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  • Locations: Florianópolis, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Winter-Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/08/2022 05/14/2022

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills University Studies Requirement: Yes, Reporting Live Supplemental Course
Program Description:

Program OverviewUSAC Florianpolis

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, 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.

Program Focus

Study abroad for one semester or for an academic year. This program focuses on academic areas in which Brazil is a world leader: Cultural Studies, Global Economy, and Natural Resource Management. You will have the opportunity to study the complexities of contemporary Brazilian society through a wide selection of courses in English, as well as through your own interactions with the host culture. In addition, an intensive Portuguese language course is offered to all students to create an essential base with which to better understand the country. The academic courses are only one part of the intended value of your study abroad experience. Participation in formal and informal activities, such as field trips and visits to cultural events and local festivals, constitute an integral and enriching part of your stay. You will also have the opportunity to join an optional tour to the stunning destination of Minas Gerais.

PSU students can participate in the summer session II program, earning 4 to 6 semester credits (6 to 9 quarter credits). Take advantage of this study abroad opportunity, and learn how studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning  experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom—because you will be in a different place. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are; use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. This program offers intensive Portuguese language courses, along with the option of taking courses that focus on Cultural Studies, Global Economy, and Natural Resource Management. You even have the chance to take surfing and Brazilian cuisine courses as elective credits. You will have the opportunity to participate in formal and informal activities, such as field trips and visits to cultural events and local festivals, constitute an integral and enriching part of your stay. You will also have the opportunity to join an optional tour to the stunning destination of Minas Gerais.

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Program Provider USAC: University Studies Abroad Consortium
Program Dates Current USAC Calendar

Fall Semester with USAC = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with USAC = Winter & Spring Quarters at PSU*
Areas of Study Explore the courses offered on this program

This program is a good fit for the following majors:
  • Anthropology
  • Culture
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Social Work
Credits Fall: Students enroll in 12 to 18 semester credits (18 to 27 quarter credits).
Spring: Students enroll in 12 to 18 semester credits (18 to 27 quarter credits).
Summer: Students enroll in 4 to 6 semester credits (6 to 9 quarter credits)
Capstone Option Reporting Live Capstone available during Fall & Spring Quarters
Language of Instruction  English, Portuguese
Host Country Language  Portuguese
Housing Homestay, Apartment
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.50

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Program Fee Click here to view the USAC Program Fee
PSU Fees Click here to view PSU Fees

Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account.