Florianopolis, Brazil—Study Abroad

Brazilian Cultural Studies, Global Economy, and Natural Resource Management

This program is offered through the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. In addition to Brazilian Culture and Intensive Language Studies, courses will also focus on Global Economy and Natural Resource Management.

  • Study at one of South America's top five universities in a beautiful setting close to a vibrant city center
  • Live on a beautiful subtropical island with over 40 beaches, rainforest, lakes,and quiet fishing villages
  • Discover the local and hidden charms of a historical island which has developed its own unique cultural heritage
  • Participate in a tremendous variety of outdoor activities including hiking, diving, surfing, sandboarding, sailing, and whale-watching
  • Experience the thrill of living in one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic countries in the world, with opportunities to travel to the Amazon, Rio de Janeiro, and Iguaçu Falls

Course Information

You may enroll in 12-18 credits. This list of courses is subject to minor changes; course availability is conditional on student interest and enrollment. Please visit the USAC website for complete course descriptions. Prerequisites for all courses will be verified during course registration.

Portuguese Language Studies
All students are required to take an intensive language and culture course at the start of the semester, with the exception of those who are fluent speakers. The course is five weeks long in Spring semester and allows for rapid acquisition of the language. Students will be assigned a level based on their previous experience of the language and general language proficiency. There will be a maximum enrollment of 15 students per level to ensure small class sizes. Each course will consist of daily instruction from a local qualified professor with the aim of providing students with a working knowledge of the language, in particular spoken Brazilian Portuguese. Classes will also include site visits and activities to provide an understanding of local culture.

Brazilian Cultural Studies, Global Economy, and Natural Resource Management

Courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies. They will begin after the intensive language period has started. Their overall aim is to provide you with a high level of knowledge of Brazil, its diversity of ethnicity, its wealth of culture, its economic importance, its socioeconomic problems, and its natural resource management issues, as well as to allow for a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies. Courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted.

Resident Director and On-Site Support

The Florianópolis program has a Resident Director who is responsible for the USAC office abroad and overall operations of the program: securing appropriate student housing, hiring top-level faculty, organizing field trips and optional tours, and overseeing your general well-being. John Loveday, originally from the UK, has been a resident of South America for over three years and has traveled extensively throughout Brazil. John studied Languages and Literature at Oxford University and received his Master's in Social Sciences from the University of London. As well as English, he speaks the four main romance languages. He will meet the group flight at the airport and provide the mandatory on-site orientation, as well as additional resources and support while you are on the program. He will also teach one of the optional courses in both semesters.