About The Program

UFMG Summer School on Brazilian Studies intends to give students from all over the world an understanding of key aspects of Brazil from distinct perspectives.

Instructors are professors from UFMG (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais), a leading Brazilian university, recently ranked 5th for best higher education institutions in Latin America by Britain’s Times Higher Education.

Over two weeks of intense learning, online meetings will cover the underpinnings of Brazilian politics, history, foreign relations, geography, law, economy, arts and culture.

This Summer School usually takes place at UFMG’s main campus in Belo Horizonte – the capital city of Brazil’s federal state of Minas Gerais – every month of July. In 2021, due to the current circumstances, we adapted the course to take place entirely online, also in July, from the 5th to the 16th.

Lectures on selected topics go from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Brasilia time, from Monday to Friday. After them, there will be Portuguese for Foreigners classes.


All lectures will be given in English. Applicants are expected to be proficient in English. For students whose main medium of instruction during their education was not English, some proof of English proficiency will be necessary. Results of standard English proficiency tests (e.g., TOEFL or IELTS) will be preferable, but other forms of certification for language proficiency in English may be considered, at the Organizing Committee’s discretion.