International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)


Program Title Pitzer Exchange based at Federal University of Roraima (UFRR)
Location Boa Vista, Brazil
Host Website
Eligibility Introductory Portuguese and Advanced Spanish are required. Intermediate Portuguese is highly recommended . Additional course on the culture/history of Brazil and/or the Amazon are recommended. A course or the equivalent on ethnographic research method is required.
Preparation At least one Latin American area studies preferably with emphasis on Brazil and/or the Amazon region is required before departure. Other general preparation options include: Social science research methods, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology, Latin America History, Race and Class, Indigenous Societies.
Application Pitzer College general application and the forms required by the university.
Program Dates Spring semester: February to July.
Required Courses Language course (or another regular class if proficient in the language) (1 credit); Culture/History of the Amazon or Brazil (1 credit); Independent Study Project (2 credits); and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language Study UFRR will offer an intensive Portuguese course. Students with advanced Portuguese will enroll in regular classes. Students with introductory or intermediate Portuguese will have special classes and tutoring.
Independent Study See a Study Abroad Advisor.
Other Course Options The university offers excellent courses in the following topics: Amazonian cultures, tropical ecology, Latin America history, indigenous societies, race and ethnicity in the region, and migration, among others. The following disciplines are particularly recommended: anthropology, sociology, history, ecology, political science, ethnic studies (UFRR has a strong Indigenous Program). Research opportunities are available in anthropology, sociology, indigenous societies, history and environmental studies.

For course options at the university, go to the main university page: Click on the tab Ensino, then select cursos.
Credit Possible Four courses per semester are the normal load to equal four course credits at Pitzer. Students must maintain a minimum enrollment of four courses to retain student status. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credit for the Sakai course. See above under Required Courses.
Housing Options Normally students are placed in home stays with Brazilian families.