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Welcome to Brazil

Known for fanatics of football (that’s soccer, to Americans), beautiful beaches – and beautiful people inhabiting those beaches – and diverse flora and fauna, Brazil is an exciting and exotic destination. It is a country as large as the continental United States, possessing tremendous natural resources and a population of 180 million, densely concentrated in cities on the coast. The interior holds the Amazon Rain Forest and the world’s most extensive river system.

Brazil has plenty of potential for tourists – whether they’re seeking relaxation in tropical paradise or adventure in the unexplored and untouched areas of the rainforest, Brazil will certainly fulfill their fantasies.


Brazil has a tropical climate. Precipitation is high, especially in the Amazon Basin.


The largest Portuguese-speaking nation and the fifth-largest country in the world, Brazil has made significant strides in science and technology in the last century. Its top universities are best known for their engineering and information technology departments. Brazil has many internationally-recognized federal, state and private universities. Public universities are generally the best in Brazil.

Brazil’s top-ranking public universities include the University of Campinas, ranked in the top 300 worldwide by QS and SJTU, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Universidade Estaduo Paulista, and the prestigious University of São Paulo,which is placed in the top 200 of world universities by SJTU and QS. A well known private school is the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

Religion and Festivals

Celebrated forty days before Easter and preceding the forty-day period of Lent, Carnival signifies the last chance to overindulge before the religious holidays. The spectacular event showcases elaborate floats and thousands of singers and dancers wearing outrageous costumes (or perhaps nothing at all).Catholicism is the predominant religion,and Protestant denominations account for the other major religions.


Major international airports are located at Sao Paulo and Rio DeJaneiro. Within the country, long distances often call for domestic flights.Several of the largest urban areas, including Sao Paulo, Rio, and Recife, offer inter city rails. Additionally, travel by bus is popular within and between cities.

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Funding & Scholarship Opportunities

There are many scholarships to fund your study abroad experience. Here is a list of Diversity Abroad scholarships available for study in this country:

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship
Diversity Network Summer Scholarship
Diversity Abroad & CISI Planning Scholarship

For more scholarships, visit Scholarships for Study Abroad in Brazil

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Staying Healthy & Safe in Brazil

A couple of important links to help you stay healthly and secure while traveling to Brazil:

Health & Safety Information for Travel to Brazil

Brazil Safety & Security Overview

For Alumni

If you have studied abroad in Brazil, consider creating a profile and sharing your experience. What you have to say could help inspire another student considering studying abroad. You can also submit an article to be considered for publication on our website. Contact us at content@diversitabroad.org for more information!

Create A Diversity Abroad Profile

Also, here are some links to potential opportunities for students who have studied abroad and graduates interested in work opportunities in Brazil.

Teach Abroad in Brazil
Intern Abroad in Brazil
Volunteer Abroad in Brazil

Diversity Guide to Brazil

Tips for Students with Disabilities

Students with physical disabilities may want to contact their program organizers to confirm accessibility throughout their campus and living quarters as there may be a lack of ramps, and sometimes even sidewalks. However, due to the recent World Up 2014 summer games, and the upcoming 2016 Olympics, students can expect an increase in infrastructure support in larger cities and metropolitan areas.

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Make plans to see Christ the Redeemer, the must-see sight in Rio De Janiero. And if you can score tickets, be sure to catch the national team play in a soccer match.

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