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Portuguese GE Language and Brazilian Culture in Curitiba, Brazil
Portuguese GE Language and Brazilian Culture in Curitiba CAPA

Brazilian Experience is offering a semester of cultural immersion in partnership with Ohio State University and the Federal University of Paraná, in Curitiba, Brazil.

Not only are the two universities partners, but Columbus and Curitiba are sister cities. In 2014 the two mayors signed a partnership of cooperation in different subjects, such as: innovation, sustainability, mobility, education, culture, urban planning and research.

Program length: Jan 15th, to Jun 22nd, 2018.

Application deadline: October 10th, 2017.



This program allows students to complete their GE requirement in foreign language in one semester.

The Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) is the oldest university in Brazil. In 2012, it celebrated 100 years of existence. The institution offers 113 graduation courses, 68 masters, 43 doctorate and 62 specialization programs, in various fields, in addition to medical residencies, technical courses and distance learning, with approximately 40,000 students.

Start date: January 14th, 2018

End date: June 22nd, 2018

Program length: 23 weeks



Emergency Portuguese + Celin and UFPR Campus Orientation 

January 15th – 18th: Emergency Portuguese – Tuesday to Friday – 3 hours/day, 9am-12pm, total of 12 hours


Regular courses

January 15th – March 13th: Monday to Friday – 3 hours/day, from 2-5pm, total of 90 hours, 6 credits

February 19th – 23rdCelin and UFPR Campus Orientation – Tuesday to Friday – 3 hours/day of orientation, total of 12h

March 22nd – May 15th: Monday to Friday – 3 hours/day, from 2-5pm, total of 90 hours, 6 credits





February 26th – June 22nd*: 3 hours a week, total of 45 hours, 3 credits each course.


Geography Department: Geography and cultures of Brazil – an introductory course


Tourism Department: Brazilian Tourism and Culture



Holidays and Recesses

Carnival: February 12th, – February 16th

Easter: March 30th

Labor Day: April 30th and May 1st

Corpus Christi: May 31st and June 1st


School breaks

March 14th – March 21st

April 23rd – April 27th CELPE-BRAS (Celin is a proctoring center for the Portuguese as a Foreign Language Proficiency Exam – CELPE-BRAS.)

*Course calendar and fees are subject to alterations



Requirements: University students should be mature, responsible, flexible and adaptable. Students must have a 2.7 cumulative GPA, 3.0 Portuguese GPA (if applicable) and no Portuguese language credit (OPTION 1) or completion of Portuguese 1101 or 5501 (OPTION 2).

Application deadline: October 1st, 2017, through completion of  both  Ohio State Education Abroad Application and Brazilian Experience online application form.



  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Intercultural orientation
  • Cultural activities with other exchange students
  • Monthly follow up meetings for reflection and coaching
  • Registration at the Federal Police (mandatory for student visa holders)
  • Full-time support from Brazilian Experience


Homestay placement includes

  • Search for accommodation. Home stays are individually interviewed and inspected by Brazilian Experience
  • Breakfast and dinner provided by the host family


One day Excursions

  • City Tour in Curitiba
  • Bike Tour
  • Wine and cheese tasting in Santa Felicidade
  • Largo da Ordem Open air market
  • Eye Museum
  • Train trip to Morretes


Not included

  • Flight tickets
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Personal expenses



Program fee: US$ 7510*


*The fees in USD are subject to change in case of abrupt currency oscillations. Those fees will be converted to BRL on the invoice date using the USD tourism conversion rate.


Payment schedule

As soon as we receive the student application we will send a US$ 150 invoice correspondent to an enrollment fee. This fee aims to assure the student commitment to the program and to cover the initial administrative costs of finding a suitable home stay for the candidate. This fee will not be refunded in case of cancellation or visa denial.

  • Upon homestay confirmation acceptance: program balance payment through PayPal due on January 6th.


Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation fees apply to the student:

1.1. Cancellations before arrival

1.1.1. Cancellation before placement: US$ 150

1.1.2. Cancellation after placement or visa denial: US$ 480

1.2. Cancellations after arrival: Once a Program has commenced, there will be no refund in case of cancellation.



Step 1 – Complete both  Ohio State Education Abroad Application and Brazilian Experience online application form and attach: copy of passport identification page and one picture of yourself. If applying for volunteer position: resume, cover letter. Once we receive applications and approve it our financial department sends an invoice through PayPal system, so students can pay using their credit card. The amount is converted to our local currency using the tourism conversion rate. Application process within Brazilian Experience

Step 2 – Pay US$150 non refundable deposit (deductible from support fee)

Step 3 – We will look for a homestay placement. The placement sheet will be sent directly to the student.

Step 4 – Celin will provide the visa documents to each student individually. Submit your visa documents to the nearest Brazilian consulate and receive your “temporary visa IV”.

Step 5 – Pay program balance.

Step 6 – Book your flights and prepare for a career lift off!


Click here to plan your stay.



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R. Cândido Mader, 81 – loja 01 – Juvevê
Curitiba-PR | Brasil
CEP: 80030-300
Tel: +55 (41) 3503-0209
Skype: brazilianexperience
E-mail: info@brazilianexperience.com.br

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