Tours and Field Studies for Florianópolis, Brazil

USAC encourages every student to participate in the tours; however, they are optional and have an additional fee. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.

The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics.

São Paulo

This three-day tour gives you the chance to visit the dynamic and diverse city of São Paulo, a world leader in business and culture, and the largest city in South America. It offers an excellent contrast to the calm of Florianópolis and you'll get to visit the best of the city sights, including the world famous Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) museum.

Minas Gerais

This five-day tour will take you to the colonial heart of Brazil. You'll visit the stunning historical towns of Ouro Preto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as Mariana, Tiradentes, and surrounding areas. You'll learn about the gold rush here and the welath of art and architecture that followed. The tour will also include a visit to the fascinating ecological park and contemporary art center, Inhotim.

Iguaçu Falls and Argentina

On this five-day tour you’ll visit one of the greatest destinations in South America, Iguaçu Falls, on both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides. Two days will be spent exploring this great waterfall, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, including an exciting boat trip to get right up to the heart of the falls. You’ll also go to some fascinating sites in both Brazil and Argentina, including the historic Jesuit Missions, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Guarani Indigenous Village, and a world-famous bird park.

Minas Gerais

This five-day tour will take students to the colonial heart of Brazil. You will be met at the airport in Belo Horizonte at the start of the Spring semester. There you will visit the beautiful historical towns of Ouro Preto, Congonhas, Tiradentes, and surrounding areas. Ouro Preto and Congonhas are UNESCO World Heritage Sites which feature colorful Baroque architecture dating back to their mining booms in the eighteenth century, set in a stunning backdrop of rolling hills. Tiradentes was home to the mythical leader of Brazil's first Independence Movement and today is a delightful town which offers a look into the country's colonial past, with cobbled streets, horse-drawn carriages, and a stream train.The tour will also include a visit to the fascinating ecological park and contemporary art center, Inhotim, which exhibits a variety of Brazilian and international modern art in a gorgeous natural setting.