Fairfield University students can study in Brazil

Fairfield University, in coordination with the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) of the Department of Education, offers a study abroad opportunity in Brazil. Fairfield has recently entered a consortium of universities including:

  • Washington and Lee University in Virginia
  • Universidade do Amazonas in Amazonas
  • Brazil Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fairfield students are eligible to study at our partner institutions, participate in all university-sponsored events, and benefit from the expertise of well-recognized faculty abroad. Each Fairfield student studying in Brazil will work closely with our hosts, Professor Alexandre Rivas, UA and Professor Carlos Rezende, UNF.

Study the unique environment and culture

The jointly developed curriculum focuses on environmental studies and/or sciences with supporting experiences through faculty led field trips, internships, travel, and independent study. Each student will have the opportunity to explore the Amazon forest, Amazon river region, and beautiful Brazilian coasts through visits with each host institution. Other potential study and travel opportunities include:

  • The endangered Pantanal wetlands region
  • The southern highlands including the famous Iguacu falls
  • Numerous culture-rich cities, including Salvador, Ouro Preto, or Paraty, to name just a few

Students participating in the program will study one full semester at a Brazilian partner institution and receive Fairfield credit for their course work. A variety of courses are offered at each university and could possibly count for credit toward a student's major, minor, or core curriculum requirements.


In order to prepare students for this unique and challenging experience, Fairfield is offering introductory Portuguese during the spring term of each year prior to the term of travel, the following fall semester. Our Portuguese instruction team is native Brazilian with several years' experience teaching Portuguese in the United States. Brazilian exchange students will also be on campus each spring to interact with our students and prepare them for the new culture and lifestyle. In addition to the formal language training on campus, the students will travel to Brazil a few weeks before the fall semester is to begin to take an intensive Portuguese language course with language professors at their host institution.


Fairfield University students would pay usual Fairfield tuition fees and would be expected to contribute as much as they normally would for a semester's worth of room and board. The FIPSE grant provides for additional funds specifically for student mobility. Each student would be eligible to receive up to $3,000 scholarship monies for additional in-country travel or to defer costs of airfare, ground transportation, accommodations, or food.


Fairfield University, in conjunction with Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia, is currently formulating a 4-week, 6-credit study abroad at the University of Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil. Students will take 2 3- credit courses of their choice, taught by either U.S. professors with several years of experience of research in Brazil or Brazilian professors. All courses will be taught in English. Students will have the option of taking an additional course in Portuguese while in country.

Students seeking additional information may contact Dr. Dina Franceschi

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