Study Abroad in Brazil

This trip has been cancelled for 2016 and replaced with Cuba.


Belém, capital of the state of Pará, is a port city and gateway to Brazil’s lower Amazon region. By Guajará Bay, the riverfront district Cidade Velha (old town) preserves Portuguese-colonial architecture, from churches and colorful azulejo-tile houses to a 17th-century fortification known as Forte do Castelo. Ver-o-Peso is a vast, open-air market on the water selling Amazonian fish, fruit and crafts.

OST 590: Tropical Medicine (3 credits)
Winter Break 

Learn more about global health while having an enriching cultural experience! Through this course, students will gain clinical experience with infectious and tropical diseases, oncology, pulmonology, OB/GYN, and community health. The Health Exposure Experience course in Belem, Brazil, enables students to observe healthcare practices in eastern Amazon villages, see pathologies uncommon in the United States, and improve their cultural competency.

It is the discretion of the Course Director to determine which students may participate. An interview may be required.

For more information, please contact IIH

  • Undergraduate student at Michigan State OR first year medical curriculum (COM/CHM/CON) student at Michigan State University.
  • 2.5 GPA required.
  • Must have a good understanding of Biology, Microbiology, and Physiology.
  • Must have respect for different cultures.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively.

Please fill out both forms.

The Office of Study Abroad offers scholarships to students who participate in MSU’s study abroad programs. Details here