VENUSA was founded in 1987
by individuals who felt that a greater contact and understanding
was necessary between North and South America. At its
inception, VENUSA was established as a private institute dedicated
to international studies and modern languages, and over the
years has grown to satisfy a wide variety of interests.
VENUSA is located in the beautiful city of Mérida, nestled
in the heart of the Venezuelan Andes. Though its student
body has grown dramatically over the years, VENUSA’s
goal remains what it has always been: the promotion of
greater international understanding through education, and
the development of interpersonal relationships between its
students, both Venezuelan and North American.
VENUSA’s core curriculum includes Spanish and English,
as well as Latin American Studies to include history, social
sciences, life sciences, and economics. One of the ways
in which VENUSA seeks to provide total immersion in the culture
and language is by having participants live with local families. A
special asset of immense value to the intercultural experience
is that VENUSA also operates as an institute teaching English
as a second language. Its students provide a ready-made group
of Venezuelans eager to interact with North Americans. VENUSA
takes full advantage of this by arranging conversation exchanges,
social events, debates, and cultural activities.
The VENUSA experience will help students develop and improve
their Spanish skills, learn about the Venezuelan culture, and
strengthen the bonds of friendship and understanding between
cultures. Participants will also gain knowledge and
experience in international relations, which will help them
confront the challenges of a vast world.
STUDY ABROAD IS A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE
Time spent overseas opens a window to a world
of new experiences and challenges old preconceptions. International
study brings fresh perspectives to career choices, politics,
economics and human relationships. Study abroad will
show students how interdependent our world is, teaching first-hand
the necessary skills for cross-cultural communication.
VENUSA is registered and accredited by the
Ministry of Education of Venezuela.