Summer in Brazil, boat photo

2020 Program

Summer in Brazil is being offered as a remote experience, and currently available courses are on this dedicated list and below. For courses that could not be offered remotely, there may be direct Washington Square-based equivalents, and NYU students may review offerings and register directly through Albert.

Students may now register for a single course (4 credits) if they wish, for two courses (total of 8 credits), or for an intensive (8 credit) course from any of our CAS Summer Abroad Programs. Please note that all course times will be held in EST.

Program Summary

Summer in Brazil students benefit from all the advatages of the program host city, Recife, one of Brazil's most innovative artistic and cultural hubs. Located in the northeast of the country, it is well known for its cultural diversity and vibrant art scene, especially independent cinema. Offering a unique perspective outside of the more visited cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Recife also boasts a world-renowned contemporary music scene, including popular musical forms such as forró, maracatu, and frevo. In co-curricular programming, students will have the opportunity to experience the aquatic natural resources of Porto de Galinhas, to undertake museum visits, to explore the cultural roots of Brazil, and to visit other historic sites in the Northeast, including Recife's sister city, Olinda, a UNESCO world heritage site.

View of historic colonial building facade with palm trees and view of ocean.

Application Deadlines

*Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for summer 2020*

The program is now OPEN to all NYU students. Any student cleared to register for NYU Summer 2020 may do so for remote offerings directly via NYU Albert.


NYU Global Programs


t: (212) 998-4433

f: (212) 995-4103

Program Director

Michele Nascimento Kettner, PhD.
Language Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese

Tuition & Fees

The College of Arts and Science discounts CAS Summer Abroad tuition 33% to offset additional costs of study abroad. This discount is already calculated in the below rates. Fees, Housing and International Insurance are required, and these rates are set by NYU.

2020 Program Costs  
Undergraduate Tuition - 4 credits $4,004
Undergraduate Registration Fees - 4 credits $708
Program & Activities Fee


GeoBlue International Health Insurance

for 3 week program



Double occupancy in hotel room with daily breakfast



PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.

Students are encouraged to budget for summer abroad programs based on individual needs. Additional resources for planning are available by clicking below.

Public art "Recife" sign

iew of Recife, Alto da Se, Olinda by Matti Blume

Recife street scene with building and palm trees

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All students will register for PORT-UA 9700, Topics in Brazil Studies: Critical Perspectives on Brazilian Culture and Society. In this 3-week intensive course, students will gain knowledge of Brazilian arts and culture, history, literature, gender issues, and various topics relating to the economy and lifestyle. To broaden their cultural experience, planned co-curricular activities will help students engage with local communities via field trips and visits to non-governmental organizations. The course counts as a cross-listed elective for Africana Studies (major and minor) and the Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA) major. It also counts as a cross list for LATC-UA 9600.

All classes will take place in the Grand Mercure Recife conference room.

Recife, Brazil

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Undergraduate Course

All undergraduate students must register for 4 credits.

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Housing & Meals

All undergraduate students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.

Students will live in double occupancy rooms in NYU-provided housing at a Boa Viagem hotel for the entire three-week program. Located in the city's beach front neighborhood, student housing is in close proximity to central Recife, restaurants, shops, and other amenities. Daily breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi are included.


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An exciting array of visits and excursions in Recife and other areas of the Northeast are planned for summer 2020 and may include:

  • Gilberto Freyre Museum
  • Cais do Sertão, Paço do Frevo, Kahal Zur synagogue, and Alto da Sé
  • Instituto Brennand
  • Museum of Xilogravura and J. Borges (Bezerros)
  • O Alto do Moura (Caruaru)
  • Casa da Rabeca (Olinda)
  • Museu do Homem do Nordeste
  • Porto de Galinhas and Maracaipe (including traditional fishing boat tour through mangroves)
Paco by Romina Aguiar

Observatorio Astronomico  do Alto Da Se, Olinda

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Planning Travel to Recife, Brazil

Students are encouraged to consult internal and external resources to prepare for their summer program. The following links may be used for general destination information, immigration needs and travel medicine planning:

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Michele Kettner Faculty

Michele Nascimento Kettner (Faculty Director)
Born and raised in Recife, Dr. Kettner teaches Portuguese and Spanish language courses at NYU. She is looking forward to introducing students to Recife's unique city culture during Summer in Brazil.

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