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Merida Statue     Venezuela Bird     VENUSA Campus

The charming city of Merida is nestled at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, deep in the heart of the Venezuelan Andes. In the lush surrounding valley, grows sugar cane, bananas, palms, and a profusion of flowers. Merida exudes the colonial charm of an old Spanish town enhanced by the vigor of student activity from the University. Merida is the home of the world's longest and highest cable car ride which soars to almost 16,000 feet, known as "La Cuidad de los Caballeros." Merida offers you a chance to experience authentic Venezuelan lifestyles and culture in an area unspoiled by the onslaught of tourism. While abroad, you are enrolled at the VENUSA College, Educational Center of International Studies and Modern Languages in Merida, Venezuela with the goal of providing you with the first-hand knowledge of the social, political and economic realities of Latin America. The program is designed to bring fresh perspectives to career choices.

City, Country

Merida, Venezuela


Semester, Summer, Academic Year


Spring 2014

Arrival Date: 
January 20, 2014

Departure Date: 
May 2, 2014

Summer 2014 (NOTE: This session will not operate for Summer 2014)

Session I: May 26 - July 7, 2014

Session II: July 7 - August 18, 2014

Fall 2014

Arrival Date: August 18, 2014

Departure Date:
November 28, 2014


2.5 GPA, Must be second semester sophomore or higher

Application Deadline

Spring 2014 Admission: October 15, 2013

Fall 2014 Admission: April 15, 2014

Summer 2014 Admission: April 1, 2014 (NOTE: This session will not operate for Summer 2014)

Fall 2014 Admission: April 15, 2014

Please submit the following by the application deadline:

The Course Approval Form (due May 1st) is to be submitted by SUNY Cortland students only. Non-Cortland students must speak with their home campus study abroad office for information on the course approval process.

Non-Cortland students must return completed Judicial Review and Code of Conduct forms along with the SUNY application.

Travel Information

Participants will fly to Miami and board a group flight to Caracas. Upon arrival, participants will be met in the airport by representatives from VENUSA who will accompany the group to Merida.

Program Costs

Spring 2014 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

Summer 2014 Budget - 6 Credits **Tentative and Subject to Change** (NOTE: This session will not operate for Summer 2014)

Summer 2014 Budget - 8 Credits **Tentative and Subject to Change** (NOTE: This session will not operate for Summer 2014)

Fall 2013 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

Accepted students will receive an updated budget as a part of their acceptance packet.

Program Course Information

Ten Week Semester Option (12 credits):

The 10-week semester begins five weeks later than the 15-week semester and is more intense. Students take 3 hours of Spanish language in addition to two additional classes, Monday - Thursday. Beginning and intermediate level Spanish students take International Business and Cross Cultural Communications, taught in English, as the additional two classes. Advanced level students take a literature and Latin American Studies class, taught in Spanish, as the additional two classes.

Fifteen Week Semester Option (12-15 credits):

Students choosing the 15-week semester choose from a wide range of courses taught in Spanish. A limited number are offered in English. Classes are held Monday - Thursday. Human Service internships are available to students who are fluent in Spanish.

Summer Semester: 6 to 10 credits. The price of the program tuition will change depending on the courses you select when submitting your application. Please review the Course Selections to determine how many credit hours you would like to take. 


Host family

Student Mentors

Kerry O'Connor:
Erica Romero:

Check out this student's experience abroad! 

Host Website

VENUSA College

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