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UMD-Summer: Brazil: Ecology and Natural Resources Management (ENST)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Seropedica, Brazil
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Brazil ENST
The states of Maryland and Rio de Janeiro have been designated "Sister States" for over 50 years since the founding of the Partners of the Americas through a Kennedy initiative promoting exchange between the Americas. For more than 20 years students from the University of Maryland have visited the city, state and universities of Rio with alternating year visits of Rio students to Maryland. For Summer of 2017 a tour will expose students to the ecology and natural resources of the city and state of Rio which is home to the globally rare Atlantic Coastal Rainforest ecosystem. We will be guided by University of Maryland and Rio University professors and you will be exposed to a diversity of ecosystems including ocean coastal, estuarine and mountainous tropical rainforest inland parks supporting a vast array of rare and endangered species. You will be accompanying researchers on site visits detailing their scientific endeavors with endangered monkeys and dolphins. In addition, time will be spent at significant cultural (music, dance, food, art) and historical sites while also learning of the political and economic drivers of this fascinating place in Brazil, South America's largest economy and democracy.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

All students are eligible to apply to this program. 

An interview is required as a part of the application process. 

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following three (3) credit UMD course:

  • ENST 499P

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

You will stay in shared accommodations in hotels. 

The costs listed are for summer 2017.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $40
Tuition $960
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $0
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $150
Visa $160
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $800
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $50
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Dr. Peter May is the Program Director. He is a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology and a Senior Environmental Scientist at the environmental firm Biohabitats where he supports restoration work through ecological engineering and systems ecology. Dr. May is a board member of Maryland-Rio Partners of the Americas and has traveled to Brazil and conducted research on tropical stream systems in Rio, Amazonas and Bahia. He has led University of Maryland Students to Rio and has hosted Rio students for exchange trips in Maryland.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Scientist lead tours of radio telemetry research conducted on the endangered Golden Lion Tamerin monkeys in the Atlantic Coastal Rainforest and local dolphins in the estuaries. 
  • Interactions with university undergraduates from Rio on environment, history and cultural side trips.
  • Potential for developing relationships with Rio Universities for shared academic advancement through existing cooperative agreements with University of Maryland.
  • Greater understanding of the culture of Rio and its implications for environmental restoration and sustainable development.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2017 03/21/2017 03/11/2017 08/12/2017 08/25/2017