example, Merida is very much a college town, and the 35,000 university students account for over ¼ of the city’s population, filling the city streets and creating a vibrant, youthful atmosphere.
- Academic: Academics include taking excursions and tours in the city, as well as two-day trips to nearby mountains, lakes, national parks, theme parks, or other local sites of interest that are included in the program. Students will also arrange independent trips over the long weekend, to become better acquainted with the country of Venezuela. Common activities include paragliding in the Andes mountains, fishing, horseback riding with the locals of Los Llanos, canyoning, swimming, visiting islands in the Caribbean, and lots of hiking!
- Language: Spanish and English are both used as classroom languages. Study abroad students have the option either to begin Spanish language study or to increase their current skills. Here are some great Spanish language schools in Venezuela.
Students have opportunities to develop language proficiency through homestays and also by interacting with Venezuelan students who are studying English. Take advantage of your opportunity!
Different excursions and social events planned by the programs and colleges will help strengthen Spanish skills, learn about Venezuelan culture, and experience one of South America’s most beautiful countries!
- Housing: Many Venezuelan study abroad programs have the students live with host families, who provide housing and most meals. This also offers students the chance to be more thoroughly connected to the culture and social life of the country. Almost all the families have hosted program participants before and have been chosen because of their genuine interest in sharing Venezuelan life with visiting program participants.
Students should contact the Ukrainian embassy in their own country in order to apply for a student visa. Study abroad students will need a valid form of identification, passport, medical records, and a copy of the Certificate of Completed Higher Secondary Education. US citizens who stay in Ukraine for less than six months on a private, tourist, or business visa do not need to register with local authorities.
Social life and Student Culture
Students must make a point of visiting Angel Falls, known as the world’s grandest waterfall. Located deep in Canaima National Park, this hidden gem is buried deep in the unique Amazon ecosystem. If staying in the city, study abroad students have the opportunity to see theaters, malls, museums, art galleries, parks, and even well-conserved colonial architectures where they could learn more about the history of Venezuela and how it came to be the country it is today.
Margarita Island is one of the most popular places for students to visit on their travels. The crisp blue view of the Bahamas and breathtaking scenery keeps students coming back. There’s a fun nightlife and magnificent beaches to explore as well.
Don't let the cost of studying abroad deter you- many scholarships are available to help you make your dream of studying abroad into a reality. Be sure to check with your university for other funding opportunities!
- The Gilman Scholarship Program distributes additional scholarships to students receiving Pell Grants, and gives an average award of $4000. They have a preference for students with disabilities and students from ethnic minorities to increase diversity amongst study abroad students.
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