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UMD-Spring Break: Brazil Embedded Course- A Comparative Study between U.S. Business and Business in Brazil (BMGT/LASC)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Terms offered: 
Spring Break
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Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
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Brazil BMGT
This Smith undergraduate global course is a full semester course with an embedded spring break field component. Students will have several class meetings before spring break, travel to Brazil for their applied field component during spring break, then return to multiple class meetings before the end of the semester.  
This 3-credit course will explore business in Brazil from an economic and financial standpoint. Students will compare business in Brazil to business in the U.S. primarily through research on economic and financial factors. Students will meet with top government officials, senior executives and industry experts during visits to a variety of businesses – in differing industries, U.S. companies doing business in Brazil, local and global Brazilian companies and financial institutions. These visits will provide students with a better understanding of market entry strategies, government procedures, business practices and specific business opportunities in Brazil, skills which are transferable to doing business in a variety of locations around the world. Substantive presentations in Brazil would give students an understanding of differing views on topics such as international financial arrangements, trade policies, taxation and government spending policies, government subsidies, and demographic and labor market issues including immigration. Find out more about the Smith Undergraduate Global Business Courses here
Experiencing the complexity of the culture and appreciating the beauty of the natural countryside is an integral part of having an understanding Brazil, the largest and most populous country in South America. To enhance the immersion experience, there is a planned visit to Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio, one of the 7 new wonders of the world and a tour of Sao Paolo, among other experiential opportunities.
BMGT students who have not studied abroad before at UMD are eligible for a $600 scholarship! Please visit the financing study abroad page for information.

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.

UMD freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply. 

Please note that Business in Brazil: A Comparative Study with US Business (BMGT448P) is a full-semester Smith Undergraduate Global Business Course. Students are required to attend all class sessions before and after the in-country field experience. 
On-campus dates: 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7 (time and location TBA) 

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 one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • BMGT448P: A Comparative Study with U.S. Business
  • LASC448P: A Comparative Study with U.S. Business

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

 While in Brazil, students will stay in double rooms in 4 star hotels in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. 

Costs are current for spring break 2018.

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 $23
Tuition $1,627
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 $940
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $200
Visa $160
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,500
Course Materials TBD
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $100
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) TBD

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.

Faculty co-leader: Susan White
Faculty co-leader: Karen Hallows

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. General questions should go to Greg Rafal, Program Manager.

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

  • Visit to Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio, one of the 7 new wonders of the world
  • Tour and picnic in Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paolo
  • Meetings with top government officials, senior executives and industry experts
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring Break 2018 12/01/2017 10/11/2017 03/17/2018 03/24/2018
Please note that this is a full-semester BMGT course. Travel dates: March 17-24, 2018. On-campus dates: 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7 (time and location TBA)