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The following is information about the University of Florida summer study-abroad program in Rio de Janeiro. Summer 2020 will be the 39th year of the program between UF and the Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos (IBEU).

Rio de Janeiro (Latenightpool, Flickr)
Rio de Janeiro (Latenightpool, Flickr)

Summer B 2020
June 28th – August 8th

Contact information:

Nicole Fuls
UF International Center

Why Study in Rio De Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro is a busy, sophisticated, cosmopolitan city of over six million people. Greater Rio exceeds ten million. With its world famous beaches — Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon– and mountain peaks –Sugar Loaf and Corcovado– this fascinating city is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the world. Rio is known for its vibrant arts scene and cultural institutions.

Who is Eligible?

Both UF and non-UF students are eligible to apply. Applicants should be in good academic standing, have completed the first semester of the freshman year, be at least 18 years of age, and have completed two (2) semesters of Portuguese or one semester of intensive introductory Portuguese with a grade of B or better.

Many FLAS fellowship recipients have studied on this program, which is specifically designed to meet FLAS standards.

Admission to the program is competitive and enrollment is limited to 36 students. UF students have priority for admission, as do FLAS fellowship recipients (both undergraduate and graduate students). Early application strongly encouraged.

FLAS Proficiency Testing Policy

Students with FLAS fellowships from other institutions will need to make arrangements for pre- and post-program testing through their home institution or the institution awarding their FLAS fellowship. Students and local FLAS officers are responsible for contacting an instructor to administer the language test before and after the program. NB: Program instructors will administer the required FLAS pre- and post-program proficiency testing only for FLAS Fellows funded by UF.

Program Description

The University of Florida Language and Culture Program in Rio de Janeiro is a 6-week FLAS-certified program offering 140 contact hours of classroom instruction in Portuguese. Designed with ACTFL standards in mind, the classes and assignments are based on the 5 “C’s” of Language Learning:  Communication, Culture, Communities, Comparisons and Connections. Hence, all classroom activities and assignments involve intensive language instruction in Portuguese. The program offers three levels: intermediate, advanced intermediate and advanced, plus a cultural component for all levels.

In State of Florida numbering, language offerings and equivalencies are normally POR 2201, Intermediate 1; POR 3242, Intermediate 2; POR 3243, Upper Intermediate; and POR 4956, Advanced. Students will be graded on two oral tests 40%; a final exam 30%; participation and attendance 20%; homework 10%. Penalties for absences .10 per absence. Instructors: IBEU staff.


Student placement for language instruction is determined by a test given on the first day of classes. Classes are held at the IBEU (Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos); located in the heart of the Copacabana section of Rio de Janeiro. IBEU is a well-known and highly regarded center for language instruction with pleasant classrooms, language laboratory, and WiFi on the second floor of the building. The program includes excursions, including tours of a colonial ranch, Rio’s historic center and Corcovado (sites may vary year to year).

Students are encouraged to learn about the city and Brazil by reading tour guides (such as the Lonely Planet Series on Brazil) and academic studies such as Marshall C. Eakin’s Brazil: The Once and Future Country, in addition to material supplied by the Study Abroad Office. We recommend The Throes of Democracy: Brazil Since 1989 by Georgetown professor Bryan McCann. Of course, there are several excellent websites about Brazil as a travel destination and/or subject of study, see especially Brazil Max.

Housing & Meals

Students will live in local households. Hosts vary in nature, from individuals to young families with children; some may be headed by single women or senior citizens. IBEU makes the best match possible based on a questionnaire distributed to all students before departure. All hosts live within easy reach of the institute where classes are held. Two meals a day are typically provided by the Brazilian family. IBEU supplies a mid-morning snack. Most students get their mid-day meals on their own. Arrangements for special meals or dietary needs, health concerns (such as smoking) should be made in advance and must be included in the housing questionnaire provided by Study Abroad.

