Big Changes in Brazil

By Kim Sarna, ISA Latin America Programs Coordinator

Imagine yourself living on an island surrounded by natural beauty, where the people are welcoming, the culture is lively, and the adventures are endless. Discover Latin America’s largest and most diverse country while studying with ISA in friendly Florianópolis, Brazil.

Ever heard of Florianópolis?

Think Rio, but safer and smaller, where you’ll feel at home while enjoying the easy island life of Brazil. Spend your day in the vibrant downtown district or the trendy neighborhood of Lagoa da Conceição. Homestays are located throughout the city while students looking for more independence can live in the ISA apartments located in the heart of Lagao, just footsteps away from this pristine lagoon.


Need a vacation?

Treat yourself to paradise at this top vacation destination for Brazilians and foreigners a like. Visitors come to Floripa for the breathtaking beaches and stay for the healthy, high quality lifestyle. Spend your mornings enjoying an açai bowl or fresh fruit juice on your way to class, your afternoons practicing Capoeira or attending a samba workshop, and your evenings exploring the nightlife at one of the many bars, restaurants, cafes, boutiques, food trucks, and organic markets located in Lagoa.

Looking for adventure?

Embrace the outdoors while hiking, surfing, mountain biking, sandboarding, kayaking, wind surfing, kite surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and more! The combination of land, sea, and lagoon offers an all-around outdoor experience. For all you travel junkies, Florianópolis has an international airport that can connect you to other top destinations around the country such as Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, or Sao Paulo. ISA offers day trips to the Balneário Camboriú beach resort and the German settlement of Blumenau which boasts the largest Octoberfest outside of Germany. Experience this fun loving festival firsthand this fall! Want to explore more? Optional overnight excursions are available through ISA to exotic destinations such as Iguazu Falls and the Santa Catarina Mountains.


Did we mention new courses?

ISA has collaborated with our host university UNISUL to expand our course offerings and provide students more opportunities to engage in Brazilian culture. In addition to Portuguese language courses, this fall students can choose from a variety of culture and business courses taught in English including:

  • Brazilian Music and Dance
  • Sustainability and Natural Resource Management
  • Brazilian Urban Landscapes in Santa Catarina, Brasilia and Beyond
  • Contemporary Brazilian Politics
  • Indigenous Peoples in Brazil: Amerindian Perspectives
  • Brazil in the New Global Economy
  • Management Theory and Practice
  • Sustainable Tourism in Brazil

We are also introducing the following experiential learning courses which are available for college credit:

  • Capoeira
  • Gastronomy

In 2018, we’ll be rolling out even more new courses, so stay tuned!

Need more incentives?

Our fall 2017 program is now our most affordable semester option in Latin America priced at just $7,950. This includes tuition, housing, day excursions, cultural activities, insurance, access to the ISA office, the support of our incredible onsite staff, and more! Whether you are a footballer, a foodie, a beach bum, or an adventure seeker; studying abroad with ISA in Florianópolis will get you out of your comfort zone and challenge you to learn something new. ISA will give you the tools to thrive with this new language and in this new culture and help you unlock the secrets of the Isla Magica.

For more information on the academic offer, price, and what’s included, visit the ISA Florianópolis website or set up an advising session with ISA.


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