• Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.5 cumulative GPA; 3.0 GPA in all Portuguese language coursework.
• Language Pre-requisite: Fourth Semester Portuguese
• Open to UW Madison degree-seeking students only


Art, humanities, engineering and social sciences.

Classroom Language



Home stay or apartment

Program Duration

Fall semester: Early August - Mid-December
Spring semester: Late February - Mid-July
Academic Year: Early August - Mid-July
Calendar Year: Late February - Mid December

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Calendar Year 2015  9/12/2014
Spring 2014-15  9/12/2014
Fall 2015-16  2/6/2015
Year 2015-16  2/6/2015

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
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Brazil, Belo Horizonte
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Exchange

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison exchange program in Belo Horizonte allows students the opportunity to directly enroll at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). This exchange program provides students the opportunity to improve their Portuguese language skills while learning about Brazilian culture.  Students will enroll in classes alongside of Brazilian and other international students at UFMG, taking their courses taught in Portuguese. 

Belo Horizonte, a city of over three million people, is located in the state of Minas Gerais which is known for its historical significance, natural beauty, and vibrant economy. This area includes wealthy colonial cities such as Ouro Preto, as well as beautiful baroque architecture. Belo Horizonte was founded in 1897 as the first planned city in the Brazilian Republic and was designated the capital of Minas Gerais. The city is also a leading cultural center, with more than three universities, a historical museum, numerous libraries, and sports stadiums. Belo Horizonte is built on several hills and is completely surrounded by mountains; this city is located in the center of the state of Minas Gerais and only six kilometers from the Serra do Curral, Mina Gerais' highest point that offers a magnificent view of the city. With an average temperature of seventy degrees Fahrenheit and claims of having more culinary and entertainment establishments than most cities in Brazil, it is no wonder that the city was named the "city with the best quality of life in Latin America."