University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2018: Brazil BUAD/CRJU/HOSP/SOCI

Program Dates January 03, 2018 - January 31, 2018
This program is closed.

Program Overview This program's deadline has been changed to 10/12/2017.

Consider studying ecotourism and social problems in Brazil, a country that is well known for its multi-cultural society, diversity, and natural wonders. Brazil is part of a dynamic world economy and is rapidly transforming and adapting to new global opportunities/challenges in business as well as social issues. Although still considered a developing country, Brazil has the 5th largest economy in the world. This study abroad program provides a rare opportunity to examine a multi-cultural society with vast natural resources during their transformation. Among the world’s most popular destinations, students will enjoy the Amazon Rain forest, mega-biodiversity, and beautiful flora and fauna. Brazil is home to friendly people and diverse cultural areas and events including popular festivals, local cuisines, dance and music. Brazil has some densest urban complexes in the world, along with lands and people largely untouched by civilization. In the summer of 2016, the world’s eyes turned to Brazil for the Olympics.

The program begins in Rio de Janiero, travels to the Amazon, and concludes in the multi-cultural city of Salvador, which is one of the oldest cities in the Americas. Selected excursions and service-learning activities complement the course materials. Excursions explore Brazil’s culture, social problems, natural resources, and heritage, primarily via ecotourism, including a visit with natives in the Amazon that have lived in much the same way for eons. Brazil provides an excellent model for studying eco-tourism and entrepreneurship, and its cultural diversity and status as a developing nation dealing with a myriad of social issues also make it an excellent place to study social problems. There are a number of educational institutions and other social service agencies where we will conduct service learning that are involved in advancing the economic and cultural status of local communities in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Students will reside in modern tourist and eco-tourism hotels with a bed and breakfast plan.

Accommodations will be two students to a room. Some meals accompany selected excursions, but students will be responsible for the majority of their own lunches and dinners. Part of exploring a new country is trying different cuisines, and they vary across and within our destinations.

Whether you’re interested in culture, diversity, business, ecotourism, conservation, or even just the natural beauty of this country, there is something for every major in this vast land of continental size.

The Program Fee includes accomodations, some meals, all group excursions, in-country transportation and international medical insurance. Students will reside in double rooms in hotels.

The Program Fee does not include 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.

The program does not include 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 (August 2018). Directions on how to obtain a visa will be provided upon acceptance.

The program does not include the cost of the yellow fever vaccine (est. $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.

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.

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.
BUAD 355: Ecotourism Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
CRJU 467: Social Problems in Brazil (3 credits)
HOSP 355: Ecotourism Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
SOCI 467: Social Problems in Brazil (3 credits)
UNIV 370-122: Study Abroad - Brazil BUAD/SOCI/CRJU/HRIM (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,228.00$5,976.00
Final Program Fee$4,570.00$4,570.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $6,828.00$10,576.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,375.00$1,375.00

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.

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.

*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.

Contact Information:
Lana Harrison
Faculty Director
307 Smith Hall
Ali Poorani
Faculty Director
Hospitality Business Management
201 Raub Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on October 12, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on October 12, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 27, 2017

Interest Meetings:

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