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My host dad could in some way be my dad's long-lost Brazilian twin. They are both just amazing, hard-working men who show respect for everyone and have a great sense of humor. He was a perfect father figure for me while I was in Brazil, and taught me so much about food, culture, family, and life in general.

Ryan Knight
Kansas State University

Participant in Florianópolis, Brazil


Brazil Study Abroad Programs

  • Capital: Brasilia
  • Official language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Brazilian Real (BRL)

Floripa and Santa Catarina are in one of the most developed—and safe—areas of Brazil, and Brazil is one of the most developed countries in Latin America. A colony of Portugal for nearly three centuries, Brazil has been independent since 1822, and underwent several government transformations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In recent decades, it has become a rising economic and political leader in the region and, increasingly, in the world. Just recently, the country overtook the UK as the sixth-biggest economy in the world. Known for its stunning natural beauty and abundant biodiversity, Brazil lives up to its reputation for being larger than life. It's truly large in size and population—the largest and most populous country of South America and the fifth-largest country in the world—as well as in its exuberant culture, music, football, and diverse peoples. Brazil will host the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016.

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