Study Abroad

Each summer and intersession, students at Johns Hopkins University have the opportunity to study abroad in Brazil. Below, you can get a taste of the exciting adventures our students have had in Brazil in years past. To learn about upcoming study abroad programs, visit the Office of Study Abroad website.


2017 Salvador: Afro-Brazilian History and Culture

Study Afro-Brazilian culture and history while having a Portuguese language immersion experience in this rich agricultural, industrial, and vibrant maritime district. Take advantage of a unique opportunity to live and study in Salvador da Bahia, one of Brazil’s foremost cultural centers. Take a walk on the cobblestone streets of the restored Pelourinho district “old city” a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the largest group of Baroque buildings in the Americas, examples of Portuguese colonial architecture, and historical monuments. Join a street celebration and feel the infectious rhythms of Bahia’s African-inspired music and dance. Taste acaraje, moqueca, vatapa, and other delicious Afro-Brazilian dishes, all while earning 3 JHU credits!

See the schedule and syllabus.

​2016 Rio de Janeiro: Immersion Language Program

Improve your Portuguese speaking skills in the exhilarating metropolis of Rio de Janeiro! The program is based at IBEU in the beautiful, trendy area of Ipanema Beach. Students will work on their communication in Portuguese on a daily basis, participate in service learning opportunities, as well as attend cultural excursions as part of this course. Students of all majors are invited to join us on this amazing learning opportunity. One semester of Portuguese or two semesters of Spanish language is required.

See the schedule.

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2015 and 2016 Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte: Brazilian Culture and History

Improve your Portuguese language skills in an intensive program and learn about Brazilian culture in the exhilarating metropolis of Rio de Janeiro! The program is based at IBEU in the beautiful area of Copacabana Beach. Courses are taught by the IBEU language instructors and supervised by Johns Hopkins faculty (Dr. Flavia Azeredo-Cerqueira). Students will have Portuguese language class every morning, and their afternoons will be filled with cultural lectures, course-related field trips, course-related guided tours (in Portuguese), and other cultural activities to provide opportunities for students to strengthen their language skills and deepen their understanding of Brazilian language, history, and culture. The lectures include, for instance, the country’s preparations for the Olympic Games and the importance of soccer to its culture. Students will also have the opportunity to visit two important historic cities in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Petropolis and Paraty.

See the 2016 schedule and syllabus.

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