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School in Latin America: Brazil

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Sponsor: C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad

Location: Florianópolis, Brazil; Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Niterói, Brazil


Students enroll directly in the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianópolis, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, or the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niterói, for complete immersion in the language and culture. Highlights of the program are courses taught in Portuguese, internship opportunities in many fields, and housing with local families.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring

Term Notes: This program follows the Brazilian academic calendar: Fall Quarter begins in late July and ends in mid-December. Winter/Spring Quarters begin in late January (Belo Horizonte) or late February (Florianapolis and Niteroi) and end in mid-June (Belo Horizonte) or mid-July (Florianapolis and Niteroi)


  • Portuguese majors or minors must discuss their study abroad plans with a departmental adviser.

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete a C.V. Starr - Middlebury application by the program's deadline

Languages: Portuguese

Language Requirements: 

Completion of 2nd year Portuguese with a B average and a recent course in the language. This translates to completion of:

  • PORT 121-3 OR PORT 115-2
  • Plus either PORT 201, 202 or 303



Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: $22,610

Billed by Northwestern: $16,240

Estimated additional costs: $5,525-$7,485

  • Room & board: $2,485-$4,285 (varies by location)
  • Airfare: $2,000
  • Books & supplies: $50
  • Personal expenses: $685-$845 (varies by location)
  • Visa: $305

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