• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.5 cumulative GPA; 3.0 GPA Spanish language course work
• If Spanish 204 (4th semester) is not completed prior to program, student must select from UMN Venezuela courses 1001-1004. If Spanish 204 (4th semester) is completed prior to program, student can take UMN Venezuela course SPAN 3015 or 3022 in core courses and/or concurrently with 3015 the provisional course 3104.  To take provisional courses, students need to have completed Spanish 226 and/or Spanish 311.
• UW-Madison degree-seeking students only. Other students apply directly to the University of Minnesota.


Spanish language; Latin American studies; international business; natural sciences

Classroom Language

Spanish, English


Host Family

Program Duration

Academic year: mid August-early May
Fall semester:mid August-late November
Spring semester: mid January-early May
Summer sessions: mid May-late June or late June-mid August
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Venezuela, Merida

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If you're interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Venezuelan and Latin American culture, and you want to improve your Spanish, then study abroad in Merida. This unique program located in Venezuela, offered through the University of Minnesota, provides you the opportunity to study at the VENUSA college of International Studies and Modern Languages, a language and culture study center specializing in English for Venezuelan students and Spanish studies for US students.

Merida is a city of approximately 300,000 people built on a plateau at the base of the Andes Mountains. Merida is only eight degrees north of the equator and its tropical climate is moderated by its high elevation. Temperatures average around 70 degrees year-round. Merida offers many cultural events for you to enjoy - museums, poetry readings and art shows as well as being a center for bullfights. 

In Merida, you can begin Spanish language study or increase your current skills. You will have opportunities to develop your language proficiency through homestays and interacting with Venezuelan students who are studying English at VENUSA. Excursions and social events planned by VENUSA will help you strengthen your Spanish, learn about Venezuelan culture, and experience one of South America’s most beautiful countries.