Fairfield University in Campos, Brazil

UNIVERSITY: Fairfield University

PROGRAM_NAME: Fairfield University in Campos, Brazil

LOCATION: Campos dos Goyatacazes, Brazil

PROGRAM_DESCRIPTION: WHY BRAZIL? Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world both in area and population and has the 7th largest world economy. It has a rich heritage derived from the Portuguese culture but also strongly influenced by African, Indigenous Amerindians, and non-Portuguese European cultures especially German and Italian. Brazil represents a unique culture within the context of its South American neighbors, which is reflected by its own language, Brazilian Portuguese. Campos dos Goytacazes, the third largest city in the state of Rio de Janeiro, is located about 3 hours northeast of Rio de Janeiro. Campos, as it is commonly called, is one of the most important commercial cities in the State of Rio de Janerio. Sugar cane is a major product of the region and the deep-water fields of the Campos basin form the largest Brazilian oil reserves. Thus, Campos’ nickname, “The Capital of Sugar and Oil” is justly earned. The beautiful tropical climate provides year round outdoor living and with the Brazilian Atlantic ocean beaches only thirty minutes away it is a perfect location to study and experience the Brazilian culture.

PROGRAM__HIGHLIGHTS: ACADEMIC OVERVIEW Students take courses at the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense (UENF). Located in Campos, UENF was founded in 1993 and established as an innovative model formed around interdisciplinary laboratories and research centers. The Brazilian Ministry of Education listed UENF as one of the most highly ranked universities for its quality of programs, faculty, and student population. UENF classes are taught by highly qualified faculty, most holding the highest degree in their field, with strong research interests and credentials. Currently, UENF has 4,000 students. UENF’s focus on interdisciplinary science education includes 13 graduate programs and 17 undergraduate programs housed within four schools. Three of its four centers of academic excellence focus on various scientific disciplines while the fourth is centered on humanities and social science research. This semester-long program begins with an intensive immersion into the culture and environment of the Atlantic rainfore
st coast of Rio de Janiero state. With its development in agriculture, business, energy, and exports, the landscape is changing rapidly. After spending four weeks developing a level of comprehension of both written and conversational Portuguese, students will dive into their self-chosen
suite of courses that are intended to immerse them in the issues both positive and negative of the rapidly changing Atlantic coast ecosystem surrounding UENF. A wide range of classes from the UENF curriculum have been chosen to allow students to self design a challenging but incredibly rich experience under the tropical sun! Students will earn Fairfield University credit and grades, which will be reported on a Fairfield University transcript. Student may take up to 18 undergraduate credits.

– Five to six undergraduate courses at UENF -15-18 credits
– Intensive Portuguese language pre-course (starts four weeks before regularly scheduled classes)
– On-site student support with 24-hour emergency coverage
– Transportation to and from Rio airport
– Living accommodations in shared rooms with cooking facilities or host family accommodations
– Orientation program including excursions
– Social and Cultural Activities
– Brazilian Student Language Partner
– Volunteer Opportunities
– Health Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical evacuation insurance

TYPE: Direct Enrollment



ELIGIBILITY: Sophomore Standing, 2.8 GPA, 2 years of previous study in Spanish, French or Italian

CREDITS: 15-17

HOUSING: Apartments, Homestays

COST: Please ask your study abroad office

DEADLINE: October 1 (Spring), March 15 (Fall)

WHERE_TO_APPLY: https://fairfield.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10083&Type=O

LEAD_CONTACT: fcongin@fairfield.edu

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