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  • Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

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Rio de Janeiro, with more than six million people, is the second largest city in Brazil and is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Home to Carnival, samba, bossa nova, and the world famous beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon, the city boasts other famous landmarks such as the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountains, and has played recent host to the FIFA World Cup and the Summer Olympics. Originally settled by Brazil, Rio became the faraway capital of the Portuguese Empire until Brazil fought for their independence in the early 1800s. Now, it's home to many national parks, museums, and resorts.

Things to Do and See:
Christ the Redeemer statue; Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches; cable cars to Sugarloaf Mountain;, Parque Nacional, the world's largest urban nature reserve; Botanical Garden; world-famous Maracana football (soccer) stadium.


Program Information:
The Rio de Janeiro program will include a W&M faculty-taught course entitled Rio de Janeiro:  Race, Music and Religious Expression in Brazil. Housing is close to many places to shop and dine, and has several grocery stores nearby. Breakfast is included in the cost of the program, along with meals on overnight excursions. 

Course Information:
All Summer 2020 students will be enrolled in: 
ANTH 350/LAS 300 Nature and Society in Rio de Janeiro (3 credits)
Students are required to take a Portuguese Language course (3 credits).  The language courses will be offered at the beginning level (MLL 110) and a Portuguese for Spanish speakers ( MDLL 110) will also be offered, provided there are students with Spanish language proficiency.  

There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance:  INTR 299 Study Abroad in Rio de Janeiro.  

This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Rio de Janeiro and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.

Courses are taught by W&M faculty and faculty through CIEE. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.

Program website

W&M faculty:
Bill Fisher
Associate Professor, Anthropology

Arrival date:  late May, 2020
Departure date:  late June, 2020

Application ($75*): February 3
Deposit ($600): March 6
Final payment: April 1

*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.

Program Fees:
2019 program fee:  $6750
2020 program fee:  TBA, November 2019
Students are responsible for airfare, visa (required for US citizens, approx. $170), and some meals.

Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program. 

All W&M students in good academic standing.

Click to view the Rio de Janeiro Handbook 2019
Click to view the Summer Program Handbook 2019

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.