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Academics & Courses

Immerse yourself in the academic and social life of a Brazilian university on the Brazil Exchange Program. You will directly enroll at Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF) and take courses taught in Portuguese alongside Brazilian classmates. By the end of the semester, you’ll have an insider’s view of how a Brazilian education style is different from the typical style of the United States.

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UFJF is a large university offering undergraduate majors in more than 30 fields. You can choose among elective courses in a wide variety of subject areas in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. ACM students have taken courses in topics such as ceramics, Brazilian folklore, politics, anthropology of religion, Brazilian history, and chemistry.

The program begins with an intensive, two-week course in Portuguese language, along with an introduction to Brazilian culture, the city of Juiz de Fora, and the UFJF campus. Once the university semester begins, your Portuguese course will continue developing your proficiency in the language.

Along with taking courses in Portuguese, adapting to a learning environment that is similar to a graduate-level education in the US is one of the academic challenges—and rewards—of the program. Like your fellow students at UFJF, you will be expected to work independently outside of class, selecting and reading books and articles on your own. While it’s unlikely that you’ll have to complete weekly guideposts of assigned readings, quizzes, and other assessments, you have the opportunity to read widely on a particular topic of your choice.