Seminar & Field Program

Seminar & Field Trip Program 2024 -

Santarém, Brazil

Upcoming Information Sessions:

Tuesday, September 26 at 3PM in Posvar 4130

Thursday, September 28 at 2:30PM in Posvar 4130

Tuesday, October 10 at 3PM in Posvar 4130

Register here


Program Overview

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Seminar and Field Trip Program celebrates its 51st trip in 2024! Since 1972, the program has provided more than 600 students a unique educational and cross-cultural immersion experience.

This intensive, two-part program incorporates a cross-cultural homestay with individualized field study. The program is open to undergraduates of any major at the University of Pittsburgh with sufficient Portuguese language proficiency and an interest in Latin American culture. About 15 students will be selected for the program and enroll in a preparatory seminar on campus during the spring of 2024, and then travel to the host country where they will study, live with a host family, and carry out an independent field project during the summer.

The Destination

Santarém, Brazil


Spring Term Seminar, ARTSC 1990 (3 credits)
This interdisciplinary seminar is designed to prepare students for their in-country experience. Students will learn about the history, culture, politics and geography of the host country. The seminar will also examine the issues dealing with cross-cultural communication and the challenges and rewards of the international living experience will be examined. Students will be guided through the design of individual field projects that they will carry out during their in-country experience in May and June.

Summer Session Field Program, ARTSC 1991 (6 credits)
While living with a host family, students will carry out their individual field investigations, collecting data and information for evaluation.  The project director will be present throughout the program to provide guidance and direction.  Final written project reports will be completed upon return to the US and submitted at a deadline set by the director of the program.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty: Roberta Mendonça De Carvalho

Program Director: Luis G. Van Fossen Bravo

Global Experiences Office - Program contact: Oksana Stalczynski


The Center for Latin American Studies underwrites a large part of this program—roundtrip airfare, room and board, and traveler’s insurance are covered by the Center. Students are responsible for the cost of six credits of summer tuition, visa fees and all other incidentals.

Summer 2024 Pricing & Dates: TO BE DETERMINED.

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$6,334 $6,534
Depart USA Return to USA
May 10, 2024* June 21, 2024*

* subject to change

Requirements for consideration

  • Candidates are required to be full time, degree seeking undergraduates (from any discipline) maintaining a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors who possess the necessary skills and disposition are welcome apply.
  • By the time the field component begins, applicants must possess sufficient Portuguese language proficiency to communicate effectively with their host families, travel independently and carry out their individual projects.
  • Most importantly, interested applicants must demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, assimilate to a new culture, and welcome cross-cultural interaction. Selected candidates must be initiative taking, self-directed and comfortable functioning with little supervision.

Deadline: CLOSED

For more information on the CLAS Seminar & Field Trip, please e-mail Luis G. Van Fossen Bravo, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs: