Study Abroad in Brazil

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and larger than the continental United States. Brazil is home to the world’s largest tropical rainforest – the Amazon – which possesses rare plants used for modern medicine and forests that cover more than 65% of its territory. Brazil also has one of the most diverse animal populations in the world.

The regions of Brazil can differ dramatically. In the southern region, you will see beautiful beaches and mountains similar to places in Europe. In the northeast, you will find beautiful palm trees and beaches with white sand, warm temperatures and warm seas all year around. In the mid-west region, you will find savannas similar to those in Africa.

The most famous of Brazilian cities is Rio de Janeiro with its iconic statue of Jesus on the hill – arms outstretched over the city. The capital of Brazil is Brasilia. Brazil has over 150 million people and the official language is Portuguese. There are no regional dialects although southerners may also speak Italian or German depending on their descent.

Brazilians are considered friendly, warm people and are welcoming to other nationalities. Brazil is a mixture of cultures, especially Native peoples, Africans and Europeans – mostly from Portugal, Spain, Italy and Germany.

brazil Brazil Flag Map

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Program Details

  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 19
  • No prior Portuguese language required
  • Intensive 10 hour Portuguese language course upon arrival
  • Placed with volunteer host family

Dates

  • 10, 5, or 3 month program starts in either January or July
  • One or two month programs available!
  • School year starts in February
  • Fall Semester Application Deadline: May 15th
  • Spring Semester Application Deadline: November 1st

Program Costs

  • Academic Year – $7,000
  • Semester – $6,600
  • 3 months – $5,600

Plus health/liability insurance – $80/month
$1000 deposit due with application
**Prices are subject to change**

High School System

Brazilian high school consists of three years compulsory study. High school students do not choose their subjects. Required subjects are: Portuguese language, Brazilian literature, mathematics, geography, history, chemistry, physics, biology and a foreign language, usually English grammar. Spanish is growing as a foreign language option. Some schools also offer art and computer classes. It is also common that high school students take extra language classes at language institutes in order to improve their conversation skills. The same holds true for students who want to study music, arts, dance etc.

*It is strongly recommended that students begin practicing Portuguese from the very first day in Brazil in order to help get settled and learn about the culture. If students are unable to study Portuguese before arriving in Brazil, it is recommended that they study Spanish, Italian, or French, as these languages are similar to Portuguese in structure.

Program Includes

Public high school acceptance

Volunteer host family placement

Visa support documents

Pre-departure orientation

Local orientation after arrival

Intensive 10 hour Portuguese language course upon arrival

Monitoring and supervision by local partner while in Brazil

24-hour emergency support

Program Does Not Include

International airfare

Domestic transportation to host family and within Brazil

School textbooks and school lunches

Extracurricular expenses for clubs, sports, etc.

Passport/visa/resident card fees

Personal spending money