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  • Locations: Sao Joao del Rei, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Program Category: UGA Exchange Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: No
Sponsor: UGA Partner Institution: Universidade Federal de Sao Joao del-Rei (USFJ) (FICE: 920969)
Type of Admission: By deadline only Participant Selection: Competitive
Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 11-20 students Type of Instruction: Internship, Lecture, Research/Fieldwork
Classes With: Local Students, UGA Students Taught By: Host Professor(s)
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
Language Program: Yes Language of Instruction: Portuguese
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 or above Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Private Apartment
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

Dr. Bruno Sales

Ms. Colleen Larson
Global Education Advisor, Office of Global Engagement
Global Engagement Building
1324 S. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602

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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

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Program Itinerary

February - July 2022: 1st semester: academic semester at UFSJ
August - December 2022: 2nd semester: virtual 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. 

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Program Reviews:
Spring 2017 Participant
All the places where I stayed were great

Spring 2017 Participant
Best program for the duration and scholarship offered

Spring 2017 Participant
While it had is ups and down, I would repeat the trip in a heartbeat. Not only did my Portuguese reach levels I didn't think possible, but I personally grew too.

This program is currently not accepting applications.