Summer in Brazil

Largo do Paissandu in downtown São Paulo. Photo by 2016 participant Marianna Freitas.

Emory Brazilian Studies Program 2018

São Paulo, Brazil, July 8 - Aug. 4, 2018

Bem-vindos ao Brasil! In this program, you can experience immersion in Portuguese language and Brazilian culture in São Paulo, the largest metropolis in Latin America. You will spend four weeks taking Brazilian Cultural Imaginaries (HIST 330/PORT 330) and concurrently studying Portuguese language at the appropriate level. By living in the country itself, taking both courses, and participating in coordinated field trips, you will be immersed in the culture while building your linguistic, historical, cultural, and ethnographic knowledge.

Some of the planned excursions include visits to the Mercadão (largest commercial market in the city), Liberdade neighboorhood (home to many immigrant communities), as well as several museums and galleries.


All students enroll in two courses for a total of 8 credits.

  • Depending on their language level, students may take Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (PORT 111- 4 credits), or Mapping São Paulo through the Arts (PORT 211 or 311 - 4 credits). For information about language placement, please contact Prof. Katherine Ostrom at
  • All students take Brazilian Cultural Imaginaries (HIST 330/PORT 330), taught by Prof. Tom Rogers. 

GERs: PORT 111, 211, and 311 satisfy one semester of the HAL requirment. HIST 330/PORT 330 satisfies one semester of the HSC requirement.

PORT 211, 311, and 330 count for the major in Spanish and Portuguese or minor in Lusophone Studies. PORT 111 counts as an elective for the major in Spanish.


This program is open to Emory and non-Emory undergraduate students alike.

3.0 GPA is required but waivers may be requested.

Students who have taken at least one semester of Portuguese or have other relevant experience with the language will be given preference in program acceptance. 

Students with intermediate to advanced Spanish, having taken or tested out of Spanish 202, will also be considered.

If you have not studied Spanish or Portuguese at Emory, please take the Spanish Placement Exam; those who place into the SPAN 212 level or above have a sufficient level to take Portuguese for Spanish Speakers in Brazil. Contact Prof. Katherine Ostrom at for more information.

Program Activities/Excursions

The program will include a variety of cultural activities: film, theater, concerts, sports events, and visits to cultural sites and museums. (More information about program activities will be added soon.)

Costs and financial aid

  • Tuition (8 credits): $9744
  • Housing and insurance: $1120
  • Total cost: $10,864

Students who receive financial aid during the school year are also eligible for financial aid during the summer. Contact your financial aid advisor or attend the Summer Study Abroad Fair at Cox Ballroom on Nov. 14th to get a specific quote for your financial aid package.

Contact Kate Dawson ( at Emory College Study Abroad for information about a variety of summer scholarships, including the Gillman Scholarship for students who receive Pell Grants, and the Wendy Lowenstein-Sandler Grant for those who have not previously traveled abroad.

Application deadlines and procedures

  • You can complete your online application starting December 15, 2015. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible in order to guarantee placement.

  • The deadline for receipt of all applications is February 15, 2018.

  • Admittance to this program will be based on application date, academic record, and student interview.

  • You need to complete your applications through the Study Abroad website. Please see the page dedicated to this program for more specific information on application procedures.

Faculty and contact information

Prof. Katherine Ostrom has taught Spanish and Portuguese at Emory since 2011, served as Director of the Portuguese Program from 2012 to 2015, and is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Spanish major and minor. Her research is on contemporary Latin American culture with particular interest in representations of gender and sexuality in crime fiction and film. As a college student, she studied abroad on an intensive Portuguese language and Brazilian culture program in São Paulo and is excited to create a similarly impactful experience for her students. She will teach Portuguese 111, 211, and 311 along with Prof. Bibiana Silva, who taught Portuguese at Emory as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant in 2015-16 and in the São Paulo program in 2016. Contact Prof. Ostrom for more information about courses and scheduling at

Prof. Tom Rogers is an Associate Professor of History and specializes in modern Latin American history, labor and environmental history, and Afro-Latin American history. He is currently finishing his second book on Brazilian history, Agriculture’s Energy: Development and Hunger During Brazil’s Ethanol Boom. His courses at Emory include History 361, Brazil: Country of the Future, which he will teach spring 2018. He has spent significant amounts of time in Recife, São Paulo, and other parts of Brazil and was a guest lecturer for the 2016 program run by Profs. Jeffrey Lesser and Ana Teixeira. In summer 2018 he will teach the course on Brazilian Cultural Imaginaries (Portuguese 330/History 330). Contact Prof. Rogers at

For general administrative questions (application process, fees, tuition, financial aid, enrollment, etc.), contact Kate Dawson of Emory College Study Abroad at

Visit Emory College Study Abroad for more detailed information on the Emory Brazilian Studies Program.