High School Abroad in Brazil

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Information for term High School Abroad in Brazil

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

August 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 7 – Jun 26, 2022 (24 weeks)*

Application Deadline

August 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 7 – Apr 17, 2022 (14 weeks)*


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Learn a new language in one of the world’s most colorful cultures.

Brazil is about football (soccer), music (like samba, funk, and favela beats), tempting dishes (rice and beans with everything), fresh fruit (mango, banana, papaya … take your pick!), and a happy, laid-back lifestyle. As a high school student, it’s also about daily classes and after-school interaction. Walk in the shoes of a local teen, and see your Portuguese language proficiency grow by leaps and bounds.

For your first three weeks in Brazil, you’ll take an intensive Portuguese language course to get you speaking basic Portuguese and ready for daily high school classes. Then, five days a week you’ll take classes — taught solely in Portuguese — at a private high school.

Along with Portuguese literature, science, math, history, art, and philosophy, you’ll also spend two hours per week in a Portuguese language “booster” course.

The Take-Aways

  • Language Proficiency

    Our program provides students 150 language contact hours in just a few weeks.

  • College Readiness

    Studying abroad gives you the kinds of life skills that can’t be learned in a classroom — and shows college admissions reps that you’re already one step ahead in terms of initiative, maturity, and independence.

  • Independence & Resilience

    Come home better prepared to make transitions, take control of new situations, and appreciate challenging experiences for what they are: opportunities to learn and grow.

  • said their experience made them more aware of global issues.

  • said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.

  • said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.


Location & Culture

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From the wilds of the Amazon rain forest in the north to world-famous waterfalls in the south, Brazil covers more terrain than any other country in Latin America.

The world’s fifth-largest country also includes lively multicultural cities like Brasília, acclaimed for its modern architecture; Rio de Janeiro, famous for its beaches and Carnaval culture; and São Paulo, a melting pot with Italian, Korean, Japanese, German, Russian, Caribbean, Greek, and Arab influences.

Share petiscos and conversation with classmates in your favorite local hangout. Discover a hidden talent for the Brazilian martial art of capoeira during a school field trip. Help your homestay cook a traditional Brazilian dinner of feijoada, churrasco, and brigadeiro.

On Brazil’s culturally rich island of São Luís, you’ll discover a vibrant region that offers the perfect setting to develop your Portuguese language skills. You’ll deepen your understanding of the traditions and practices that characterize another culture, and gain important life skills needed to be successful in college and beyond.


Upon arriving in Brazil you will be met by CIEE partner staff in São Luís, where you will begin your three-day orientation. During orientation, you will participate in different workshops focusing on a variety of themes — culture, language, academics, social norms, and current events — all designed to best prepare you for your experience in Brazil. Additionally, you’ll see some of the best that the amazing city of São Luís has to offer!

Activities include a tour of the historical city center, an afternoon at the beach, and experiencing some of the most incredible Brazilian dishes, through organized lunches and dinners!

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"I can feel this experience changing me; changing the way I see the world, how I think about people, how I think about my future; who I want to be."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

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  • Housing

    Hotel during orientation in São Luís, then carefully screened homestay on the island of São Luís, which has four cities: São Luís, São José de Ribamar, Paço do Lumiar, and Raposa

  • Local Support

    Local Coordinator in country and CIEE support staff available 24/7

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Sample Activities

Your orientation in historic São Luís will jump-start your adventure with a tour of the city, some downtime at its magnificent beaches, and intensive Portuguese lessons to prepare you to converse with the locals.

Most schools offer the chance to participate in sports like indoor soccer, volleyball, and handball. For more local flavor, you can also check out regional favorites such as capoeira, surfing, slacklining, dancing, and drumming.

Looking for adventure? You can also choose (at an additional cost) to go on excursions. Examples of options may include:


Enjoy the magnificent waterfalls and relaxing swimming destinations of the national park in Carolina, located in the beautiful state of Maranhão.

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

Surrender your senses to the blue lagoons and plentiful desert sand dunes of this popular tourist attraction.

Rio de Janeiro

Experience the sights and sounds of this sparkling city, famous for samba, sweeping beaches, dramatic mountains, and, of course, its annual Carnaval.

Amazon rain forest

Journey to a spectacular sight you’ll never forget — the world’s largest tropical rain forest, famous for its biodiversity.


Head off to revel in the haunting beauty of colonial Alcântara, where the jungle edges historical ruins that tell stories of generations before.

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. For Fall 2021, local health and safety guidelines may not allow for overnight excursions or day trips. Participants will be updated as the program start date comes closer.

What People are Saying

  • I learned things that aren’t taught in schools: what is really important to me, what I want out of life, and how to be more open-minded and confident.

    Sophie R., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
  • Everyone is shocked to hear that I studied abroad when I was 15 years old. I’m shocked myself — yet, quite frankly, I’m shocked that it isn’t more common to study abroad in high school. CIEE gave me an opportunity that most people have never heard of. The program transformed me into the person I am today, with impeccable people skills and the ability to adapt to any environment. I owe a huge thanks to the CIEE program. I am proud to be a CIEE alumnus!

    Alex A., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


At the time of departure, students must:

  • Be in their 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling
  • Have completed the ninth grade, with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture
  • No previous Portuguese is required

Application Fee


Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by 2/15 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by 8/1 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.

Program fee includes international airfare and iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Spring 2022 24 weeks Aug 1, 2021 Jan 7, 2022* Jun 26, 2022*
Spring Trimester 2022 14 weeks Aug 1, 2021 Jan 7, 2022* Apr 17, 2022*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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