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Journey to Latin America - Brazil
Multiple Cities, Brazil (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Journey Programs Language of Instruction: English
Housing Type: Hotel or Guesthouse Study Abroad Adviser: Shanna Vincent
Study Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Program Description:
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Summer 2017 Highlights
  • Travel throughout Brazil with OU professors and other OU students
  • Earn 6 Upper Division General Education credits (6 hours of Western Civilization credit)
  • Use your banked hours and save on tuition/fees
  • PITF Airfare scholarship GUARANTEED for ALL Journey Program participants
  • Rolling admission begins November 16th
Program Requirements
In addition to meeting the study abroad eligibility requirements, you must also have:
  • Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
  • 1 recommendation letter from any OU professor
  • Visa
Program Overview
Journey programs are designed to fulfill General Education requirements while traveling throughout a country with OU professors and students. For this program, you will visit several important cities and sites within Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia.

Journey to Latin America: Brazil will offer the following two courses, both of which are approved for General Education credit. You are required to take both courses in order to participate in this program.
  • IAS/HIST 4513 - Intellectuals & Artists in Modern Latin America (Gen Ed Western Civ, taught by Professor James Cane-Carrasco)
  • HIST 4553 - Latin American Environmental History (Gen Ed Western Civ, taught by Professor Sterling Evans)
2017 Projected Dates
June 15-July 6, 2017 (subject to change)

Money Matters
The budget estimate for the 2017 Journey to Latin America: Brazil program is below; this budget does not include personal expenses.

  • OU Tuition & Fees - normal in-state or out-of-state rate (financial aid, scholarships and/or banked hours may apply)
  • Program Fee - $3800 (includes housing, in-country travel, and most meals) 
    • 1st payment = $500 nonrefundable deposit due with program acceptance ($250 for students who meet high financial need criteria)
    • 2nd payment = $1750 nonrefundable program fee payment due March 9, 2017
    • 3rd payment = $1750 nonrefundable program fee payment due April 6, 2017
  • Airfare - ~$2000 (All Journey to Brazil students will receive a PITF scholarship of varying amounts to help with the cost of airfare)
  • Visa - As a special benefit for Summer 2017, the visa for Journey to Brazil students will be included in the program fee; more information and guidance on the visa process will be provided by your OU study abroad adviser
  • Education Abroad Application Fee - $50 (charged to your Bursar account)
There are also a number of scholarships available for study abroad students, including but not limited to the following:
  • Presidential International Travel Fellowship - $500 award guaranteed with application; can apply for up to full cost of airfare
  • CASH - OU academic and study abroad scholarship hub
  • LIVFund - $500 study abroad scholarship for Latin America. Two scholarships are awarded each month and they accept applications year-round
Accommodations for Summer 2017 are still under consideration. Students generally live together in a mixture of hostels and guesthouses that vary with each city visited.

Application Instructions
The first step to apply for this program is to attend a Study Abroad 101 session, offered weekdays throughout the semester. You can start an online application anytime by clicking the Apply Now button at the top of this page.

Please note that you are required to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser as part of your Phase 2 application - you can schedule a meeting with the Journey Programs adviser at to fulfill the Phase 2 Meeting requirement!
Applications are reviewed on a regular, rolling basis beginning November 16th. Applicants with complete applications will be emailed and directed to submit their nonrefundable $500 deposit, which guarantees their spot in the program. The online application includes things to read, sign, and complete. You will need one letter of recommendation from a professor who has graded you, and you will need to answer three short essay questions:

  1. Why have you applied to this specific study abroad program?
  2. What are 2-3 goals you’ve set for your study abroad experience and how will you accomplish them?
  3. What are 2-3 challenges you expect to face abroad and how will you overcome them?
Student Experience
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More Information
Your Study Abroad Adviser for Journey to Brazil is Shanna Vincent. Please contact Shanna by email or come in during walk-in hours if you have any questions about this program.

Check out this blog from the Summer 2013 Journey to Latin America: Brazil!

This study experience will involve some rugged travel and hiking. Each student should consider his/her own physical fitness as well as his/her tolerance to extreme heat and non-standard accommodation.  Additionally, students may need to get vaccinations and medications prior to departure.  It is each student’s responsibility to ensure his/her routine vaccinations are up-to-date and to inquire whether there are recommended and/or required vaccinations or medications for the country/countries he/she will visit (including any countries he/she will visit which are not part of the study abroad program’s itinerary).  To find comprehensive information regarding international travel, including recommended or required vaccinations and medications, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.  We recommend students visit a healthcare provider and acquire any necessary vaccinations and medications at least two (2) months prior to departure. Goddard Health Center (on the OU campus) is a good place for students to acquire the appropriate vaccinations and medications.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 02/26/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.