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Study Abroad in Brazil

Students interested in studying abroad in Brazil can do so in Rio de Janeiro, taking classes as an exchange student in our partner institution PUC-RJ. This program is ideal for those seeking to significantly improve their Portuguese. The program kicks off in January with a six-week intensive language session, where students are placed with host families in the heart of the city.

Students in the Mendoza College of Business who are interested in studying abroad in Brazil can also choose to study in São Paulo as a free-mover student in the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Brazil’s most prestigious business school. FGV offers classes in both Portuguese and English, and offers pre-approved courses in macroeconomics, decision theory, and financial modeling.

In 2019, Notre Dame International will begin offering a new summer course in Brazil taught by Marcio Bahia, a professor in the Romance Languages Department in Notre Dame. The course, “Brazil: A Social Mosaic” will explore the nuances and challenges of how race, inequality, politics, and culture intersect in the vibrant cultures of Brazil. It is an ideal summer program for students in Africana studies, gender studies, political science, those in the Portuguese and Brazilian studies minor, or those seeking to fulfill their language and culture university requirement. The program will be primarily located in São Paulo and supported by the São Paulo Global Center.

The São Paulo Global Center also assists Study Abroad with customized programs both in São Paulo and South Bend. In 2014 and 2016, it facilitated the LVI program, a partnership with UNICAMP and the Mendoza College of Business, that brought Brazilian students to the U.S. to work alongside their American peers in business case studies. The Center has also facilitated logistics for a Brazilian immersion week from the Stayer Center’s EMBA program, and an undergraduate summer program in São Paulo for business students at FGV.

Study Abroad website