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Brazil

From the samba-filled streets and sun-drenched beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the intricate web of rivers and jungles of the Amazon, there's always something new to explore in beautiful Brazil!

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Study in Brazil

From the samba-filled streets and sun-drenched beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the intricate web of rivers and jungles of the Amazon, there's always something new to explore in beautiful Brazil!

“YFU and Toyota Manufacturing blessed me, a small town girl from eastern Kentucky, with a rare opportunity to travel to and actually live in a foreign country. During that brief summer abroad, I tried new food dishes, exchanged ideas and opinions with my amazing host family, and explored new cities. The YFU program is much more than just an international trip...it is a chance to grow as person and can provide a springboard for future opportunities!”

- Jordan

+ More About Brazil

Olá! Travel to beautiful Brazil, a land of gorgeous climate and stunning scenery! Get a taste of the Brazilian culture by exploring all the country has to offer. From the samba-filled streets of Rio de Janeiro and the sun-drenched beaches of Copacabana to the rivers and jungles of the Amazon, Brazil will not disappoint you with its diverse geography and unique traditions.

While spending time with your host family, you'll have the chance to live like a Brazilian would. As in many Latin American families, meals are a social occasion for the immediate family and often the center of large family gatherings. Enjoy all the food that Brazil has to offer, like famous churrasco or feijoada - each dish more delicious than the last! Whether it's just you and your Brazilian family or a whole host of extended family and friends, you are likely to treasure these get-togethers as some of the many highlights of your YFU experience in Brazil.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to experience Brazilian culture. Brazil might be famous for Carnival, but that's not all this amazing country has to offer! If you're a music lover, you'll be thrilled with the diverse music scene in Brazil - and dancing is sure to go along with it! If sports are more your thing, futebol is the national pastime. After all, Pele and Ronaldinho hail from Brazil - so come and learn soccer from the best!

The quality of schools in Brazil is exceptional. The Brazilian education system is constantly improving, with programs that help improve teacher's skills. You can rest assured that even with all the fun you will be having, your exchange in Brazil will keep you academically challenged!

In addition to family events and gatherings, you will also enjoy other fun activities such as boating, volleyball, and basketball. More relaxing pastimes include trips to the beach, swimming in sparkling pools and waterfalls, or simply hanging out in a café and chatting with friends. No matter your interests, you can be sure that Brazil will have something for you!

Your exchange in Brazil will prove to be the adventure of a lifetime!

On-Line Resources

To learn even more about Brazil, we recommend:

  • Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, Portuguese language dictionaries, and many more country resources
  • Use an internet search engine to find informative websites
  • Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC website

+ Scholarships Available

Scholarships for 2020 programs have not yet been confirmed. Applications for 2020 Summer/Fall scholarships will open in the Fall of 2019. The YFU Financial Aid Fund can be applied to any program and will remain available for 2020 Spring programs until September 15. The YFU Legacy Grant can be applied to any program at any time of application. For more details on the Financial Aid Fund, Legacy Grant, and previous merit-based scholarships please visit our scholarships page.

Learn more about scholarship details and application deadlines.

+ Programs & Tuition

Winter Year: $13,995
Year: $13,995
Fall Semester: $11,495
Spring Semester: $11,495
Amazon Expedition: $3,995
Summer: $5,495

Applications for tuition based programs must be submitted by October 1 for winter/spring departure programs and March 15 for summer and fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon availability.

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. To learn more, visit the Embassy of Brazil website.

Additional Costs

Students are responsible for covering all costs associated with obtaining a visa and/or residence permit. Students will have to pay a fee to register with the Federal Police upon arrival. Students must also cover the cost of textbooks and a school uniform if necessary. Program tuition does not include personal spending money.

Important Information

YFU Brazil cannot guarantee that students will be able to obtain a report card or transcript from their local Brazilian high school. However, the schools should at least be able to provide a letter certifying attendance.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Programs

YFU students can choose to begin their year-long exchange program in either January or August. During your time in Brazil, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school. Brazil is a large and diverse country and while YFU students may be placed anywhere in the country, all students are sure to expect warm and welcoming host families. Part of your experience will be:

School

You'll find that your school in Brazil will be academically challenging, but also a great place to make friends! Because Brazil is in the southern hemisphere, school begins in February and goes until the following January. Students starting their program in August will begin at the second semester mark. Students enrolled in a private school may be require to pay an additional enrollment fee. YFU will contact the student and natural parents prior to enrolling a student in a private high school with tuition.

