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  • Locations: Florianopolis, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rider applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2019 08/15/2018 08/15/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
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Target Language: English, Portguese GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Options: Apartment, Home Stay Scholarships: Provider Scholarship
Internship available: No
Program Description:

ISA - Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina

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Academics Location
The ISA semester programs in Florianópolis combine solid academic offerings with a variety of excursions and cultural activities. Students choose 4 to 5 courses from a selection of Portuguese language courses, electives taught in English, and electives taught in Portuguese with local students. Students who have not completed a college semester/quarter of Portuguese or the equivalent must choose language as one of their courses. All courses are taught by highly experienced professionals and academics from the host faculty of the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL). The classroom is comprised of ISA students, Brazilian students, and other visiting international students. Along with lectures and discussions, many of the courses integrate excursions to important sites in southern Brazil. Florianópolis consistently ranks as one of Brazil's top five safest cities and has recently been recognized as one of the world's top travel destinations. The city is one of Brazil's pristine destinations with exquisite dining and nightlife, untouched nature reserves, innumerable parks, and charming fishing villages that showcase a wealth of landscapes, aromas, and colors. Florianópolis, composed of one main island, one continental part and surrounding small islands, is a beautiful city in southern Brazil. Modern and cosmopolitan, yet blessed with tremendous natural beauty, Florianópolis is a unique destination where past and present coexist harmoniously. This popular Brazilian city has a total of 42 main beaches, rolling mountains in the Atlantic rainforest, soft white sand dunes, and an array of offshore islands.
Student Life
All homestays and apartments are either within walking distance to the UNISUL, or are conveniently located near public transit routes relative to the university. Travel times to the university vary but generally range between 20 and 30 minutes. The ISA Brazil programs include homestays with Brazilian families in various neighborhoods around the Island of Florianópolis. The majority of the ISA host families do not speak English; however, some do. Students typically share a bedroom with another ISA student. Breakfast and dinner as well as a laundry service are included in the homestay option.

Apartments are assigned on a first-come/first-serve basis, and availability is limited. Accommodations include comfortable, waterfront housing in shared, fully-furnished apartments. ISA apartments have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge/living room, and kitchen. Each apartment is equipped with basic furnishings and supplies, including one single bed (per student), bed linens and towels, a closet/clothing storage space, basic cookware and kitchenware, a table and chairs and furnished sitting area. Desks, when available, are to be shared by all occupants. The apartment staff will refresh linens once a week and clean for a small fee. Meals and laundry service are not included in the apartment option, however the apartment staff will provide a laundry service for a small fee.All apartments have a television with basic channels. Internet and wifi access may not be available in all apartments. All apartments are same-sex, non-smoking environments.A $300 refundable housing deposit will be charged to students living in the ISA Brazil apartments.