University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2018: Brazil PLSC

Program Dates January 03, 2018 - January 28, 2018
This program is closed.

Program Overview Please note that First Semester Freshmen are eligible for participation and encouraged to apply to this program.

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 as witnessed in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

The Program Fee includes accommodations, all group excursions, about 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 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 required yellow fever vaccine (est. cost $150-$250). 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.

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. Students who have already taken PLSC 100 and/or 103 should contact the faculty directors to explore the possibility of independent study.
PLSC 100: Plants and Human Culture (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University History Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group B
  • Multicultural
  • Global Studies Minor
PLSC 103: Field Sketching of Landscape Plants (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Arts/Humanities Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group A
UNIV 370-029: Study Abroad - Brazil PLSC (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$3,875.00$3,875.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $6,133.00$9,881.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$2,200.00$2,200.00

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:
Susan Barton
Faculty Director
Plant and Soil Sciences
146 Townsend Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 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.