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  • Locations: Minas Gerais, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sao Joao del Rei, Brazil; Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UGA applicants only
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 11/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Exchange Sponsor: UGA
Partner Institution: Universidade Federal de Sao Joao del-Rei (USFJ) (FICE: 920969) Type of Instruction: Internship, Lecture, Research/Fieldwork
Classes With: Local Students, UGA Students Language Program: Yes
Language of Instruction: Portuguese Taught By: Host Professor(s)
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Private Apartment
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: Yes College/School: Franklin
Academic Area: Accounting, Biological Science, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Engineering, Geography, Health and Physical Education, History, Journalism, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Theatre Participant Selection: Competitive
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 or above Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students
Type of Admission: By deadline only Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: No
Program Description:

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UGA Franklin, Portuguese Flagship Program at UFSJ - Semester 1

Ranked among Brazil's top Institutions of Higher Education and located a short distance from the state capital city of Belo Horizonte, UFSJ offers a wide selection of over 50 graduate and undergraduate courses in areas such as Health Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Music, Social Sciences, Engineering and Technology, and Basic Sciences.

Courses are taught on six different campuses, three of them located in São João del-Rei and the other three in the towns of Divinópolis, Ouro Branco, and Sete Lagoas. The University offers a stimulating environment for academic work, and at the same time, situated as it is in the historical heart of the state of Minas Gerais, it gives access to a range of cultural activities and attractions.

Program Location

The Federal University of São João del-Rei is located in São João del-Rei, in Minas Gerais, in the Southeast of Brazil. The town plays a very important role in the Brazilian cultural and artistic scene, as it was the cradle of the country's independence movement in colonial times and also is the homeland of great names such as President Tancredo Neves, the national hero Tiradentes and also Barbara Heliodora.

Contact Information
Dr. Robert Moser, Director
Associate Professor of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies

Kathleen Schmaltz, Associate Director

Ms. Colleen Larson
Global Education Advisor, Office of Global Engagement
Global Engagement Building
1324 S. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602
Schedule an OGE Exchange Advising Appointment - Zoom Appts Available

Academic Program

Courses in Portuguese language, Brazilian culture, service learning, internship, and courses in the following areas of study: business, journalism, history, economics, architecture & urbanism, applied arts (ceramics), physics, computer science, biology, accounting, production engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, philosophy, geography, literature, math, medicine, music, pedagogy, psychology, chemistry, theater, and animal husbandry. 

UFSJ Degree Information: 

Eligibility Requirements

Click here for enrollment details.

Program Itinerary

February - June 2020: 1st semester courses at UFSJ
July 2020: winter break in Brazil
August - December 2020: 2nd semester internship


There are no dorms or meal plans. Students live in "republicas," houses and apartments shared with Brazilian roommates. Students are responsible for their own meals. There is a "university restaurant" and a "cantina" on campus. 

Program Costs

Students pay normal UGA tuition and fees. There is also a PFP-specific program fee. 

Program Ratings:
Accuracy and usefulness of orientation materials:
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Academic quality, appropriateness of workload:
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Choice of location for excursions, field trips, site visits:
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Safety, cleanliness, comfort and appropriateness of housing:
1 2 3 4
Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture:
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Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture/people:
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Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program:
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Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns:
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Value of the program in relation to the cost:
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Overall quality of the program in relation to expectations:
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Program Reviews:
Spring 2017 Participant
Best program for the duration and scholarship offered

Spring 2017 Participant
All the places where I stayed were great

Spring 2016 Participant
Everyone should study abroad at least once in their life