Modern Brazil: Its People and Culture

Summer 2014
May 19 - June 6, 2014
Florianópolis, Brazil

Program Highlights

This is not your ordinary study abroad experience!  Live on the island of Florianópolis

  • Engage in Brazilian culture
  • Study history, immigration, politics, economy, and religion: past and present
  • Visit museums
  • Travel to Blumenau, city of German colonization and important economic center
  • Dance samba and cook traditional meals
  • Live with a Brazilian family (double occupancy)
  • Learn some survival Portuguese

Program Description:

On the Brazil short term program, students will live on an island in southeastern Brazil called Florianopolis (known as Floripa). Florianopolis is a modern and cosmoplitan area with over 42 beaches, rolling mountains, the Atlantic rainforest, and soft white sand dunes. Expect to cook and eat regional food, learn some survival Porteguese, and participate in Brazilian dance! On this short -term program, you will discuss and reflect on your experiences in Brazil, and complete required coursework.

Course Description (COLG 280 - 2 credit requirement)

  • Complete your Intercultural designation (IC) - 2 credits (approval pending)
  • Learn political, economic, religious, and social legacies of Brazilian past centuries
  • Witness how preparing to host the Soccer World Cup 2014 affects the people of Brazil
  • Reflect on how the social movements play a role in the music, dance, food, "futbol" (soccer), and lifestyles of Brazilians
  • Read Academic Papers (course packet)
  • Discuss and reflect on your experiences in Brazil as well as in the papers in your course packet
  •  Write a journal
  • Give a final presentation

No prerequisites

Program Cost

The estimated Program Fee is $4,500 plus the cost of  2 credits at CSB/SJU at the reduced summer tuition rate (approximately $525 per credit).

This Price Includes:

  • Housing
  • Round trip international airfare to Florianopolis
  • Two meals per day (breakfast and dinner)
  • 1 day trip learning excursion
  • Admission to museums and other cultural events included for the course
  • Insurance

The Program Fee does not include:

  • Passport
  • Tourist visa ($210-$250)
  • The cost of university credits ($525 per credit)
  • One meal per day ($8-$15)
  • Personal spending money


You will live with a host family (2 students per home) arranged by our partner school The Language Club.


Tania Gómez directed the semester-long program in Guatemala in 2011 and co-directed the Ecuador: Gender, Health & Sustainability Program in summer 2012. She also traveled to Brazil during summer 2013.