e3 in Brazil

City: Curitiba   Country: Brazil


The University of Alberta’s e3 program is a unique education abroad program offering students 3 experiences in 1 location. 

e3 is different because it’s flexible. Students may combine up to three of the following program components during their semester abroad: 

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

e3 fuses academics with real-life work experience, providing a comprehensive experience unparalleled by other abroad programs. Join us during Winter 2018 for e3 in Curitiba, the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Paraná.

When Can I Go?

Terms Offered: Winter 2018

Dates & Duration:

  • Module I (Portuguese Language Studies): January 8 - February 23, 2018
  • Module II (Academic Course):
    • Course 1: January 3 - 23, 2018
    • Course 2: January 24 - February 23, 2018
  • Module III (Internship)*:
    • January 29 - April 27, 2018
    • February 26 - April 27, 2018**

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

Eligibility Requirements

Open to: All Faculties

Level: Undergraduate

E3 Brazil is open to post-secondary students from all disciplines. Students from outside the University of Alberta are also welcome to apply.

Students should meet the following requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.31 or higher as required by your home Faculty
  • Have successfully completed a least 24-credits at UAlberta by the application deadline
  • Meet admission requires to the relevant faculty at UAlberta
  • Have a valid passport and be eligible to study and/or work in the destination country
  • INTERNSHIPS - students seeking internship placements must have completed 30 credits2 by the application deadline

Portuguese language (minimum Port 111/112 or equivalent) is required for all internships in Module III.

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).

1 equivalencies will be considered for students applying from outside UAlberta
2 or the equivalent of full-time first year studies at your local institution

Program Information

Language of Instruction: English, Portuguese

e3 in Brazil consists of 3 Modules - Portuguese Language Studies, Academic Courses (see Course Information below), Internship placement - which can be taken in different combinations (tracks):

  • Track 1: Portuguese Language only

  • Track 2: Portuguese Language + Academic Classes

  • Track 3: Portuguese Language + Academic Classes + Internship

  • Track 4: Portuguese Language + Internship

  • Track 5: Academic Classes + Internship

  • Track 6: Academic Classes only


Module I: Portuguese Language Studies (PORT 111/112) 

Students who select this module will take approximately 100 hours of intensive language instruction, as well as co-curricular activities outside of the classroom, to complete 6 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

Module II courses will take place in two periods from January to February, 2018. Courses are offered in either the morning or afternoon, opposite the language courses. The two consecutive 3- week periods will all students to take Module I language courses plus one or two academic content courses in Module II, should they choose to do so.

Environmental Imaginaries & the Culture of Sustainability 

LA ST 399/C LIT 497/INT D 325 (3*) (January 3rd - January 23rd, 2018)  
Dr. Odile Cisneros, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Through a selection of historical and literary texts, artworks, documentaries, and other materials, this course will chart changing visions of nature in Brazil, from early chronicles depicting the land as a lush paradise ready to be explored and exploited, to contemporary dystopian vistas of deforestation and species extinction. Likewise, we will consider contemporary responses to the challenges of sustainability, which have produced a unique culture of recycling, conservation, protection of endangered species, and other forms of ecoactivism. As a case study, we will examine how the city of Curitiba, a recognised leader in environmental innovation in the 1980s, implemented practices in transportation, waste management, city planning, and conservation. We will consider how these practices have led to greater sustainability and what challenges remain. During the course, students will have the opportunity to explore Curitiba’s unique mass transit, recycling facilities, local natural reserves, and environmentally planned city parks. We will also hear guest lectures from local experts in the field. The course will seek to connect cultural projects that shape human imaginaries of nature to the practice of environmental awareness and sustainability. 


MLCS 305 (3*) (January 24th - February 23rd, 2018)  
Dr. Odile Cisneros, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Carnival is arguably Brazil's most well-known and iconic popular celebration. Throughout the entire country, millions take to the streets to take part in this cultural practice rooted in European traditions that date back to pre-Christian times. In this course, we will explore the cultural origins of carnival in Europe, its manifestations in different parts of the world, and then focus on traditions specific to Brazil. We will read reflections by anthropologists, ethnographers, and cultural critics to understand how carnival reverses roles and overturns hierarchies as a form of temporary liberation from dominant power structures. We will also survey the representation of carnival in various forms of media. Taught on location in Curitiba, Brazil, during the carnival season, students will have the opportunity to learn experientially by witnessing and partaking in carnival celebrations and reflecting on the lived experience of these practices.


Module III: Internship 

Students who select this module will participate in a 6-12 week internship placement from late-January to April, 2018. 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). Students must also have successfully completed Portuguese 111 and 112, or equivalent, prior to starting Module III. This prerequisite can be completed by taking Module I of e3 Brazil, or can be taken prior to starting the program in Brazil.

Fees & Costs

Applications will be charged a non-refundable $250 application fee.

Students will be charged a program-specific 3-credit course/internship fee. 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. Estimated total program costs can be found via the links below*:

FUNDING: Students participation on the e3 Brazil program are eligible to apply for the Education Abroad Individual Award.

*Fees are subject to change.


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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