Brazilian Studies Program

Students outside Favela Rocina

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Please contact Dr. Medina, manuel.medina @ to get an application package.

You can download A&S Sttudy Abroad Checklist and faculty recommendation forms from the A&S IDEP site: Get Study Abroad Forms    / Release and Assumption of Risk form 

A&S International Programs Info


June 6 – July 2, 2019

Katia Saunders
One of the best summers of my life. I feel very lucky and blessed to experienced what I did in Brazil and to have the friendships Ive made. Living in a dorm gave me a better understanding for the culture and together with students from UNESP, zamba, churrascarias, caipirinhas and Christ the Redeemer I found my true Brazilian self and it felt like I was right at home. In a heart beat, I'd do it again. 

Emily Bratton
Studying in Brazil was the highlight of my graduate career. I was able to examine and experience a rich culture that was so unique from my own while also forming lifelong relationships with wonderful people I would have otherwise never met. I grew so much during my time there and am very eager to go back!

Rosa Escalante: 
Brazil was a wonderful experience: the people were amazing. I  created deep and close relationship with the children at Escola Viva. and all the people down there. They treat me like family  and they have a special space in my heart. I hope I will go back again.

Alex Cooper
This was probably one of the highlights of my college career: to experience someone else's culture and open my mind up to the world.

Pat Ridge
The hospitality I received from fellow Brazilian students and teachers allowed me to have a wonderful cultural encounter. and incredible memories that  I will have for the rest of my life.

Nicola Whitley
"One of the best summer's of my life by far, my time in Brazil has left me with a deep love and appreciation of its people, culture and cuisine. Nothing beats experiencing Brazilian culture first hand." 

Sandra Vera
"One of the most enjoyable time of my life, I got to meet wonderful people and experience different aspects of the Brazilian culture." 


Program Participants will have a great opportunity to become acquainted first hand with Brazilian culture, a mix of influences from the Portuguese, the Africans, Western Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Program participants will experience its rich tradition in music, food, dance, art, and religion and will study how current day Brazilian culture developed from combining the autochthonous and the traditions brought from abroad.

The program takes place in São Jose do Rio Preto, located 280 miles (450 km) northwest of the city of São Paulo. UNESP (The State University of São Paulo) hosts the students and welcomed them to its campus. The classes taught by UofL and UNESP faculty take full advantage of this optimal setting to explore up close major issues surrounding this booming Latin American country. As part of the UofL/UNESP agreement, and at the center of the UofL Brazilian Studies Program, the places we visit do wonders for students who are eager to explore the rich cultural heritage offered by this fascinating country.

Activities will vary according to the course you will take. As part of the program price, all students will enjoy visits to the cities of Rio de Janeiro (the famous cidade maravilhosa), São Paulo, Foz do Iguaçu. Participants will visit sugar and citrus processing plants, several museums, and many local attractions.

COST: TBA (Price for 2018 was $3100) includes the following:


The College of Arts and Sciences will offer scholarships. Program participants are encouraged to apply for all available scholarships such as the Richard & Constance Lewis Scholar Awards, the International Center Scholarship & others. Most applications become available in the Fall semester.

Completed application due by Friday February 15, 2019.



All application materials will be available online and will fill them out during one of the orientations.

For more information, please contact Dr. Manuel F. Medina,  manuel.medina @ or Charles Nasby,