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Tours and Field Studies for Florianópolis, Brazil

Optional tours and field studies are subject to change. Please contact us for more information.

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. Due to continually evolving COVID-19 regulations some tours and field studies may or may not be available during the term you choose to study abroad.

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 and the Ibirapuera Park, known as the green lung of Sao Paulo.

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 the 275 waterfalls, 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, a wildlife preservation park and a world-famous bird park.

Minas Gerais

This four-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.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. cycle

Spring: Open

2022-23 App. cycle

Summer Sessions: Open
Fall/Yearlong: Open
Spring: Open


Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type



US Credit

Program Capacity

60 students


English | Portuguese


BRASA: Brazilian Studies Association

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