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Welcome to IESA!

We are truly glad to welcome you here. If you are a student of a business school, you might have the opportunity to take an exchange term with us and to be part of an unforgettable experience. We are a top business school in Latin America and the number one in Venezuela. Here you will build new business networks, obtain new skills and learn about this exciting culture, among a lot of other things that can help to build your future.

"Of the 13,670 schools offering business degree programs worldwide, only 68 have triple accreditation". IESA is one of them.

This is a video where students from France, Belgium, Mexico, Switzerland and Finland talk about how was their experience here, at this top institute called IESA.


Campus Location 

Av. IESA, Edif. IESA, San Bernardino
Postal Code: 1010, Caracas, Venezuela

Facilities and Services

Student Services/Servicios Estudiantiles
  • Located on the 2nd floor, main building. 
  • Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Located on 2nd floor, main building. Please check in at reception to receive personal I.D. card.
  • Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Located on 1st floor, main building. Stock of basic supplies as well as IESA's publications. 
  • Monday to Friday, 12:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Computer Labs/Salas de Computación
  • Located on 2nd floor of the main building. Rooms DAO and IBM. 
  • Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m - 9:30 p.m. Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
ATM Machine/Cajero Automático
  • Located on 1st floor of the main building (between the cafeteria and Módulo Gerencial building).
  • Located on the 1st floor, Main building.
  • IESA's cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day. The average price of a lunch meal is Bs 1.500,00.


The IESA is very much aware that effective leadership in today's business world requires attention to increasingly complex issues, stemming from the organization's internal and external environment, as well as to issues posed by modern conceptions of business and leadership. With the best teachers in the country, IESA offers internships, free workshops and many opportunities while you are studying, with an academic offer of excellent postgraduate and executive training courses based on a teaching philosophy where the student is the focus of the learning process. 



The methodology of the courses varies from one professor to the other. In general, they work with things like presentation of theory and practice (by the teacher and special guests), class discussion of reading assignments, case discussions, role-plays, and individual and group projects, among others. Things like student participation in class can be take into consideration for the final grade.

Full-time workload 

Regular workload per quarter is four courses. Exchange students may take courses with Full Time MBA students for 5 weeks or at evening with Part Time MBA students for 10 weeks.

Grading scale at IESA 

S: 5     S-: 4.66     B+: 4.33     B: 4     B-: 3.66     A+: 3.33     A: 3     A-: 2.66     R: 2 failing grade

Language of Instruction

There is no language requirement beyond good communication skills in Spanish. Courses at IESA are taught in Spanish, with some reading materials in English. Exchange students have the option to take their written exams, and other forms of assessment, in English.

Academic requirements for Exchange Students

Undergrad and Graduate level.


  • Quarter system (Registration: Upon arrival)

Quarter 1: January - March

Quarter 2: April - June

Quarter 3: July - September

Quarter 4: October - December

Summer programs or short-term programs

We offer customized short programs any time of the year to interested schools. 


You can apply for internships, but the final decision is on the company requiring interns.

Preparation Steps

  • Ask for information about IESA at your home school.
  • Access IESA’s exchange website and Fan Page on Facebook and explore all aspects related to the exchange process.
  • Inform your school about your interest about IESA. 
  • Receive information and get in touch with the Students Services Office to pose all your questions and requirements.
  • Receive the acceptance letter from IESA.
  • Travel arrangements: If students wish to be picked up at the airport, send the itinerary to our e-mail: at least two weeks before arrival. Cost: US$ 35.00-40.00. Most convenient time to arrive: between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on a weekday.
  • Visa: Once you have been admitted to the exchange program and the partner institution notifies IESA, the Students Services Office will send a request through the Venezuelan Consulate nearest to your residence. You will be notified once the visa is approved. You need to secure the visa, passport in hand, at the specific consulate. 
  • Assistance for lodging: receive suggestions about where to stay, options according to your preferences.
  • Receive your personal login and password to access e-mail and other online services.

