Discover your potential with an American university degree and an international education!
The Ave Maria University Latin American Campus, located in San Marcos, Nicaragua, is a Catholic institution of higher learning faithful to the teachings of the Church and rooted in the classical liberal arts. It is a branch campus of Ave Maria University, which derives its degree granting authority from the State of Florida. Our bachelor degree programs prepare students for meaningful professional careers and excellent graduate study opportunities in Latin America, the United States, Europe and other parts of the world.
Benefits of an Ave Maria University Latin American Campus education!
An American university degree: recognized throughout the world as an international standard of quality education, academic rigor and English language ability.
International education: in a multinational and multicultural environment to prepare students for success in today’s globalized society. Students, faculty and staff from across the continent and elsewhere bring a wealth of experience and diversity which enriches the community and gives students an invaluable international perspective.
Outstanding professors: who meet strict credential requirements and hold Ph.D.s and Masters degrees. Several of our faculty members have taught and studied in some of the finest American and international universities.
Safe country and small town environment: Nicaragua is one of the safest countries in Latin America and San Marcos is one of the safest places in country. With just over 30,000 inhabitants, the traditional city with its church and park in the center is welcoming and unintimidating. Its unhurried pace is compatible with a demanding educational experience.
Dynamic Catholic spirituality: is bolstered by a strong Student Life program, including “Household” share groups, Masses, Eucharistic adoration, prayer meetings, outreach and other faith based activities.
Beaches and tropical beauty: the closest beaches are less than an hour from campus and most of the beaches on Nicaragua’s 200 mile (320 kilometer) long Pacific coast are within two hours of the campus. Nicaragua is a country of stunning natural beauty with amazing biodiversity, lakes, volcanoes, island paradises, mountains and unforgettable scenery.
Financial Aid: Federal Student Aid (Pell Grants, Stafford Loans and Parent Loans) is available for citizens and residents who can qualify for up to the Cost of Attendance. International students (non-U.S. citizens or residents) can apply for tuition assistance through merit scholarships and need based grants. More than 80% of students receive financial aid!
Successful Graduates: You won’t be the first! Graduates succeed rapidly in their careers in Latin America, the United States, Europe and other parts of the world and in graduate study. They are assisted by the Career Center in their preparation and searches for meaningful opportunities during their studies when they graduate and afterwards.
Highly Competitive Costs: Tuition is less than half of the national average of private American universities and the overall cost is basically the same as the national average of estimated costs to attend state colleges and public institutions in the U.S. living expenses in Nicaragua are less than half of those at U.S. colleges with the lowest costs of living and up to several times less expensive than those in the most expensive U.S. cities.
Personalized Education: Ave Maria has a caring faculty with average cla