Study in Brazil

Fairfield University in coordination with the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) of the Department of Education is now offering a study abroad opportunity in Brazil! Fairfield has entered a consortium of universities including Universidade do Amazonas in Amazonas, Brazil and Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense, 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. To date Fairfield has sent more than 10 students to study abroad in Brazil and hosted 10 Brazilian students in exchange.

Experience the unique environment and culture

The curriculum at both of our partner institutions will introduce our students to the distinctive Brazilian environment, energetic culture, and vibrant lifestyle. Much of the coursework is accompanied by 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 the beautiful Brazilian coasts through visits with each host institution. 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.

Portuguese Language

In order to prepare students for this fall semester study experience, Fairfield offers introductory Portuguese each year prior to the term of travel. Our Portuguese instruction team is native Brazilian with several years of teaching experience. 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, our selected students will travel to Brazil a few weeks before the fall semester begins, to take an intensive Portuguese language course with language professors at the Universidade of Amazonas in Manaus.


Fairfield University students pay usual Fairfield tuition fees and areexpected to contribute to their living expenses (although living expenses are significantly less in Brazil than in Connecticut). The FIPSE grant provides for additional funds specifically for student mobility. Each student is eligible to receive $3,500 scholarship monies for additional in-country travel or to defer costs of airfare, ground transportation, accommodations, or food.

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