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  • Locations: Curitiba, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
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In partnership with Brazilian Experience and Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), this program allows students to complete their GE requirement in foreign language in one semester. Three intensive, 6-week Portuguese courses are taken consecutively during the semester. In addition, students may elect to take up to two semester-long courses taught in English, with local students at the Universidade Federal do Paraná. Course options will be available upon arrival in Brazil. As a compliment to the program academics, participants will broaden their understanding of Brazil through their participation in cultural activities and excursions; by volunteering in the community; and in their homestay with a local family.

Students participating in the Curitiba program will then be eligible to apply for a FLAS Fellowship for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. For more information about FLAS Fellowships, please visit: Please contact Megan Hasting at for more information about FLAS.


The program is hosted by the Universidade Federal do Paraná, the oldest university in Brazil. The city of Curitiba (population almost two million) is the capital of the state of Paraná and the largest city in the southern part of the country. A "sister city" of Columbus, Ohio, Curitiba is known for its low crime rate and its innovative urban planning. Its economy is the fourth largest in Brazil.


Participants will experience the unique culture of Curitiba by living with host families while on the program. In addition to having an opportunity to be immersed in the Portuguese language, participants will observe and experience aspects of the Brazilian lifestyle that are inaccessible to most visitors. The homes are located throughout the city within walking distance or via local bus. The families will provide two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). 

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Courses and Credit

Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
  • Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
  • Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797.  Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.

Participants will take three intensive Portuguese courses, which will be taken consecutively. Those who do not place out of any Portuguese courses will enroll in PORTGSE 1101, 1102, and 1103. Those with a semester of Portuguese on their transcript (through OSU enrollment, transfer credit, or credit by examination) will enroll in PORTGSE 1102, 1103, and 3402. (Successful completion of Portuguese 1103 satisfies the GE requirement in foreign language.) English-taught courses are offered all semester long:

OPTION 1: PORTGSE 1101 (4cr), 1102 (4cr) and 1103 (4cr) = 12 credit
OPTION 2: PORTGSE 1102 (4cr), 1103 (4cr), 3402 (3cr), 2797 (1cr)  = 12 credits

Students may also elect to take up to an additional two courses in English.  English-taught course options will be announced upon arrival.  


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 2.7 cumulative GPA, 3.0 Portuguese GPA (if applicable) and no Portuguese language courses beyond 1101 or 5501. Additionally, applicants must 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.

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.

Application instructions
  • Complete the OIA application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page)   
    • An academic reference is required in order for your OIA application to be considered complete. 
  • Once the application deadline has passed, eligible applicants will be required to undergo an interview.
    • Successful interview candidates will be referred to Brazilian Experience  to complete their application.  
*Students with no GPA at the time of application will be subject to a mid-term progress report to determine eligibility.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many 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 Participants on this program are required to secure a Brazilian student visa as a condition of participation. Click here to learn more.  



Program Costs

Students will pay the Brazilian Experience program fee and International insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021. The Brazilian Experience program fee includes tuition, accommodations, and two meals per day with a host family.  Airfare, cost of the Brazilian student visa, some meals, books/supplies personal expenses and independent travel are not included in the program fee. Students are required to make their own individual international airfare arrangements.

Brazilian Experience program fee for Spring 2020 is estimated to be $8,090*.
*The fees in USD are subject to change in case of abrupt currency oscillations. Those fees will be converted to BRL on the invoice date using the USD tourism conversion rate.


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.

If a 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.

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.



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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
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.