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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Option: Dormitory
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Architecture, Art, Comparative Studies, Design, Humanities, International Studies Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 3-Third-year Student
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Design
Click here for a definition of this term Program Features: Service-Learning Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Elizabeth Angerman
Program Description:
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Program Design Brazil tab 1

This program is scheduled to be offered again Spring Break 2020.

Design Matters in Brazil is a collaborative studio with Mackenzie Presbyterian University students in design thinking and design doing for place-based learning. This is a design-build course intended to positively impact a local community in need.

Students who travel on this program can expect to
  • Cultivate a better understanding of context (people, place, and potential) on both global and local levels
  • Develop conceptual design ideas in a studio-based environment with international students
  • Synthesize multiple phases of the design process, including concept development, design development, and project implementation
  • Expand knowledge of social impact design 


The program is based in Sao Paulo, one of the largest cities in the world.  With a bustling population of 22 million, São Paulo is the largest city in the southern hemisphere and a powerful economic hub for Brazil.  The city's inhabitants reflect an incredibly diverse population. Students will live in the upscale Pinheiros neighborhood, within walking distance of the famous Avenida Paulista.  The program's activities will work in concert with the non-profit Movimento Nacional da População de Rua.   They are based at CISARTE, the Center for Social Inclusion for Art, Resources, Work and Education. 


Students will stay in a dormitory-like hostel, with 3-4 people per room and en-suite bathrooms. 

Resident Directors

Professor Susan Melsop
Department of Design

Ohio State Program Contact

Elizabeth Angerman
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one. 



Courses and Credit Design Brazil tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register in three credits of Design 5600S with Professor Melsop for Spring 2018. You will receive instructions in your acceptance letter on how to enroll in this course. 



Application Requirement Design Brazil tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must be juniors majoring in the Department of Design 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.

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 destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about applying for a passport, go to



Program Costs Design Brazil tab 4

Please refer to the 2018 budget sheet for estimated costs. The cost for the 2020 program will be finalized in late summer 2019. Please note that the 2020 costs will differ based on changes to the program itinerary, fluctuations in exchange rates, and other variables. 

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $TBD program fee. The program fee will include international airfare, airport transfer, some meals, accommodations, visa, cultural activities, local transportation, and international health insurance. It will not include some meals, personal expenses, a passport or immunizations. The College of Arts and Sciences has generously subsidized this program.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to  OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Students 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 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.



Information Sessions Design Brazil tab 5

  • TBD - please check back!


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.

I will be more mindful of social impact and work towards designing for "good".
     — Spring Break, 2018 Participant
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2020 10/01/2019 10/15/2019 03/07/2020 03/14/2020
NOTE: These dates are tentative and will be finalized later in summer 2019.