FLORIANOPOLIS, BRAZIL | summer quarter
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 of 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, 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.
Summer II: Early July through Early August
- Are at least 18 years old at the time of application.
- Are enrolled in a degree-seeking program while they are abroad.
- Have a preferred grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Are in good academic, disciplinary, and community standing.
When you apply for a USAC Program, a coordinator for the program from USAC will reach out to the Edmonds College for approval. Our office will require an advising appointment if you have not had one yet.
Please note that students that have been sanctioned by the college are disqualified from applying to, or participating in, an Edmonds College study abroad program.
Summer II: Application Here (Due May 1)
NOTE: Edmonds College will NOT be able to approve any other USAC programs that are not the above terms due to incompatability with our quarter schedules.
Courses will vary depending on the term. Find the page for all course information here.
- Portuguese Language
- International Business
- Environmental/Conservation Management
- Latin American Studies
Full Information Here
- Courses with Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), recently ranked the 12th best university in Latin America
- Field trips to places like Santa Catarina Island, Costa de Lagoa, Anhatomirim Island, Campeche Island, and rafting
- Cultural immersion opportunities like activities organized by UFSC, including sports, music, and dance, practicing Portuguese with your language exchange partner, volunteering, local festivals, and attending a local surfing school
- For an additional fee: Tours and Field Studies to Sao Paulo, Iguacu Falls and Argentina,
All accommodations are located in the center of the island, as close to the university as possible. The university is served well by a regular bus service. Inexpensive student dining halls are available for lunch and snacks. We offer two different housing options:
Staying with a host family is an excellent way to immerse yourself in Brazilian culture, quickly improve your Portuguese, and meet locals. Your family will welcome you into their home and provide various services including meals. Host families will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. We recommend this option if your priority is to learn the language as quickly as possible.
Shared apartments involve living with USAC and other international students, close to the university. This option offers a bit more independence and is good for students with particularly strict dietary requirements or other preferences.
PROGRAM FEES: For 2022 Below
- Tuition and fees
- USAC prearranged housing placement service
- Personalized pre-departure advising
- Visa guidance
- Parental support and advisement
- Scholarship advising and assistance
- Transcript assistance
- Student health insurance
- Free medical assistance on campus
- Group flight airport pick-up (subject to availability)
- Mandatory on-site orientation
- Host university student ID card
- 24-hour local emergency staff support
- Program-organized field trips and other cultural and sporting activities
- Local travel resources, tips, suggestions
- Volunteer opportunities
Does Not Include:
Individual flight if you do not apply to the group flight, or it is not avaialble
Personal expenses (souveniers, etc.)
Textbooks and class supplies
Student Visa (e-visa)
Passport, if applicable
Local transportation, transportation to and from program site
Required travel insurance