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Global Health: Brazil

Dates: 1–29 June 2024 approximately. Official dates to be announced.
Priority Deadline: 22 November 2023
Application Deadline: 1 February 2024

This innovative new internship location, in collaboration with the University of Brasilia, provides excellent opportunities for international learning as students focus on a variety of public health issues from tropical diseases to outdoor air pollution exposures. Students will work directly with researchers from the University of Brasilia regarding continued field work, data gathering, and data analysis on these projects. Students will also attend classes at the University of Brasilia including study of Brazilian culture and Portuguese language, environmental health, tropical diseases and vector-borne (insect) disease transmission. A cultural and environmental health excursion with Dr. Thygerson is planned for Rio de Janeiro.

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Steven Thygerson
2031 LSB
(801) 422-1891


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Frequently Asked Questions
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Students are required to take a minimum of 3 credits for Spring Term from this list of courses: IAS 399, HLTH 492, HLTH 491, or LFSCI 199.

Note: LFSCI 199 is for Life Sciences majors only and requires prior approval.

Students may be interested in investigating the local culture by taking IAS 380 Cultural Proofs for 1–3 credit hours. This self-guided course allows students to do independent intercultural research, interview locals, and experience local culture.

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate tuition for 3 credits, international health insurance coverage, accommodations, coordination of program with the University of Brasilia, excursion to Rio, and on-site coordination and support.

Does not include international airfare, preparation course tuition, passport, visa(s), immunizations, personal expenses, some meals, cell phones/international data, or personal excursions. Students should be prepared to cover local transportation expenses from their homestay to hospitals and clinics.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201R, 1 credit hour) during the winter semester.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students will be housed in local apartments or dorms near the University of Brasilia.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information page.

Priority Deadline: 22 November 2023
Application Deadline: 1 February 2024
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Dr. Steve Thygerson, Professor of Public Health is the faculty director for the program.
2031 LSB
(801) 422-1891
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.