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  • Locations: Florianopolis, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UNCW applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 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:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Portuguese Program Type: Exchange, Study Abroad
Provider: Direct Partner Field of Study: Anthropology, Business, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Science, International Business, Marketing, Music, Portuguese, Recreation and Tourism, Tourism
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Advisor: Luis Santiago
Program Description:
Program Description | Eligibility | Academic Details | Housing
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Program Description

The University
UNISUL, Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, is taking its place as one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in Brazil. UNISUL combines the traditional goals of a university with the most up-to-date business approaches, dealing with global strategies, planning and strategic action. Although UNISUL has four campuses in the State of Santa Catarina, UNCW students will study at UNISUL’s campus located in the city center of Florianopolis.

The Surrounding Area
Florianópolis is located in the state of Santa Catarina in the southern region of Brazil. This exceptionally beautiful city is situated on a small coastal peninsula and a main island connected by three bridges. Florianópolis, or Floripa as it is called by locals, is home to approximately 400,000 inhabitants. Tourism is one of the staples of Florianópolis’ economy as many are drawn to its 40+ beaches and the mix of modern and traditional culture. Many inhabitants and tourists consider “Floripa” to have a singular beauty endowed with strong lines of Azorean culture, which can be observed in its buildings, workmanship, folklore, culinary and religious traditions.

Location...................................................... Florianopolis, Brazil
City Population ..............................................................407,000
University Enrollment......................................................30,000

Student Life
Florianópolis has endless activities for students to enjoy such as playing beach soccer, learning Capoeira (a folkloric dance/martial art), surfing, and sand boarding. Many students also participate in cultural activities like visiting Fonte Caldas da Imperatriz and historic Portuguese fortresses, taking a Brazilian cooking class or learning to Samba.


  • Degree-seeking student
  • At least sophomore standing at time of participation
  • Good judicial standing
  • 2.75+ GPA at time of application
  • Four semesters of Spanish or two semesters of Portuguese is recommended
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation

Academic Details

Students accepted into UNISUL’s education abroad program can receive credit towards their degree requirements for many majors. UNISUL offers more than 40 undergraduate programs in almost 60 disciplines. A small array of courses are taught in English. Students may also opt to enroll in a one-month intensive Portuguese language course prior to the start of the fall or spring semesters. Four semesters of Spanish or two semesters of Portuguese is recommended for participants in this program.


Program participants may choose to share an apartment with other students or rent an apartment individually. There are many properties within easy commuting distance to campus, and UNISUL can provide a long list of options for students to consider. Students can eat at the university’s cafeteria, enjoy the area’s many fine restaurants, or shop and cook for themselves on a reasonable budget. 

Program Dates

Academic Year Dates
Mid-July to Early July

Fall Semester Dates
Mid-July to Mid-December

Spring Semester Dates
Late February to Early July

Financial Details

Program Cost
This program is available as: 

  • Exchange - This means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, and your room and board costs abroad.
  • Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad. 

With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, local transportation and a possible exit tax. Please meet with an advisor at the Office of International Programs to discuss which option is best for you. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding. 

UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at international/abroad/aid.html.

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