THE WORLD’S FIFTH LARGEST COUNTRY by area and sixth largest by population, opportunities to understand this great nation's political, economic, and cultural histories abound
Engage in your own unique combination of program opportunities while traveling through and settling into Brazil.
History & Culture
From indigenous peoples over 10,000 years ago to Portuguese colonization at the beginning of the 16th century, decades of African slave trade, and modern-day migration patterns, Brazil has a unique and fascinating history to share. Its modern culture is rooted in this colorful history, sprinkled with influences from around the world.
Take a deeper dive into the fabric of this nation through cultural exchange activities with Brazilian peers, exploration of historically significant sites, guest lectures with renowned cultural observers, and more.
Business & Economics
Slowly emerging from a 2014 recession that halted over 20 years of relatively unimpeded growth, Brazil is an economic powerhouse that boasts a mixed economy and an estimated $21.8 trillion USD worth of natural resources, including vast amounts of gold, uranium, iron, and timber.
While exploring Brazil, visit multinational corporations and ambitious startups, natural resource excavation sites and commodities traders, and a range of local stakeholders each working toward individual and national prosperity.
Environment & Nature
Brazil is home to a third of the world's rainforests, covering nearly three million square kilometers of its territory. Two-thirds of the Amazon River also runs within Brazil’s borders, providing a resource-rich home to tens of thousands of species. Due to these natural wonders, Brazil contains incredible biodiversity that must be understood and preserved for the betterment of all future generations.
Music & Dance
Feel the energy and fast paced rhythms of Brazil’s world-famous Samba dancing by taking part in interactive classes and attending live performances. Learn about the combination of Afro-Brazilian dance, acrobatics, and music that resulted in the Capoeira martial art form.
Create purposeful change in the communities of Brazil by collaborating with local organizations to volunteer in schools within the country’s sprawling cities and surrounding favelas. Venture to rural areas with your faculty leaders and participate in local reforestation efforts, sustainable water resource projects, and more.