Students on the Brazil program have the best of all worlds—immersion in Brazilian culture and the Portuguese language, direct enrollment at the University of São Paulo (Universidade de São Paulo, USP) and the support they need to navigate Brazil’s biggest city and thrive at its most prestigious university. Students do this through the support of on-site staff, a pre-semester, intensive Portuguese course, a homestay experience and a Dickinson core course that helps students grapple with the complexities of Brazil from an interdisciplinary perspective. Dickinson in Brazil is offered in cooperation with CET Academic Programs.

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The University of São Paulo is the largest Brazilian public university and the country's most prestigious educational institution. 



  • Pre-semester language course
  • Experiential, interdisciplinary Dickinson core course taught by the resident director
  • Direct enroll in courses at the prestigious University of São Paulo
  • Brazilian host family


The University of São Paulo (Universidade de São Paulo, USP) is a public university in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. It is the largest Brazilian public university and the country’s most prestigious educational institution and holds a high reputation among world universities. USP is involved in teaching, research and university extension in all areas of knowledge. 

Upon arriving, students enroll in a three-week intensive pre-semester Portuguese course taught by CET faculty. During the semester, students will enroll in the Dickinson core course, LALC 204 / PORT 240: Brazil in a Latin American Context, taught by the resident director, and direct-enroll in two to three courses at USP, which offers a broad range of courses. Students can take a variety of courses in the sciences, social sciences and humanities that are complimentary to the Dickinson curriculum. 


This academic program is enhanced by various day and overnight excursions to areas of cultural, political and historical interest, including Salvador, Bahia. These excursions are tied to components of the core course. 


Students live with homestay families and are located throughout São Paulo. Host families provide students with two meals a day. Students receive a stipend for the remaining meals. The host families offer students the opportunity to discover Brazilian culture through their daily lives. 


Students are supported on-site by Resident Director Giselda Pereira, as well as by CET on-site staff throughout the semester. 



Academic Year, Fall, Spring 

Academic Year: Early July to late June. Applications are due by February 25 
Fall: Early July to mid-December. Applications are due by February 25. 
Spring: Early January to late June. Applications are due by September 21. 


2.8 GPA

Three semesters of Portuguese or four semesters of Spanish (no Portuguese required). Students who only have two semesters of Portuguese may be eligible if they can demonstrate proficiency in another Romance language. 


Giselda Pereira   

Dickinson Majors that are a good fit for Dickinson in Brazil

Open to all majors. 

Non-Dickinson Student Information

This program is open for non-Dickinson students. Contact Marissa Mitchell (, in the Center for Global Study and Engagement, with any questions about this program. More information on programs available to non-Dickinson students can be found here


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