Santa Catarina State University

Florianópolis, Brazil

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The University of the State of Santa Catarina (UDESC) is located in Florianópolis which lies along the populous southeastern coast of Brazil with easy access to the interior hill country and the beaches, as well as Brazil's southern neighbors, Argentina and Uruguay.  Known for its beautiful beaches, nature trails, architectural attractions, and local cuisine, Florianópolis is the capital of the state of Santa Catarina.  Students must have proficiency in Portuguese since the university does not offer any courses in English, otherwise the Portuguese for Foreigners course must be taken for at least one semester.

Academic Subjects

Art, Art History, Biology, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Design, Economics, Engineering, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics


While the UDESC does not offer traditional residence halls (on-campus housing is not customary in Brazil), the university does provide assistance in finding suitable and affordable off-campus housing arrangements.

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Program Details

Language Requirement: Portuguese proficiency required.

Language of Instruction: Portuguese

Required GPA: 2.75

Term: Fall, Spring

Program Costs

Students will pay CCSU tuition directly to CCSU.  Room and board costs will be paid on-site in Brazil


Erin Beecher
International Education Coordinator
Center for International Education
Barnard Hall, Rm 123
860 832 2043

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