Orientations

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July (or early December for Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation along with their families in May or June.

While in Brazil, students will have an arrival orientation, mid-year orientation, and at the end of the program, students come together for a re-entry orientation to reflect on their experiences. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Extracurriculars

As high schools in Brazil do not typically offer extracurriculars, students are encouraged to join private institutions that offer courses such as languages, sports, karate, aerobics, musical instruments, drama, etc.

Optional Excursions

Year program students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

Cultural Trip: A few trips are arranged by a travel agency that specializes in excursions for exchange students and have included tours of Pantanal and Bonito, the Northeast coast, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Iguaçu Falls, southern Brazil, and the Amazon. Each trip varies in cost, depending on the distance and length of the trip, and requires your host family's permission, but most are generally offered during school holidays. All will offer you the opportunity to see a unique and different part of Brazil from your homestay location, richening your experience and offering a deeper understanding of the country. More information about these trips will be provided upon arrival in Brazil.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year Early August Early July $13,995
Spring Year Late January Early January $13,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Brazilian high school (excluding summer students)
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Brazil Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departures: Students born July 31, 2002 - January 1, 2006
  • 2020 Spring Departures: Students born January 1, 2002 - January 21, 2005
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Portuguese. Previous language study is not required.

Host Family Placement

YFU host families may be anywhere in the country, in small towns, rural, or suburban areas. Students are rarely placed in large urban centers.

+ Semester Programs

YFU students can choose to begin their semester exchange program in either January or August. During your time in Brazil, you will live with a host family and attend a local high school. Brazil is a large and diverse country and while YFU students may be placed anywhere in the country, all students are sure to expect warm and welcoming host families. Part of your experience will be:

School

You'll find that your school in Brazil will be academically challenging, but also a great place to make friends! Because Brazil is in the southern hemisphere, school begins in February and goes until the following January. Students starting their program in August will begin at the second semester mark. Students enrolled in a private school may be require to pay an additional enrollment fee. YFU will contact the student and natural parents prior to enrolling a student in a private high school with tuition.

Orientations

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July (or early December for Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation along with their families in May or June.

While in Brazil, students will have an arrival orientation, mid-year orientation, and at the end of the program, students come together for a re-entry orientation to reflect on their experiences. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Extracurriculars

As high schools in Brazil do not typically offer extracurriculars, students are encouraged to join private institutions that offer courses such as languages, sports, karate, aerobics, musical instruments, drama, etc.

Optional Excursions

Year program students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

Cultural Trip: A few trips are arranged by a travel agency that specializes in excursions for exchange students and have included tours of Pantanal and Bonito, the Northeast coast, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Iguaçu Falls, southern Brazil, and the Amazon. Each trip varies in cost, depending on the distance and length of the trip, and requires your host family's permission, but most are generally offered during school holidays. All will offer you the opportunity to see a unique and different part of Brazil from your homestay location, richening your experience and offering a deeper understanding of the country. More information about these trips will be provided upon arrival in Brazil.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester Early August Early January $11,495
Spring Semester Late January Early July $11,495

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Brazilian high school (excluding summer students)
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Brazil Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departures: Students born July 31, 2002 - January 1, 2006
  • 2020 Spring Departures: Students born January 1, 2002 - January 21, 2005
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Portuguese. Previous language study is not required.

Host Family Placement

YFU host families may be anywhere in the country, in small towns, rural, or suburban areas. Students are rarely placed in large urban centers.

+ Summer Program

The YFU Brazil summer program (which is actually winter time in the Southern Hemisphere) allows you to spend a month getting to know this fascinating and complex multicultural society while living with a host family.

Discover Brazil

Soccer fan? Imagine playing the game in the country with the most World Cup wins. Foodie? Make sure to taste feijoada, moqueca, vatapá, and of course visit a churrascaria! Music lover? Brazil boasts a multitude of genres from samba to bossa nova that will have you singing and dancing along in no time. Take the time to make the trip and you will leave with a new perspective and experiences to last a lifetime.

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Summer Departures: Students born June 10, 2002 - June 20, 2004
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Portuguese. Previous language study is not required.

Host Family Placement

YFU host families may be anywhere in the country, in small towns, rural, or suburban areas. Students are rarely placed in large urban centers.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Summer Program Late June Late July $5,495

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Brazil Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance