Study Abroad in Venezuela

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Studying Abroad in Venezuela

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5 Study Abroad Programs in Venezuela

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Travel and study in Venezuela while enjoying the astonishing beauty and culture with the help of the University of Minnesota. Live in Merida for a summer, a semester, or a full academic year while taking classes and developing language skills. Students worldwide can choose between courses like Botany, International Relations, and Political Science.

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Spanish Abroad, Inc. offers Spanish Language Studies in Venezuela. World-renowned for Spanish training. Spanish Abroad, Inc. lets students acquire language skills effectively and in a shorter time-span. Students benefit from a wide range of specialized courses offered.

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Study abroad in Merida or Playa Colorada, Venezuela with Jakera Adventure Venezuela. Students of any nationality, who are at least 18 years old, can gain a deeper understanding of the local culture and develop Spanish fluency, during this Travelling Classroom program. Participants can choose to join the program for a short as one week or as long as six months.

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Enroll in a Spanish language course at a school in the beautiful residential area of Playa El Angel on Margarita Island, Venezuela. Language courses start on Monday and finish on Friday. Students will attend 25 group lessons per week and receive learning materials and instructional documents as the course progresses. Program participants in this language and immersion course will be studying an...

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Gilman International Scholarships and Boren Awards offer financial aid to American students who want to study abroad in Venezuela. Applicants must have a good academic standing and be of limited financial means. Boren Award recipients are encouraged to stay for longer than six months and extensively get to know the language and culture.

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Studying Abroad in Venezuela

Venezuela is a picture of diversity, from its varying climate to the racial mix that makes the country a veritable melting pot of humanity and culture. For many, Venezuela’s tropical location, rich history, and central location make it a natural place to study abroad. In Venezuela, Spanish is the primary language, with indigenous dialects also spoken and English a minority language (but one in great demand). Therefore, Spanish language students in Venezuela get an amazing immersion experience in a fascinating country.

Geography & Demographics

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (yes, that is what the country is officially called) is in South America, bordered in the north by the Caribbean Sea, in the east by Guyana and Suriname, in the south by the Amazon Basin, and in the west by Colombia. Like other countries in Central and South America, Venezuela is a former colony of Spain, so expect its influence in different facets of life in Venezuela, from the language, choice of names, and mode of governance to architecture, food and religion.

Studying in Venezuela

Although there are a good number of programs with a variety of courses for study abroad in Venezuela, Spanish courses receive the most international participants. The World’s Best Language Schools offers great Spanish programs year-round at its Venezuela campuses in Playa Colorada and Merida. What makes the experience better is the school’s proximity to spectacular beaches and beautiful natural landscapes. The courses include excursions for those who want to explore Venezuela’s great outdoors, from spelunking in deep caves to kayaking or canoeing in the Orinoco River.

Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, is a bustling city full of skyscrapers, restaurants, shops, museums, libraries and universities. The venerable Universidad Central de Venezuela, or Central University of Venezuela, was designed by world-renowned architect Carlos Raul Villanueva. It was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2000.

Jakera, an adventure travel organization, offers a terrific mix of academic and extracurricular pursuits through its traveling classroom. If learning Spanish on the go while diving into adventure is to your liking, this may be your ticket to a meaningful study abroad trip to Venezuela. 

Jakera offers three types of Spanish language programs. The first involves the traveling classroom concept, where students explore lush jungles and snow-capped peaks, while learning Spanish through interaction inside and outside the class. The second is a marriage between a study-abroad program and a volunteer program, where students go through an intensive Spanish course for a week and then thrust into the world of volunteering in Venezuela. The traditional classroom setting, with a few perks like beach excursions, is the focus of the third course. Program participants receive structured lessons in Spanish either in the foothills of the Venezuelan Andes or the beaches of Playa Colorada in the Mochima National Park.

The University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center has its own study abroad program in Venezuela that focuses on making students learn Spanish through interaction with the locals in homestays and social gatherings. The program has trip highlights designed to please the participants’ desire to explore. Students get a tour of the city of Merida and a two-day trip to nearby mountain lakes and national parks.

No matter what study abroad program you choose, one thing’s for certain: in Venezuela, you don't need to look for adventure; adventure finds you!

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