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.
*Video courtesy of Visit Brazil
- Age Requirements:
Must be between the ages of 15 and 19
- Fully Vetted Brazilian Host Families:
Students will stay with carefully selected host families throughout Brazil. Students are not placed in large metro areas nor are they placed in extremely rural locations.
- Families in Brazil are typically very close, so activities that gather the entire family, including extended family, are common. Adjustment to host family life and Brazilian culture will be assisted by a program representative.
- Brazilians are used to two large meals a day: lunch and dinner.
- Some families are also used to having a snack in the afternoon.
- Academic Year: July – May
- 1st Semester: July – Jan
- 2nd Semester: Jan – May
Students will attend Portuguese Course (10 hours)
- 3 month program:
- 2 month program:
- 1 month program:
- Academic Year – $7,500
- Semester – $7,300
- 3 months – $4,500
- 2 months – $4,300
Required International Health/Liability Insurance:
- Academic Year – $660
- Semester – $390
- 3 months – $300
- 2 months – $200
- 1 month– $90
$1700 deposit due with application
**Prices are subject to change**
Public high school acceptance
Volunteer host family placement
Visa support documents
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
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
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.