Home to a number of independent production companies, advertising agencies, newspapers, and TV Globo, one of the largest and most successful broadcast networks in the world, Rio de Janeiro is among the most important Media Cities in the Global South. Based in Rio de Janeiro, “UVA in Brazil: Media, Culture, and Internship” is a unique education abroad experience that offers students the opportunity both to learn about Brazilian culture and media and to apply what they learn through a six-week-long internship at a local media company. In addition to exploring one of the world’s most beautiful cities, students will acquire a working knowledge of Portuguese and a deeper understanding of Brazilian culture and media. Moreover, students will gain important training as they work alongside well-respected industry professionals who have ample experience producing content for film, television, and the Internet.
Global Internships Scholarship: Students applying to this program are eligible to apply to the Global Internships scholarship competition (Deadline: Noon on January 1, 2018). More information about the competition can be found on the Global Internships scholarships web page and students can apply via Handshake posting #625401.
The program is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second largest city and the entertainment capital of South America.
Goals and Objectives
- Gain knowledge of Brazilian media and culture
- Develop basic competency in Portuguese
- Participate in a six-week-long internship at a local media company
Students will stay in an Aparthotel located near the beach in the picturesque neighborhood of Copacabana.
Praia Vermelha (Red Beach)
Introductory Portuguese (PORT 1110; 4 credits)
Brazilian Media (PORT 3559/MDST 3559; 4 credits)
The program is open to any undergraduate student interested in learning about Brazilian culture and society and working in Brazilian Media. The courses will take place over the first four weeks of the ten-week-long program. Students can expect a workload similar to the three-credit courses offered on grounds.
Rio de Janeiro's Flamengo District
from Sugarloaf Mountain
The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa Information
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
All travelers should consult with their doctor and the CDC webpage to see which vaccines are recommended.
Program director Eli Carter, firstname.lastname@example.org, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese at the University of Virginia.Professor Carter’s research focuses broadly on Brazilian Culture(s) with an emphasis on television and popular culture. His current work, “Reimagining Contemporary Brazilian Television Fiction,” is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. This book-length project examines Brazilian television through the singular mode of production and aesthetics in film and television director Luiz Fernando Carvalho’s oeuvre.