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A Guide to 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, for those who study abroad in Venezuela, they will receive an amazing immersion experience in a fascinating country when they take Spanish classes.

Where to Study Abroad in Venezuela

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. We scouted all corners to bring you the best places to study abroad in Venezuela. 

Margarita Island is situated in the Caribbean Sea off the northeastern coast of Venezuela. This tropical hotspot attracts a plethora of visitors looking to relax on one of its stunning beaches. The handful of cities on the island offer students the chance to shop their hearts out, appreciate gothic-styled churches, windsurf and kitesurf, and ogle at Las Tetas de Maria Guevara, which are twin mountains. 

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 UNESCO site in 2000.

Costs of Studying in Venezuela

The fluctuating economy and high inflation rates make it difficult to assess the cost in Venezuela. Lately, food has been high for the locals, but some things are incredibly cheap. However, your program fee will cover the cost of tuition, housing, support, and meals in most cases. The fee also varies depending the program, placement, and the duration. Many scholarships are available to help cover the costs, and you could also request help from family and friends via FundMyTravel.

Student Housing in Venezuela

Nearly every studying abroad program in Venezuela revolves around learning Spanish, so homestay placements are the norm. You’ll want to take advantage of this opportunity to pick up Spanish faster with a host family! Not to mention it’s a cost-effect solution to saving on room and board, and you’ll be immersing yourself in the Venezuelan culture at a more interpersonal level as you learn the customs, traditions, and cuisines of the country from the family as well.

Visas for Venezuela

The visa requirements depend on your citizenship, but you will need to apply for a student visa to study abroad in Venezuela. The documents required involve a passport, travel arrangement proof, financial funds proof, a letter of admission, an application form, a fee, and photos. Your study abroad coordinator is usually happy to help with the process, and GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory can assist as well.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

Many courses include excursions for those who want to explore Venezuela’s great outdoors, from visiting Angel Falls to spelunking in deep caves. Some students could receive Spanish lessons near the Venezuelan Andes or the beaches of Playa Colorada

Venezuela has been undergoing political and economic crises, and some areas are not safe. You will need to exercise caution with your belongings and carry a passport for identification purposes. 

However, no matter what Venezuela 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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Spanish Language Course and Immersion on Margarita Island

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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The Gilman International Scholarship Program & Boren Awards

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.