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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Salvador, Brazil; Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Portuguese Minimum GPA Requirement: 2
Housing Option: Homestay, Hotel/Hostel Areas of Study: Arts and Sciences, Humanities, International Studies, Spanish and Portuguese
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 GE Requirements: GE: Open Options – Education Abroad
Academic Credit: Portuguese Education Abroad Coordinator: Louise Yahiaoui
Program Description:
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Program Brazil Global May tab 1

The Ohio State Global May study abroad program in Brazil is designed to offer a unique cultural experience for undergraduate students who wish to gain an experience with global diversity by living and learning in a foreign country. This program will introduce students to Brazilian history, culture, society and contemporary issues. Through coursework in the classroom as well as through experiential learning, students will gain a unique perspective of this emerging world power. This program is specifically designed for first and second year students of any major who are interested in learning about the global significance of Brazil, but students of all years are welcome to apply.

Several field trips will introduce students to the history and culture of both the south and northeast of Brazil, as well as the natural environment of the areas. There will also be opportunities for students to collaborate, and interact with Brazilian university students to foster cross-cultural dialogue and engage in activities and service projects.


Students participating in this program will have the opportunity to experience the geographical and cultural differences in Brazil and how it influences the social and economic aspects of this diverse country. The first portion of the program will be spent in the southeast region of Brazil in Sao Jose do Rio Preto, in the state of Sao Paulo. The second portion will take place in Salvador, in the northeast region of the country. The southeast of Brazil will feature a more affluent and industrialized culture, whereas the northeast will introduce students to the vibrant African and Indigenous traditions that help make Brazil so unique.


Students will be housed in modest hotels in the Sao Paulo region and will have homestay families for the Salvador portion of the program.

Resident Directors

Lucia Costigan
Spanish and Portuguese 

Education Abroad Coordinator

Louise Yahiaoui
If you would like to schedule an appointment please click here



Courses and Credit Brazil Global May tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register in three hours of Portuguese 2798.10 for May. This course can be used to satisfy the Education Abroad Open Option GE.



Application Requirement Brazil Global May tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 2.0 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

This program is open to all majors. Preference is given to first- and second-year students, but students of all years are encouraged to apply.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. 


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Brazil Global May tab 4

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $5267 program fee. The program fee includes airfare, housing, required excursions, most meals and visa. It does not cover a passport or immunizations. 

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.



Information Sessions Brazil Global May tab 5

  • Thursday, September 21 from 4-5 p.m. in 100 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Tuesday, November 7 from 4-5 100 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Tuesday November 28 from 4-5p in 160 Enarson Classroom Building


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


Please review this information about the Zika Virus and other pre-travel health considerations.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/03/2018
02/04/2018 05/04/2018 05/27/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.