Transportation In Brazil

There are a wide variety of ways to get around Rio. Several forms of public transportation are readily available at modest cost. Bus travel between cities is also very comfortable and reasonably priced. Students often take the overnight bus to São Paulo. Air Travel is also available to reach more distant cities such as Porto Alegre and Recife. Students wishing to visit other areas of Brazil are encouraged to purchase an air pass through a Brazilian airline prior to departure from the US as they are not available within Brazil.

NB: Airfare to Rio de Janeiro is not included in the price of the program.

General Education & Summer Requirements

The course is designed to fulfill six (6) hours of academic requirements. With prior approval, Florida students may apply their coursework towards summer residency, general education requirements, electives, and major/minor requirements for graduation. Students are required to receive academic approval for their participation in the program PRIOR to their participation. Credits earned on the program transfer to the University of Florida, but grades are not computed in students’ GPAs by the registrar’s office.

Costs: $7,578

This fee includes tuition/fees and related program expenses, such as on-site orientation, airport pick-up, housing, some meals (breakfast and dinner), local excursions, and health insurance.

Round-trip airfare is NOT included in the program fee and can cost about $1000-1800. It is recommended that students bring between $800 and $1200 for spending money during the program for meals, bus fare, travel, and entertainment. Please note that the airport pickup scheduled for early to mid-morning on a Sunday morning prior to the start of class is a one-time service and non-refundable.

Each FLAS-granting institution has its own regulations on whether fellowships are disbursed to the student or paid to the institution sponsoring the program, so please contact the FLAS coordinator at your granting institution for information on disbursement. Information about allocations can be obtained from the financial assistant at UFIC. June Bristol,

Financial Aid

Students should check with their Financial Aid office to determine whether they are eligible for financial assistance. UF students who normally receive financial aid (including scholarships) may continue to receive it while studying overseas. Arrangements must be made with the Study Abroad Services and Financial Aid offices. Students not attending UF should apply to their home university for financial assistance.

UF undergraduates may be eligible to apply for scholarships through Study Abroad Services. The deadlines are usually in early February, so check the UFIC page.  Limited scholarships for UF Portuguese majors are also occasionally available through the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies Study Abroad Scholarship and the Center for Latin American Studies (Alfred E. Hower Scholarship).

UF undergraduate students and graduate students from any institution, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, may be eligible to apply for FLAS Summer Fellowships from the UF Center for Latin American Studies.

Health Insurance

All students who participate in a UF sponsored program will be enrolled in a health insurance plan from Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) for the dates of their program. The insurance premium is included in the UF program fee.

How & When Can I Apply?

The application deadline is April 1,  2019, after which applications will be accepted only on a space available basis, in order of submission. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications must be submitted online at UFIC.

Once accepted into the program, students will receive a Pre-departure Notes that must be read and acknowledged in lieu of a UF campus pre-departure session.

Passport & Visa

Brazil requires a visa for all visitors from the U.S. Once accepted, please consult the program advisor by telephone or e-mail for complete information regarding options. Applications for tourist visas and student visas can be downloaded from the Brazilian Consulates’ websites. The Miami Consulate WWeb page has visa application forms: Click here. We recommend that participants start early on the visa process, as in the past a police record check had to be included before a student visa could be issued. The Brazilian Embassy also has a web site: Click here.  Those with foreign passports or dual citizenship should check with the Brazilian consulate for their areas.

All participants must have a valid passport that remains valid for the duration of travel in Brazil. When necessary, UF Study Abroad will provide necessary documentation of participation in the program for student visa purposes (a letter signed by the program coordinator). The address of IBEU is Ave. Nossa Senhora de Copacabana 690, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, CEP 22050-010. Tel. (021) 548-8332; Fax (021) 236-5509. Some consulates require in-person applications, therefore plan ahead, or send your passport and application to the Brazilian consulate in your region of the U.S. For Florida residents, you may send your visa information via express mail to the Miami Consulate:

Miami Consulate: Consulate General of Brazil in Miami 3150 SW 38th Avenue – 1st floor, Miami, FL, 33146 Served by Metrorail (Douglas Road Station). Alway make sure of location and hours of the consulate, as they do change! Students encountering difficulties should contact UFIC study abroad advisor.