The Study Abroad in Brazil program will visit Recife, Brazil, which is located on a beautiful white sand beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with students and faculty members from the University of Pernambuco as they learn about a new culture in a city rich with history. Participants will visit the Orinda Historic Center and see where one of the largest Carnival celebrations in South America is held. They will visit the Paco do Frevo to learn more about the history of Carnival and learn the Frevo, which is the traditional dance of Carnival. The Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, established by the Spanish/Portuguese Jews is the oldest Synagogue in the Americas. The Ricaro Brennand Institute is home to magnificent art work, including a bronze cast of Rodan's The Thinker. In addition to seeing a variety of historical and cultural venues, participants will visit local schools and community centers that promote physical activity and attend a Brazilian soccer match. Throughout the program, students will be learning to speak Portuguese and have the opportunity to practice their skills with host families and during shopping excursions at various sites
There will be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed,
and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance.
There may also be at least one class session held after returning to Atlanta for debriefing. Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
May 6 - Orientation for the program in Atlanta and basic Portuguese lesson
May 9 - Depart Atlanta
May 10 - Arrive in Recife, meet host families, unpack, group dinner at the beach
May 11 - Visit downtown to try language skills
May 12 - Introduction to Brazilian Culture
May 13 - Work in schools; attend Brazilian soccer game
May 14 - Brazilian culture and African influence
May 15 - Visit Paco do Frevo and have a dance lesson (Carnival dance)
May 16 - Visit Olinda, historic old town, museum visits
May 17 - Fun in the sun (beach)
May 18 - Work in schools
May 19 - Community based physical activity programs
May 20 - Public health in Brazil
May 21 - Visit Ricardo Brennand Museum
May 22 - Shopping and using your language skills, dinner (departure party)
May 23 - Return home to Atlanta
Participants will have the choice of staying in double occupancy hotel rooms or with host families. Those choosing to stay with host families will save $650.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University College of Education and Human Development. Program size is limited to 15 students and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
- Transient students should visit the
Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
- International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at
(404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Participants who successfully complete the program's courses will receive 3
semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for KH 3760
and graduate students should register for KH 6940
. Students from other institutions should follow their institution's regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $3831 for those staying in hotels or $3181 for those staying with host families, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
- Round-trip airfare
- All ground transportation, excursions, and entrance fees
- All meals
- Visa costs
- Hotels if selecting that option
- Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
December 13, 2019: $500 Deposit with application
January 17, 2020: $1200
February 14, 2020: $1200
Early April: Program fee posted to PAWs
Early May: $281/931 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Maymester 2020
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about
other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303