Quick Info

  • Curitiba, Itajuba, Brazil
  • Fall, Spring
  • : Exchange
  • : Engineering
  • : Fall or Spring -
  • : Pitt's Tuition and Fees; additional costs listed below
  • : Spring 2017- September 30 | Fall 2017- March 3
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers)


It's best to consult with your academic advisor to ensure what courses will count toward your major. You will be able to choose courses in your major, as well as general education electives. Courses are taught in Portuguese. All engineering majors are available.

Requirements prior to departure: PORT 0001 - Elementary Portuguese 1 is a prerequisite course for this study abroad program. You may then enroll in an intensive Portuguese language course in Brazil prior to the start of the academic semester.

Recommended classes: the following courses fulfill the engineering humanities and social science requirement and will prepare you for a broader understanding of the culture before you embark. 

  • HIST 1522 - History of Brazil
  • PORT 1061 - Survey of Brazilian Literature


Most students in Brazil live in what are called “republicas” – shared student houses off campus. Costs are very reasonable and typically include regular housekeeping services.  Housing cannot usually be firmly arranged in advance of arrival, so students must plan to stay in a local hotel for the first few days in-country and finalize their housing arrangements in person. 

Pricing And Dates

You will pay for tuition and fees to the University of Pittsburgh. If you have a tuition scholarship, please check with the entity providing the scholarship to confirm coverage for studying abroad. 

Personal expenses varies with individual students. Wonder about the cost of living? 

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.



Inclusions & Exclusions

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Airfare (round trip ~$1,000.00 - $2,000)
  • Room and board
  • Personal expenses (depends on personal spending habits)
  • Heath Insurance (depends on partner institution)
  • The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as a part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage can be provided to you by the Engineering International Programs office.  However, you might need to purchase additional insurance if the school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program. 

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Dr. Kristine Lalley

Walk-In Advising Hours:

Bonjour! I became the Swanson School’s first Director of International Initiatives in August 2007. In this role I have collaborated with Swanson School faculty members to create international education opportunities for engineering students- including studying abroad, international internships and service learning projects along with other research opportunities abroad. I have also conducted research on learning processes in the context of international education. I studied in Paris, France during my junior year and continue to love visiting countries around the world whenever possible, learning as much as I can about other cultures. I enjoy supporting engineering students and seeing them change from their experiences abroad. 

Come talk with me about studying abroad!

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