Learn a little Portuguese before coming. It will benefit you greatly.

Jared Cody Capeloto
University of Florida

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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  • Countdown to the World Cup in Brazil

    USAC Florianópolis Resident Director, John Loveday, wrote recently about the upcoming World Cup coming to Brazil this summer. We at USAC enjoy rooting for multiple USAC nations in massive sporting events like the World Cup and the Olympics…...

  • Brazil: All Aboard the Pirate Ship

    What better way to wind-down from a long-week of intensive language courses than to set sail on the open sea! Our Floripa, Brazil, resident director–John Loveday, has sent us a fresh batch of pictures from their adventure on a pirate ship...

  • Fun in Florianópolis, Brazil

    Excerpts from Ryan Knight’s blog  “Fun in Florianópolis -The Adventures of Ryan Knight,” from USAC‘s Florianópolis, Brazil Spring 2013 program.  “No matter what, I have discovered one important thing: The best part of...

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