Study Abroad Program Feature: Rio de Janeiro Summer Sports & Society

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Ashley Houston
December 22, 2015

With the upcoming Summer 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we couldn’t be more excited about some of the highlights of our Summer Sports & Society Program

NEW! Olympics Course

As the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics, we know our students will be watching history being made firsthand. As such, a new special topics course, The Modern Olympics: From Athens to Rio, was added to our summer program. 

The course will examine the history of the Modern Olympics over time, placing particular emphasis upon on the cultural and social impact of the games. Course-related excursions and local speakers will bring the Olympics to life ifor our summer study abroad students. Students will also have the unique opportunity to follow the day-to-day trainings of the Brazilian rowing and blind soccer teams for the Paralympics in September 2016. Service learning opportunities are also available.

Study Portuguese in Brazil

What better way to immerse in Brazilian culture than through learning Portuguese! Aside from one required language course, students have ample opportunities to practice Portuguese at their homestay and with new local friends.

Field Trip: Explore Minas Gerais

Watch a short video from one of our past student bloggers about the field trip IES Abroad students take to Minas Gerais. The city, which received an influx of Portuguese settlers during the gold rush, retains many of its original structures and gives the area a traditional Portuguese feel. Overall this region is rich in Brazilian history and gives students a taste of Brazil’s diversity in both landscape and culture. It’s slower pace and historic architecture is a nice contrast to the bustling, more modern, city of Rio.

Take a Virtual Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Our virtual tour of Rio de Janeiro will give you a glimpse into the city itself, and what living and learning are like for our students—from homestays to academics and service learning.


Want to learn even more about Rio from our alumni? We bet this student video about why they chose to study abroad in Rio will help make your decision a little easier!


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Ashley Houston

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