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  • Locations: Recife, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: U of A applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Sarah Malloy Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: U of A Faculty-Led
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: 0 none
Language Courses Offered: NO Credit Type: U of A Credit
Open to non-U of A students?: NO Credit Hours Available: 6 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Business (Economics), Business (General), Business (Supply Chain Mgmt) Program Duration: 3 weeks
Open to Graduate Students?: YES
Program Description:

Christ the Redeemer


Applications are now open for the Summer 2018 term.

Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin. When your application is completed, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision through the HogsAbroad portal.

If you don't yet have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application today.


3Brazil is a great country to go on a study abroad program for two key reasons:
First, it is very relevant from a business perspective. Brazil is one of the world’s largest economies, where several US companies operate (including many of your prospective employers, such as Walmart and several global suppliers). Students will learn about a country that is valued by their prospective employers.
Second, it is a beautiful place to visit, with warm and happy people, great food and music, gorgeous beaches, historical sites, and lots of fun!
The program will take place in two locations: Rio de Janeiro and Recife. These two beautiful cities are located on the coast in two important regions of the country: the southeast (the most developed in the country), and the northeast (the “Brazilian China”, the region with the fastest economic growth in the country). By spending more time in two locations, students will become truly acquainted with different neighborhoods and experience the Brazilian lifestyle, where people do mix business and pleasure!


The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the socio-economic, business, and cultural environments in Brazil, allowing students to be conversant in these three domains and to be able to compare and contrast the Brazilian and US practices. Instruction is in English and the course will be guided by U of A faculty with guest lecturers from the business, academic, and political communities. Field trips include visits to business enterprises, as well as historical and cultural attractions. The program includes a 9-hour preparatory meeting at WCOB, giving students a background in Brazil's history, geography, current business, political, and cultural environments, as well as some basic communication in Portuguese. The course is targeted to both graduate and undergraduate students.

Listen to students Stefan Trim and Eric Ableitner discuss their study abroad trip to Brazil!


Students must:
  • Students must have completed the WCOB pre-business core by the beginning of the program abroad
  • Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5* or better at the time of application.
  • Students will be selected based on academic progress (order of preference will be graduate students, seniors, juniors), the merits of their application, and GPA.
  • Actively participate in ALL group meetings held throughout the spring as part of the preparation for the program
  • Students must display an academic record demonstrating maturity in an interview with the faculty trip leader
*Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college. 


6Program Duration:  Three preparatory meetings in April + travel dates 

Credit Hours:  Six (6) credit hours

Transcript Issued By: University of Arkansas

Courses Offered at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels
                  WCOB 230V  and 330V (6 credits; UGRD)
                  ECON 636V (3-6 credits; GRAD) 

International Business Seminar: Brazil Study Abroad

This course will familiarize students with the socio-economic, business, and cultural environments in Brazil, comparing and contrasting with US practices. Courses will be taught in English and do not require any prior study of Portuguese. 

Instruction will include both classroom and extramural activities. The course will be guided by U of A faculty with guest lecturers from the business, academic, and political community.  The course will also emphasize incubating networking opportunities with the academic and business communities. 

The program includes a preparatory course during the spring semester at WCOB, giving students a background in Brazil’s history, as well as current business, political, and cultural environments and some basic communication in Portuguese.

READINGS: Primary reading assignments will be available online and distributed electronically. Additional reading material and references will be provided.
ASSESSMENTS: Students will have reading assignments prior to the pre-departure meetings, an exam at the end of the second week, and a group project focused on a business topic of interest to the student. It will allow students to immerse in understanding a business area in Brazil.


Participants will stay in suitable hotels in excellent locations in Rio de Janeiro and Recife.


Students will have the opportunity to go on visits to business enterprises and cultural attractions in Rio de Janeiro (e.g. Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer) and Recife (Porto de Galinhas Beach and the historic town of Olinda).


Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.

In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully:

U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website.
This list is not comprehensive.


For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.

For additional information about courses or program content, contact:

Adriana Rossiter-Hofer
Department of Supply Chain Management


FunCheck out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad! 
WCOB Brazil_info sheet.pdf

"This trip was an experience like no other I have ever gad in my life. Brazil culture is amazing and hard not to fall in love with!"

"I got an understanding of foreign business and culture that I could not have gotten at home."


Ryan Backs, summer 2015
Kathleen Wilson, summer 2015

This program is currently not accepting applications.