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Bailey Fairchild is a junior management major from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is visiting Brazil for three weeks exploring southern Brazil while experiencing the cultural and business aspects of the country. Along with her classmates they will also visit two local universities – Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS).

UNL Sponsored: Brazil

Location: Florianopolis, Brazil
Language of Instruction: English
Subjects: Culture and Business in Brazil
Credits: 3 credits of UNL – MRKT 428 or BSAD 491
Housing: Local accommodations; Hotels
Program Length: 3 weeks
Program Dates: May 16 – June 3, 2016
Type of Program: UNL Sponsored – Faculty Led
Approximate Costs: Review the MyWorld Budget Sheet

Note: Many scholarships are available for this "priority" country, including the Global Gateway and Early Abroad (freshman/sophomore) Scholarships.

Eligibility: UNL Undergraduate students
3.0 GPA preferred; 2.5 GPA required
Application Deadline: February 1, 2016
Social Media: #UNLBrazil

Program Overview

Business Community The program includes an overview of sports marketing in Brazil during a 3-week summer study abroad program in Florianopolis, Brazil. Students will participate in classroom lectures, business visits, cultural activities, visiting local sites, and connecting with local students. The program is led by CBA Professor Chad Mardesen.

Highlights of the Program Include:

  • Project with a local sport brand company
  • Touring local sports sites
  • Trying local cuisine, including Brazilian BBQ
  • Outdoor experiences – boat ride and/or mountain experiences
  • Interactions with local students
  • Cultural site visits

Courses of Study

Business Community Students will take MRKT 428 or BSAD 491 (3 credit hours) through UNL for the sports marketing and cultural aspects of the program. Attendance at pre-departure meetings, orientation sessions, and events/activities is required. Completion of all readings and assignments stated in the course syllabus will be required to gain full course credit. Some course assignments will be required before and after the abroad portion of the program. Students should meet with an Academic Advisor within their major to discuss how this course can apply to his/her degree.

Application Process

Any UNL undergraduate student in good academic standing with at least a 2.5 GPA is eligible to apply. Apply online by February 1, 2016 at


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Numerous scholarships are offered for study abroad programs. Check with the UNL Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to see if your current scholarships can be applied or if there are others available, (402) 472-2030, Canfield 17. Students should also consider applying for scholarships through the UNL Education Abroad Office at: Student can apply for all CBA Study Abroad Scholarships through the UNL Education Abroad Basic Application.

Why the Brazil Program Stands Out

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  • UNL Faculty-led experience with local guides
  • All accommodations, transportation and visits included
  • Scholarship opportunities available – Global Gateway Scholarship priority country
  • Rich cultural experiences included
  • South American country growing in the world economy
  • 3-week program in May, allowing opportunities for summer jobs/internships/courses in June/July/August

Frequently Asked Questions

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Studying abroad is quite possibly one of the most important things you can do as an undergrad. Besides being incredibly fun, the humility, responsibility and resourcefulness you develop are wonderful traits you'll carry with you throughout the rest of your life.

Max Triba
CBA Student


Mardesen, Chad
Assistant Professor of Practice
CoB 335Q
Fax: 402-472-9777
Mailing Address
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Department of Marketing
P.O. Box 880492
Lincoln, NE 68588-0492
Shipping Address
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Department of Marketing
CoB 345
730 N. 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0492


Mostek, Jennifer
Assistant Director of International Engagement and Advising
CoB 125 G
Mailing Address
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Business Advising and Student Engagement
P.O. Box 880405
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405
Shipping Address
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Business Advising and Student Engagement
CoB 125
730 N. 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405


Education Abroad

Love South 110

Lincoln, NE 68588-4107

(402) 472-5358