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Brazil: Semester Exchange Program at UFJF

Juiz de Fora, Brazil


Study the arts, humanities, and sciences in Brazil. Directly enroll in courses at the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, live in an apartment with other students, and explore Brazil’s stunning natural landscapes. (This program is no longer offered)


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  • Fall semester (mid-July–mid-December)
  • Spring semester (mid-February–mid-July)

Who can apply

This exchange program in Brazil is only available to students from the 14 colleges in the ACM consortium.

Host institution

Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF)

Living arrangements

Students live in rental apartments in Juiz de Fora.

Courses & credits

Recommended credit is 16 semester credits or the equivalent. See course descriptions

  • Intensive Portuguese and Cultural Orientation to Brazil (two-week course prior to the beginning of the semester)
  • Portuguese language
  • Elective courses

Language requirement

Formal study of a foreign language — particularly Portuguese or another Romance language — and strong motivation to develop advanced level proficiency in Portuguese.


Program brochure

Application deadlines

If the deadline has passed and you are interested in applying, contact the ACM Office immediately. Late applications may be accepted on a space-available basis.

Explore the program

Completely immerse yourself in Brazilian society.

Through intensive Portuguese language study and your enrollment at Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), you will become a full-time resident of a bustling, international city in one of the world’s most prosperous countries.

Become a global citizen.

The Brazil Exchange program gives you the unique opportunity to explore a new region with a spirit of curiosity and independence. As you learn about Brazil, you will also learn more about yourself and your role in the greater global community.

Pursue subjects of your own interest.

UFJF offers a comprehensive set of course offerings across different academic disciplines. Whether you need to take a class in statistics or you’re interested in learning more about tourism in Brazil, you will have plenty of choices to fill your course schedule.

Once-in-a-lifetime experiences

Warren Takashima
Colorado College

My experience in Brazil was unforgettable. My host family was great and everyone I met was extremely receptive. Living in Brazil made me a better person and gave me a new outlook on the world.

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Eve Aguilar
Colorado College

When I arrived in Brazil, I knew less than ten words in Portuguese. Luckily, I caught on quickly and after about two months, I was completely conversational; after six months, I was fluent!

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Cameron Combs
Carleton College

My time in Juiz de Fora on the ACM Brazil Exchange program was a fun and rewarding experience. I lived in the center of town with a Brazilian medical school student who is now one of my close friends.

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