Middlebury School in Brazil: Niterói

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Middlebury in Niterói offers cultural and linguistic immersion through a rigorous curriculum and adherence to the Middlebury Language Pledge. By pledging to speak only the target language while abroad, students will have the best chance of acquiring fluency and actively engaging in the local environment. Participants take their courses directly in a local university, at the Universidade Federal Fluminense, and all students are encouraged to get involved in the community through internships or service learning opportunities.

Niterói is located just across the bay from Rio de Janeiro. The ease of travel to Rio, coupled with Niterói’s calmer pace, make this city a great choice for students wishing to immerse themselves in Brazilian culture while simultaneously enjoying proximity to one of the world’s most festive cities. Home to the famous Museum of Contemporary Art and Caminho de Niemayer, Niterói is also a gateway to beautiful beaches, colonial forts and historic buildings.

  • All course work is conducted entirely in Portuguese
  • Students adhere to the Middlebury College Language Pledge
  • Direct enrollment at Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • Courses in most liberal arts disciplines
  • Housing with Brazilian families

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Studying in Rio is an opportunity that not many get. Niterói has so much to offer and provides students with complete cultural and linguistic immersion. The program is coordinated in a way that bolsters this kind of immersive learning environment, but also giving a small liberal arts college feel during the linguistic competency course. Overall, UFF has a wide selection of classes available, and the Gragoatá campus is gorgeous! Students and professors are very helpful and understanding of the fact that you are an international student.