• Freshman, Sophomore
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Must have a 2017-2018 Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. For information on how to complete your FAFSA, visit
Preference will be given to students with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $12,000 or less as determined by the FAFSA
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (LACIS), Portuguese

Classroom Language




Program Duration

Summer: Late-May - Late June

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2018  1/19/2018

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
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Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
UW Global Gateway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Join 14 other Badgers on this fully-funded summer program to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! Led by UW Professor Kathryn Sanchez, Global Gateway is a unique, engaging experience designed specially for first- and second-year UW students.

Through classroom learning, guided trips all around the city, activities and overnight excursions outside of Rio, you'll explore the history and culture of Brazil through the lens of modernization and globalization. There are no language pre-requisites for this program. 

Each student selected for the program will receive a Global Gateway scholarship covering the program fee, including airfare!

There is expected to be a high level of interest in the UW Global Gateway Program. As space on the program is limited, IAP encourages students to put care and thought into their application materials. Students should begin applications as early as possible, as one component of the application is an essay that requires reading a Brazil-specific news source over the course of a week. Select applicants will be invited for an in-person interview before final decisions are made. Accepted students will demonstrate a strong commitment to the program and its learning objectives, be an active participant while on the program, and help promote international education upon their return to UW-Madison. Both need and merit-based criteria will be taken into consideration.

The summer 2018 program in Rio de Janeiro is offered by UW-Madison in cooperation with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).  This program is funded in partnership with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:

Deepen cross-cultural understanding through site visits and educational tours
Observe Brazilian perspectives on academic disciplines and daily life