HSS Study Abroad 2020

Study Abroad: Brazil 2020

Summer 2020 Study Abroad canceled due to health and safety concerns

About the Program


As the largest and most populous country in Latin America, Brazil is home to a wealth of indigenous and immigrant cultures, as well as the most biologically diverse tropical ecosystems on Earth. Through discussions, excursions, and service-learning experiences, we delve into the geography and history of the northeast of Brazil, including Salvador, the colonial capital of the country. We investigate the use of ecotourism as a tool for sustainable development at the Praia do Forte sea turtle project and in the awe-inspiring Diamond Plateau National Park. Finally, we explore the relationship between people and nature on the Amazon River.


River in Salvador, Brazil flowing through the jungle.


Program Highlights

  • Earn 6 units of upper division CSUF course credit
  • Many program fieldtrips and social engagement activities such as:
    • Salvador, Bahia, founded in 1549 and known as America’s “Black Rome”
    • A gastronomy tour
    • The Pelourinho neighborhood, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre
    • Projeto TAMAR, marine turtle protection project
    • Explore Poço Azul and Poço Encantado, subsurface limestone lakes
    • Hike up Pai Inacio, a spectacular sandstone mesa
    • Plant tropical tree seedlings in a burned-over forest
    • Boat to the confluence of the Amazon River and the Rio Negro
    • Visit the “Monkey Forest”
    • Explore the local forests and savannas for wild foods and medicines


Salvador, Brazil


Why I Studied Abroad

"Do it! If you are thinking about studying abroad - do it! You will not regret it. It changed the way I see the world and was a better experience than I could have even imagined. I’m definitely going back to Brazil again someday, and I’ll definitely be studying abroad again."

- Eugenio Rivera, Summer 2015

Photos from Abroad

Collage of student snapshots

Instagram Photos by Alumni


GEOG 373: Global Cuisines (3 units) [GE – E]

This course explores the origin and function of food plants and animals, with a special emphasis on foods native to Brazil. We investigate the significance of native cuisines as well as foods and food traditions that arrived from Europe, Africa, and Asia.

GEOG 333: Latin America (3 units) [GE D.4]

This course examines the relationship between nature and culture in Latin America.  With an emphasis on Brazil, we explore the region’s principal environmental and social challenges, including population, urbanization, ethnicity, religious diversity, and environmental degradation. We investigate in particular the model of ecotourism as a tool for sustainable development.


Lencois, Brazil



Program Fee




Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available to qualifying students. Follow these links to learn more!


Scholarships for All Students


Scholarships for HSS Majors and Minors


Financial Aid



Manaus, Brazil.



Exploration Events and Information Sessions

For more information you can contact Jaycee Cover to schedule an appointment at jcover@fullerton.edu, stop by the Student Success Center in room H-112, 8am-5pm M-F or come to any one of our information sessions held in H-112.


Brazil Application


Questions? Contact Jaycee Cover at (657) 278-2070 or jcover@fullerton.edu


Photo Credits: Museu de Arte Moderna by Halley Pacheco de Oliveira, CC BY-SA 3.0. Cristor Redentor by Chensiyuan, CC BY-SA 4.0 Brazil pet on shoulder by Jonathas Rodrigues, CC BY-SA 2.0. Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas by Halley Pacheco de Oliveira, CC BY 3.0.

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