Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world, and for those seeking hands-on academics and a vibrant experience full of culture and fun, it’s hard to beat it! Notre Dame International offers programs in São Paulo and Rio De Janeiro, both during the semester and the summer. In these programs, students can take courses in Portuguese, and in some cases, in English, on a range of academic disciplines. Currently, our program offerings in Brazil include:
Academic Year and Semester Programs
The São Paulo program allows students to embark in one of two tracks: (1) for students of science and technology, we recommend the University of São Paulo (USP), the most prestigious university in Latin America, and (2) for students of business, we recommend the Getulio Vargas Foundation, FGV, the most prestigious, AACSB-accredited business school in the country. This program offers research and internship opportunity for students, as well as an immersive culture, and vibrant community. Students that study abroad in Sao Paulo are often interested in an internship. Previous students have interned, for credit, at EducationUSA, Guiabolso, Gaveteiro, among others.
In this study abroad program, students will develop an in-depth understanding of the social, ethnic and cultural mosaic that makes up Brazil. History, architecture, arts, language, movies and sports will come together to highlight some of the most vibrant and dynamic societal aspects of this fascinating South American country. By the end of the course, students will be able to elaborate sophisticated reflections on Brazilian contemporary society through an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses diverse fields in Humanities and Social Sciences. This program takes place in Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro.
Global Professional Experience
Notre Dame International offers undergraduate students an international experiential learning opportunity to experience firsthand within an immersive environment how businesses and organizations operate in selected locations throughout the world. The Global Professional Experience Program places students with selected global and local companies and organizations in Asia (e.g., Beijing, Hong Kong & New Delhi), Europe (e.g., Athens), and Latin America (e.g., São Paulo).
This seven-week program includes three main components:
- A one-credit course offers an exploration of historic, social, and economic dimensions related to each of the program’s regions, in addition to providing a forum to reflect upon new international perspectives, inter-cultural knowledge, collaborative skills, integrative competencies, and career discernment.
- A one-week on-site orientation provided by the Notre Dame Global Gateways, Global Centers, and selected service providers. The on-site orientation helps students better understand the local cultures and includes cultural excursions and basic language training.
- A six-week placement within a business or organization that will provide students with professional experiences related to their academic and professional interests. Host businesses and organizations include media, startups, technology, healthcare, finance, NGOs, and think tanks, among other sectors.
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.