Portuguese Flagship Program

A Year in Brazil:

Making the leap from Advanced to Superior Proficiency

Capstone Overview:

  • The Capstone Experience is held every year from February- December in Brazil
  • Spring semester is spent studying at UFSJ in São João del Rei, in the state of Minas Gerias, Brazil. To get a general idea of how UFSJ courses transfer to U.S. institutions (specifically, UGA), please click here. UFSJ course descriptions can be found here.
  • Fall semester is spent interning anywhere in the country at an internship related to a student's major or interest.



UFSJ Team:




Capstone Benefits:

During the Capstone, students can expect the following:

  • A full year program in Brazil running from February to December (Brazilian academic year).
  • Advanced language and Brazilian culture classes as well as the option to take discipline-based courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, education, food science, languages, math, and other fields.
  • Cultural excursions to Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, and other nearby sites in the state of São Paulo.
  • A coordinated internship program with local companies, NGOs, international organizations, or within the university.
  • Pre-departure orientation
*Participation in the capstone year program is mandatory for all PFP scholars.

Eligibility & Admissions:

In order to be eligible for the Capstone Experience, PFP scholars must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an undergraduate student enrolled at UT Austin
  • US citizen or legal permanent resident (if they are dual U.S.-Brazilian citizens, they must renounce their Brazilian citizenship)
  • In good standing with the Portuguese Flagship Program
  • Obtained a Advanced-Low proficiency level (OPI score of Level 2) or better in Portuguese