Program Information
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Winter 2020: Brazil PLSC
January 04, 2020 - February 02, 2020
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Photo contributed by: Ricardo de Vicq
Interest Meetings:
02/25/2019 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM306 Gore Hall
03/13/2019 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM306 Gore Hall
04/15/2019 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM308 Gore Hall
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
11/03/2019 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM156 Townsend Hall
12/01/2019 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM156 Townsend Hall
Health Meetings - attend one of the following:
10/22/2019 2:30 PM - 3:30 PMStudent Health Services Conference Room
10/30/2019 3:30 PM - 4:30 PMStudent Health Services Conference Room
Program Notes
Please note that First Semester Freshmen are eligible for participation and encouraged to apply to this program..
Program Description
Brazil is a vast, diverse and ecologically fascinating destination. In this program, students will study how humans interact with plants while learning methods to capture details in the landscape using freehand sketching and journaling.

Students will observe and portray the landscape in both Rio de Janiero - a vibrant city known for diverse architecture and gardens, miles of beaches, and warm, welcoming people - and the Amazon Rain Forest. Students will see how the work of the famous landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx impacts Brazilian culture in public and private gardens in and around Rio. Students will also enjoy the beach, modern art museums and various cultural events such as samba and the famous Ipanema “Hippie Fair”.

Students will interact with members of the landscape firm Roberto Burle Marx, LTD as they study a variety of Brazilian landscapes and artists. In addition to fine arts based studio techniques, students will learn a variety of landscape architecture graphic techniques used to portray the urban environment and its related objects through visits to gardens, art museums and modern buildings. This program includes a major excursion to the Amazon River where we will stay in a riverside lodge and take canoes to explore the flora, fauna and culture of the Amazon Rain Forest. A weekend excursion from Rio will take us to a fantastic private garden, famous public garden and art installation (InHotim) as well as an ancient town, Tiradentes.

Landscape exploration of Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon provides students with the rich experience of being immersed in the cultural and ecological patterns of Brazil. Whether you’re interested in cultural landscapes, tropical ecology, art, or architecture, this program is your chance to experience the vibrant culture and emerging economy of Rio.

The Program Fee includes accommodations, all group excursions, roughly half of the meals, in-country transportation and international medical insurance. Students will reside in double rooms in hotels or lodges.

The Program Fee does not include:
  1. Airfare to or from Brazil, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Brazil. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimated airfare. For this program, plane tickets have been reserved for the group, and students are strongly encouraged to purchase as part of the group reservation.
  2. The $160 mandatory Brazilian visa fee. Students are required to obtain their visas on their own, prior to departure. Due to the time required to obtain a Brazilian visa, at the time of application to this program students must have a valid passport which will not expire for at least six months after the program’s end (July 2020). Directions on how to obtain a visa will be provided upon acceptance.
  3. The cost of the required yellow fever vaccine (est. cost $150-$200). This vaccine is currently required by the Brazilian and U.S. governments. Persons without proof of the vaccine will not be permitted entance into Brazil; therefore, students without proof of the vaccine will not be permitted to participate in this program. Contact the faculty director for details about this vaccine.
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
Students who have already taken PLSC 100 and/or LARC103 should contact the faculty director to explore the possibility of independent study.
LARC 103-070: Field Sketching of Landscape Plants (3 credits)
Drawing is an indispensable skill to many fields of study, and the key to understanding and appreciating the natural world around us. This course is not an art class, rather a journey of discovery and detailed documentation. Students will learn and practice valuable drawing and sketching techniques. They will have the opportunity to expand their perspective on nature. Subjects will include the exotic plants, animals, and landscapes of Brazil.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Arts/Humanities Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group A
PLSC 100-070: Plants and Human Culture (3 credits)
Current survey of interrelationships between plants and diverse human cultures. Different cultural lenses, such as socio-economic status, cultural heritage and residential environment are used to explore landscapes. Issues, including invasive species, water management and the social benefits of gardens provide opportunities for discussion and problem solving.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University History Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group B
Global Studies Minor
UNIV 370-029: Study Abroad - Brazil PLSC (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged.

For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please send a copy of your official transcript to: IGS, Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716 USA.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $2,035.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,385.00$6,404.00
Final Program Fee$3,950.00$3,950.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$6,365.00$10,384.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$2,035.00$2,035.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onSeptember 20, 2019
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedSeptember 30, 2019
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-October
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Susan Barton
Faculty Director
Plant and Soil Sciences
146 Townsend Hall
Anna Wik
Faculty Director
Plant and Soil Sciences
140 Townsend Hall

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.