With its physical beauty and welcoming social environment, Brazil is the largest country in Latin America. Its diverse and vibrant culture offers an ideal setting for students of Portuguese to improve their language skills by enrolling directly in the university alongside their Brazilian peers and to immerse themselves in one of the world's most captivating societies. The Middlebury School in Brazil features study abroad options in Belo Horizonte, Florianópolis, and Niterói.
Students on the program come in at the intermediate-advanced level of Portuguese and are committed to developing their language skills. By adhering to the Middlebury Language Pledge®, they reap the benefits of linguistic immersion for the duration of their time studying abroad. By living and studying with Brazilians and involving themselves in the community through volunteer work, internships, and extracurricular activities, they have the chance to build authentic relationships and integrate fully into life in their host city.
Belo Horizonte, also known as the Garden City, is the capital of Minas Gerais, a prosperous mining region in the mountains about 250 miles north of Rio de Janeiro. Home to 2.5 million people, the city has a pronounced sense of community and family that students find inviting.
Students enroll at the private Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Middlebury's host institution, in courses in the humanities and social sciences.
A city of 300,000 and the capital of Brazil’s southern state of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis is located on an island, and features breathtaking scenery as well as a vibrant cultural and university life.
Middlebury's host institution, the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), is an excellent and comprehensive federal university of 32,000 students.
Niterói is a community of 500,000 people located just across the bay from Rio de Janeiro. The ease of travel across to Rio coupled with the calmer pace of Niterói make this city a great choice for students wishing to immerse themselves in local Brazilian culture while simultaneously enjoying proximity to one of the world's most passionate and festive cities.
Students enroll in courses alongside local students at Middlebury's host institution, the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF).