About the Florianópolis, Brazil Program

The Florianópolis program is a USAC specialty program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.

About Florianópolis

  • Population: 480,000
  • Distance from Sao Paulo: 430 miles
  • Distance from Rio de Janeiro: 710 miles

Florianópolis is the capital of the state of Santa Catarina and consists of one main island and several smaller surrounding islands.

Florianópolis is the capital of the state of Santa ...

As the capital of the state of Santa Catarina in southeastern Brazil, Florianópolis is a bustling but relaxed city rich with history and culture. Called “Floripa” by locals, its beautiful weather, internationally known surfing waves, and island culture make it a wonderful destination for lovers of the outdoors. With an average temperature of 70°F, the sub-tropical climate lends itself perfectly to spending hours outside. (Just remember, since Brazil is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed from those in the United States.)

Floripa’s cultural and historical sites as well as venues for theatre, music, and sports are easily accessible and always interesting. Entertainment and nightlife is diverse and extensive. Students are sure to find many cozy cafes and entertaining night spots throughout the city, often featuring excellent live Brazilian music. Alongside the museums, churches, and walkways—built in traditional colonial style—students can hunt for hand-made arts and crafts, particularly in lace, glass, shells, and other local materials, for which Santa Catarina is renowned.