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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

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
378 - The Grand Forks Scheels Scholarship
314 - The YFU Americas Scholarship
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund
596 - Norbert Hardner Foundation International Exchange Scholarship

Learn more about scholarships

+ Programs & Tuition

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

+ 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 semester or 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 semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. 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 in May or June. Upon arrival in Brazil, students participate in a two-day orientation to prepare them for their time in Brazil. 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

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. 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 in May or June. Upon arrival in Brazil, students participate in a two-day orientation to prepare them for their time in Brazil. 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.

Special Program Offers

Year and semester students will also have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay in Brazil. 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 CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Winter Year 0648 late January early January $13,995
Year 0026 early August 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

Spring 2019 departure academic programs: January 1, 2001 - January 22, 2004. Fall 2019 departure academic programs: August 1, 2001- July 30, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program may 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. "Amazon Expedition" summer program does not have a host family homestay.

+ Semester Programs

YFU students can choose to begin their semester or 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 semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. 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 in May or June. Upon arrival in Brazil, students participate in a two-day orientation to prepare them for their time in Brazil. 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

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. 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 in May or June. Upon arrival in Brazil, students participate in a two-day orientation to prepare them for their time in Brazil. 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.

Special Program Offers

Year and semester students will also have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay in Brazil. 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 CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester 0138 early August early January $11,495
Spring Semester 0024 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

Spring 2019 departure academic programs: January 1, 2001 - January 22, 2004. Fall 2019 departure academic programs: August 1, 2001- July 30, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program may 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. "Amazon Expedition" summer program does not have a host family homestay.

+ Short Term - Amazon Expedition Program

Have you ever fished for piranha or swam with pink dolphins? Join students from around the world next summer as you explore the Amazon with expert local guides and meet with residents living along the Rio Negro.

Begin your experience in the city of Manaus and then board the program's riverboat, your home for the next few days as you travel along the river and learn about the environment, culture, and traditions of this unique part of the world.

Note to Educators

This program is also available for school and youth groups through YFU's Classroom Excursions program. Group options are available for fall breaks, January term, spring break, and summer vacation, from late May to late March. Groups smaller than 15 participants are also welcome to join the programs already running for individual sign-up, July 27 - August 5, 2019 or August 3 - August 12, 2019.

Amazon Expedition Tentative Itinerary

Tentative 2019 Program Dates: July 27 to August 5.

Day 1: Departure from U.S., Arrival in Manaus, meet group leaders, and transport to the hotel.
Day 2: Breakfast (included) and Arrival Orientation. Lunch on own at shopping mall and city tour of Manaus (Opera House, Rio Negro Palace, Fish Market, Handicraft Market, and Port). Dinner (included), Stay in hotel.
Day 3: Breakfast and check out. Private bus through the Amazon forest to Presidente Figueiredo village, lunch at lodge. Ecological trek with expert jungle guides to Maraoaga’s Cave. Learn about and observe the regional wildlife species. Dinner and folkloric show, learn choreography and train with a local dance team preparing for one of Brazil’s largest music festivals and parade. Stay at the lodge.
Day 4: Breakfast, Visit Sanctuary Waterfall and go for a swim. Board the riverboat for beginning of river and rainforest expedition. See the Meeting of the Waters, a natural wonder where the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões connect to form the Amazon River. Lunch on the boat while you hear traditional tales of the Amazon. Board motorized canoes to visit an ecological reserve of dry land forests, lowlands, and flooded forest, including a lake of giant water lilies. Dinner and evening on the boat, stay in hammocks on the boat.
Day 5: Traditional breakfast on the boat. Visit a local indigenous community and experience their daily life. Lunch on the boat and motorized canoe ride through a national park. Swimming and boating free time (paddle board, kayak, banana boat). At night, go alligator spotting by motor boat and enjoy dinner and stargazing, games and free time back on the riverboat. Stay in hammocks on the boat.
Day 6: Start your morning with some piranha fishing and have breakfast on the boat. Visit with local residents involved in the manufacturing of flour and tapioca and participate in a demonstration of the milling and preparation process. Learn about and taste unique fruits of the Amazon with lunch. Visit a village on the river to learn about local life and participate in a service project, such as infrastructure and hygiene projects or English education. Visit the school, play soccer and make handicrafts with the students. Dinner and stargazing, games and socializing back on the riverboat. Stay in hammocks on the boat.
Day 7: Traditional breakfast on the boat. Visit an educational conservation center to learn about and swim with the Amazon’s unique pink river dolphins. Have lunch on the boat and then go on a motorized canoe trip in search of local species, including sloth, anaconda, and monkeys. In the evening, gather for dinner and hear storytelling of regional legends. Stay in hammocks on the boat.
Day 8: Wake up early to watch sunrise. Traditional breakfast on the boat. Venture to a beach to swim or play a game of volleyball. Back on the boat, create handicrafts and beadwork after lunch. Spend the afternoon on a jungle trek, learning survival skills with specialized guides, including how to make fire, find food in the jungle, and make a zarabatana (blowgun.) Dinner and stargazing, games and socializing, stay in hammocks on the boat.
Day 9: Traditional breakfast on the boat. Canoe with the guides through creeks, flooded forests, and lakes. Explore the boat’s mini library of Amazon-specific literature, relax in the hammock, journal, play cards or hang out on the sundeck before lunch. Go on a bird watching tour. Dinner and stargazing, games and free time, stay in hammocks on the boat.
Day 10: Traditional breakfast on the boat. Give back to the Amazon by planting a tree and learning about how to reduce your carbon footprint. Lunch and dinner aboard the riverboat as you navigate back to Manaus. Transfer to airport. Depart Brazil on overnight flight.
Day 11: Return to U.S. in AM.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Amazon Expedition 1597 late July early August $3,995

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

Age Requirement

Spring 2019 departure academic programs: January 1, 2001 - January 22, 2004. Fall 2019 departure academic programs: August 1, 2001- July 30, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program may 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. "Amazon Expedition" summer program does not have a host family homestay.

+ 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.

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

Spring 2019 departure academic programs: January 1, 2001 - January 22, 2004. Fall 2019 departure academic programs: August 1, 2001- July 30, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program may 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. "Amazon Expedition" summer program does not have a host family homestay.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Summer Program 0022 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