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Brazil Global May Program

Program Highlights


May session 2015: May 6- June 3


OSU Sponsored




Sao Jose do Rio Preto
Sao Paulo

Academic Credit

Portuguese 2798.10

Application Deadline

January 19, 2015
Term: 1154


Open to all majors;
2.0 GPA or higher, must not have a current record action of "Warning," "Probation,"or "Probation by Special Action";
Preference for first and second year undergraduates

Program Costs

Ohio State Tuition + $5,262 (See "Program Costs" Section for details)

Contact Information

Caitlin King (.1571)

Resident Directors

Lucia Costigan
Spanish & Portuguese


The Ohio State Global May study abroad program in Brazil is designed to offer a unique cultural experience for undergraduate students who wish to gain an experience with global diversity by living and learning in a foreign country. This program will introduce students to Brazilian history, culture, society and contemporary issues. Through coursework in the classroom as well as through experiential learning, students will gain a unique perspective of this emerging world power. This program is specifically designed for first and second year students of any major who are interested in learning about the global significance of Brazil.

Several field trips will introduce students to the history and culture of both the south and northeast of Brazil, as well as the natural environment of the areas. There will also be opportunities for students to collaborate, and interact with Brazilian university students to foster cross-cultural dialogue and engage in activities and service projects.


BrazilStudents participating in this program will have the opportunity to experience the geographical and cultural differences in Brazil and how it influences the social and economic aspects of this diverse country. The first portion of the program will be spent in the southeast region of Brazil in Sao Jose do Rio Preto, in the state of Sao Paulo. The second portion will take place in Salvador, in the northeast region of the country. The southeast of Brazil will feature a more affluent and industrialized culture, whereas the northeast will introduce students to the vibrant African and Indigenous traditions that help make Brazil so unique.

Courses and Credits

Admitted participants are required to register in three hours of Portuguese 2798.10 for May session. This course can be used to satisfy the Education Abroad Open Option GE.


Students will be housed in modest hotels in the Sao Paulo region and wll have homestay families for the Salvador portion of the program.

Program Costs

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $5,262 program fee. The program fee includes airfare, housing, required excursions, most meals and visa. It does not cover a passport or immunizations.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.

Application Information

Applicants must submit the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad Application online via Buckeyelink. Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed to your Statement of Account. The application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted or submit a written request to withdraw your application prior to the application deadline.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Special Petition Process

In the event that a U.S. Department of State travel warning is issued for this country, study abroad will be possible only by special petition.* If a travel warning exists at the time of acceptance, the petition must be included as part of the program acceptance materials. If a travel warning is issued after acceptance to the program, participants will be asked by their Office of International Affairs study abroad coordinator to submit a petition at that time. All petitions are reviewed by the International Travel Policy Committee and subject to approval by the Provost.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.

Ohio State Funding Opportunities: oia.osu.edu
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country specific information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
Brazilian Embassy, Washington D.C.: brasilemb.org
Brazil Global Gateway: go.osu.edu/BrazilGlobalGateway

Contact Us
Information about Getting Started sessions and study abroad coordinator advising hours can be viewed at http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html. Questions about study abroad programs can be directed to abroadadvisor@osu.edu. The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue.

*Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this handout, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the policy of Ohio State not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters of admission, employment, housing, or services in the educational programs which it administers in accordance with civil rights legislation.