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Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Post-Spring 2020.


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LEADers in Brazil: Practicing Cultural Engagement and Leadership Development will be traveling to São Paulo, Brazil in May 2020. Students will have the opportunity to use co-creation to learn from Brazilian NGOs about solving a problem the students have identified.In addition to this project, students will experience a vastly different culture and examine their own cultural lens that shapes their views. São Paulo, Brazil is a diverse city in which challenges of our time present themselves in the most definite ways – sustainability and social development are urgent calls for citizens to act upon.Students are given the opportunity to work with Brazilian leaders on these challenges while gaining cultural insight to Brazilian history, culture, and creative/innovative skills.This program promotes intercultural interactions with local learners and communities.

Quick Facts

  • May 15 - May 29, 2020

  • Two cities: São Paulo and Ubatuba, Brazil

  • Work with Brazilian students on problem solving

  • Open to students in The LEAD Program

  • Earn 1 additional credit

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


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Location Details

The largest city in the Western Hemisphere is a cultural melting pot where you can find a rich heritage and history with all of the modern amenities a political and business hub needs.  Sao Paulo’s cuisine, art, and neighborhoods are as multicultural as its people.  

After spending 10 days in the hustle and bustle of São Paulo, we will end the trip at the coastal city of Ubatuba, surrounded by the rainforest.  Home to many surf contests annually, the beaches are  only the start of Ubatuba.  There are more than 565 bird species that have been identified here and the Serra do Mar State Park covers much of the city. 

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be enrolled in the LEAD Program (ASU 120 and ASU 121)


Students will register for the following course during the Spring registration period for a total of one credit:
  •  UNI 294: LEADers in Brazil (1 credit)*
*This will be a standalone course culminating in the experiential learning post-Spring 2020 that will build off the students’ experience in ASU 121 during the Spring semester.

Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load.  If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.   

Course Format

The course will be a stand-alone course taken abroad at the end of the semester (May 15 - May 29, 2020).  
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Faculty Directors

Ryan Holden
Lecturer, Success Courses

Debbie Ritter-Williams

Instructor, Success Courses

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Program Housing

Students will be staying in a hostel in Vila Madelena.  All breakfasts are included as well as a welcome dinner and farewell barbeque.  Students will travel via public transportation or private bus for program events.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Brazil, due to a lack in infrastructure, accessible public transportation, and uneven terrain, students with limited mobility may find mobility difficult. Many special needs facilities are inadequate and partially accessible.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Brazil, while there is an active LGBTQIA population, discrimination can and does occur.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Brazil, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Post-Spring 2020 is $2,315.

Program Fee includes: Housing, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the one-credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.