Once you are at IESA

  • Right from your arrival, present  yourself at the Students Services Office to start your experience at IESA and to comply with some formal processes, such as courses selection and registration.
  • Get to know the campus with the school walking tour to get familiar with facilities and services.
  • IESA will offer you the opportunity to talk about your school to local students that might be interested in participate.
  • "Tell me more about your experience": While studying at IESA, you will have the opportunity to participate in institutional activities. Some of them are testimonials, reports, participation in “Let's talk…” events and even become an IESA’s ambassador.

Saying farewell to IESA

  • You will be taken to the airport by a representative from the Students Services Office or by a volunteer local student.
  • IESA’s Students Services Office will send the official grades transcripts to the corresponding unit in the student’s school.
  • You will remain part of IESA with access to the community, as other exchange and local students, faculty, employees, and others. Also you could receive bulletins and communications issued by the school.


Officially República Bolivariana de Venezuela, is a federal republic located on the northern coast of South America. Has its boarders with Colombia on the west, Brazil on the south, Guyana on the east, and the islands of Trinidad and Tobago to the northeast. Venezuela's territory covers around 916,445 km(353,841 sq mi) with an estimated population around 33,221,865. 

Venezuela is considered a state with extremely high biodiversity (currently ranks 7th in the world's list of nations with the most number of species), with habitats ranging from the Andes Mountains in the west to the Amazon Basin rain-forest in the south, via extensive llanos plains and Caribbean coast in the center and the Orinoco River Delta in the east. That makes it the perfect place to explore, travel and learning about things that are quite difficult to repeat in other places.


Caracas is a city of contrasts. Even at first sight, striking differences are obvious, with skyscrapers wrapped in reflective glass towering over colonial structures with tile roofs in the city's center. Haphazardly constructed, slum-like ranchos climb up the hillsides and serve as a backdrop, along with the impressive mountains of El Ávila, for the beautiful, but chaotic city.


Metro and Metro Bus
Monday to Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The Metro system is interlinked with a network of MetroBuses whose fleet of smart vehicles serves the outlying areas. A flat-fare covers both the bus and Metro ride. Tickets can be purchased at ticket boots in any of the system's well-marked stations.
Ticket Simple: All stations, one way trip - Bs. 4.
Ticket Single and Return: All stations coming and goind, regardless of the distance – Bs. 8.
Ticket Multiabono: 10 one way trips, regardless of the distance – Bs. 36.
TicketMultiabono Integrado Urbano: 10 one way trips on Metro and 10 one way trips on MetroBus - Bs. 54.
Prices vary depending on, where do you take it, what is the line and at what time of the day you are. 

Housing Costs

Approx. US$ 400 – US$ 1900 per month.
US$ 400 – US$ 800 rooms with Venezuelan family. 
US$ 900 – US$ 1900 apartments.

The best way to know more about the experience, is asking people who lived it!

"I loved my exchange experience at the IESA for everything I learnt about the socio-economic situation of Venezuela and because of people I met, which gave great value to my personal growth. This is going to be one of the experiences that I´m not going to forget in my life. I hope to come back soon to the country.” Elena Elia, Universita Bocconi, Italy.


"La experiencia que he tenido en el IESA ha sido muy agradable, la gente de administración es muy atenta con nosotros, los profesores siempre se han preocupado porque entendamos al 100% la clase, nos preguntan cómo nos ha ido.  La verdad es que el nivel de la escuela y de los profesores ha sido excelente. Hemos tenido la oportunidad de cursar materias en todas las maestrías que tiene el IESA y de conocer personas de otras maestrías y no sólo al mismo grupo del primer año." Rodrigo Martínez, México.


"De mi experiencia en el IESA también me gustó conocer Venezuela. Las playas me parecieron muy bonitas. Hay una que se llama Chirimena que me gustó mucho. La experiencia en clases fue muy buena y la calidad de los profesores excelente." Xavier, de Bélgica


“Sincerely I can say that I fell in love of Venezuela… and, despite the complexity of the current situation, I always felt good here, thanks to welcoming, warm and happy people to interact and share with me.” Manon De Horta, KEDGE Business School, France. 

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