Universidad de los Andes - ULA • Mérida, Venezuela
Universidad de Los Andes – ULA is one of the oldest higher education establishments in Venezuela. It is actually the second-oldest university in the country. The University of the Andes, as it is called in English, is based in the beautiful city of Mérida. It is the largest public university in Venezuela and has one of the largest student bodies in the country. The popular schools offers undergraduate programmes in a wide range of fields, including the arts, sciences, literature, and humanities. It also delivers various courses, degrees and postgraduate education. Universidad de Los Andes has many different faculties that are dedicated to a specific field of studies. The Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Science, Faculty of Judicial and Political Sciences, Faculty de Pharmacy and Bioanalysis, Faculty of Humanities and Education, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, as well as the Faculty of Dentistry. Prospective students should know that it is not easy to get into ULA. The admission requirements are strict as ULA is very competitive. The university is consistently ranked among the top 3 universities in Venezuela. It was ranked 37th out all the Latin American universities (there are 437 of them) by the Ranking Iberoamericano de Instituciones de Investigacion in 2009. The employability of Universidad de Los Andes graduates is very high, as they are well-rounded individuals with the necessary means to become successful in their chosen careers. The school is committed to providing an excellent learning environment, it therefore offers numerous sport clubs and varsity athletic teams in sports, such as soccer, fencing, gymnastics, basketball, tennis, swimming, etc. ULA also has performing art groups- ballet, theatre ensembles and choral groups. The school encourages students to take part in internship and exchange programmes, so that they are able to gain valuable real-life work experience in Venezuela or abroad.