The Florianópolis program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the incredibly diverse and dynamic culture of Brazil while living on a beautiful sub-tropical island and studying at one South America’s most prestigious universiti... read more
My experience was marked by a lot of self-discovery. I made awesome friends, learned a lot about myself, others, and the world around me, and came out as a more complete human being. Cameron - University of Massachusetts Amherst / UMass View Entire Review
Absolutely. I learned a lot about a new culture and a new language that I had no prior knowledge of. I learned a new way of life and I learned how to not take things for granted. Being from the US and living in a country COMPLETELY different from it, was eye opening. A student - University of Nevada, Reno View Entire Review
Learned to speak a new language. Jose R - Washington State University View Entire Review
I gained a better understanding of south america and i was able to learn a new language A student - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo View Entire Review
It was an amazing, unforgettable experience totally worth my while. I gained a new understanding and appreciation of Brazilian culture and the Portuguese language, had unforgettable experiences, and forged relationships that will last a lifetime. Owen M - University of Kansas View Entire Review
I developed even more self-confidence than I thought possible. Living on my own for the first time and acquiring a beautiful new language in a spectacularly breathtaking place made for the perfect study abroad adventure. Davis R - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
When I came to Brasil I didn't fully know what to expect, all I knew was the American culture. Of course I was scared at first but it's amazing how fast that fear transformed into joy once I was able to open my eyes to a beautiful new culture. Stepping out of my comfort zone allowed me to see things in ways I never did, accept i... Shaniece C - Grand Canyon University View Entire Review
There were so many things I learned on this adventure, but ultimately I learned how to be more independent. At the same time I learned to be dependent as well, with people I have never met in my life which is a very unique and exciting experience. Putting trust into another person's hand that you have never met before is somethi... Garrett N - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) View Entire Review
Language,culture, open-mindedness. It was worth it A student - University of the Pacific View Entire Review
I learned to really embrace who I am. I put myself in many situations where I felt uncomfortable, because I didn't know the language or the people, but I tried to engage anyway. Knowing that I can make friends and have a great time despite the language and culture barrier made me much more self-confident. Also, the experience of... Maddy B - University of Virginia View Entire Review
Oh, way too much to put here. But yes, it was definitely worthwhile. Extraordinarily challenging, entertaining, and educational (life-wise). Amanda B - Berea College View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent and have fun doing things on my own. To be more patient and take things in. I gained looking at life from other perspective and being away from what I am used to. My experience was so special and worthwhile - I had an amazing time and I would not trade it for anything. I hope to one day go back. Steph E - California State University - Chico View Entire Review
Studying abroad is a crash course in independence. Navigating the island with no knowledge of the language (at least at first), and often alone. With time comes the know-how, until you start to feel like a local. It's incredible to notice how you go from feeling constantly lost and confused to feeling entirely at ease and at hom... A student - University of Maryland - College Park View Entire Review
I learned to become more independent, more adventuresome, and learned a new language! It was by far the greatest summer of my life, and I doubt it'll be matched. Kevin P - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
More risk equals more reward. You only grow when you're uncomfortable. Rian A - University of Cincinnati View Entire Review
The Florianópolis program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the incredibly diverse and dynamic culture of Brazil while living on a beautiful sub-tropical island and studying at one South America’s most prestigious universities. The program is ideal for students who want to learn about the world’s fifth-largest country, one of the fastest-growing economies (sixth-largest in the world), and its diverse mix of European, African, and indigenous cultures. Learn an old European language with a unique modern twist while soaking up the beautiful weather and sandy white beaches of the southeastern Brazilian coast. Influences from centuries of immigration collide and are reborn on this island which has retained and developed a culture that is different from the mainland and unique to Brazil. Locals mingle with visitors from Europe and the Americas who choose the island’s charms and almost perpetually warm climate. Near the thriving old colonial center, you will study Portuguese and a range of optional courses at Brazil’s third largest university. All of these factors create a fascinating learning and social atmosphere for USAC students.
USAC awards over $500,000 in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses. We have a variety of funding opportunities available for students enrolled in USAC programs. We also encourage students to research online for additional sources of financial aid and external scholarships for study abroad students. Additional scholarship information and application instructions will be provided on your Student Gateway account once you apply to a USAC program.
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