e3 Brazil

City: Curitiba   Country: Brazil


The University of Alberta’s e3 program is a unique study and work abroad program that allows students the flexibility to choose from three experiences in one location. e3 Brazil is flexible, fusing academics with real-life work experience, providing a comprehensive experience unparalleled by other abroad programs.

e3 Brazil combines:

  • Portuguese language study
  • Academic coursework
  • Internship placement (work or research) 

When Can I Go?

Terms Offered: Summer

Dates & Duration:

  • Module I (Portuguese Language Studies): April 27 - June 26, 2020
  • Module II (Academic Course/Field School): April 27 - May 8, 2020
  • Module III (Internship*): May - August, 2020**

*Students can choose a 2-month or a 3-month internship placement.
**Internship dates may change based on the host organization.

Deadline to Apply:

  • e3 Internship: November 21st, 2019
  • Course work only: There are a few spots left in HGP. Please contact Emilia at emilia.monkiewicz@ualberta.ca if you are interested in attending. 

Eligibility Requirements

e3 is open to post-secondary students from all disciplines! 

See more detailed Eligibility.

Note: Module III (Internship) cannot be take on its own. Module III must be combined with either Module I (Portuguese Language) and/or Module II (Academic Courses).

Program Information

Language of Instruction: English, Portuguese

Module I: Portuguese Language Studies (PORT 111) 

Students who select this module will take approximately 60 hours of intensive language instruction, as well as co-curricular activities outside of the classroom, to complete 3 credits of University of Alberta Portuguese language studies. In addition, students will be paired with Brazilian students to enhance their language acquisition. 

Module II: Academic Courses

EAS/ Planning/ Geography Field School

HGP 499/599; PLAN 599 (*3) | Dr. Damian Collins 
April 27 - May 8, 2020

Best known for its innovative and successful experiment in combining land use, planning, and public transportation systems, Curitiba, Brazil is a dream place to study for geographers and planners. Located in the South of Brazil, Curitiba has been listed as one of the 15 ‘Green Cities’ and hosts the Curitiba Research and Urban Planning Institute (IPPUC). This Field School will give students the chance to immerse themselves in the diverse culture of the city while providing them with the opportunity to explore a variety of urban and environmental topics, such as sustainable transportation and land use, heritage, housing and green space. Note the the Field School is taught in English. Prerequisites: any EAS 29X or HGP 2XX course.

Module III: Internship 

Students who select this module will participate in a 6-12 week internship placement from June - August. Internships immerse students in a company or in one of the many social, cultural, political, and/or educational organizations/institutions in Brazil. Internships allow students to apply classroom concepts to a real-life setting, and provide organizations and companies with a fresh perspective from talented students with global competencies.

Internships in a variety of fields, relevant to the location-specific theme, will be offered to appeal to students from a wide diversity of academic disciplines. The exact date of the internship placements will be agreed upon between the student and the internship host. Students must take Module I and/or Module II to be eligible to participate in Module III (i.e., the internship cannot be taken on its own).  

A local coordinator based in Curitiba, Brazil will meet with students and assist them in securing internship placements.

Fees & Costs

e3 Brazil consists of 3 modules, which can be taken in different combinations. e3 charges a program-specific tuition fee for each 3-credit course/internship. The amount students pay will depend on which track they have chosen to participate in. In addition to the program fees, students will be responsible for all other costs such as accommodation,food, insurance, books, flights/transportation, non-instructional fees, as well as other personal expenses. Students can explore the different tracks available and estimated total program costs via the links below:

e3 Brazil Program Fees 


Students may request UAI to book a homestay for them during the entire e3 Brazil program. Student are also welcome to arrange their own accommodation.

For students taking advantage of the homestay option, a homestay matching form must be completed. In most instances, students will be placed with another e3 participant, unless otherwise agreed upon. Cost for vary depending on the family, but on average a homestay costs 700 Reais (approximately $350 CAD) per month.

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Program Contact

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