Study abroad in Brazil, famous for the Amazon river and jungle, Samba dancing, and soccer stars.

Why study in Brazil?

The Amazon, the Rio Carnival, the football, food, and friendly people – what’s not to love about Brazil? With a population of 207 million, Brazil is the largest country in South America. It’s famous for its sandy beaches, stunning rainforests, diverse wildlife, and vibrant cities. Studying in Brazil is an amazing opportunity to learn Portuguese and soak up South American culture.

My exchange to Goiania, Brazil was nothing less of amazing. I learnt so much about Brazil, myself and different ways of living and seeing things.

Jessica, Auckland


You can choose to study in Brazil for one trimester, one semester or one academic year. Gap year students are welcome to apply but must be no older than 19 years upon departure. If you arrive in January or July, you can opt to participate in a Belo Tour, where you might get the chance to visit iconic destinations such as Rio de Janeiro, the Northeast Coast, the Amazon, Pantanal, and Buenos Aires (Argentina).

You will be placed in either Goias state, Mato Grosso du Sul state, Southern Brazil, Fortaleza, Palmas or Salvador. Students will most likely be placed in lowly-populated suburbs or rural areas, although they may be placed in cities. You can let us know your preferred area but placement there is not guaranteed. All of our host families are carefully vetted for safety and suitability. We conduct home interviews, inspections, and police checks to ensure our students are placed in a secure and supportive living environment.

The map below indicates the set regions where you can be placed in Brazil.


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Application deadline

Covered expenses

Included in the fee:

  • School and family documents for your student visa application
  • Placement in a suitable host family and school
  • Full board and lodging with a host family
  • 10 hours of Portuguese lessons during the first month of arrival
  • Pre-departure orientation in NZ and arrival orientation in Brazil
  • Meet and greet at the airport in NZ and at the airport in Brazil
  • Transfer to your host community from Goiania airport (and back again)
  • Monthly progress reports to your parents
  • Ongoing monitoring by the host organisation
  • 24/7 emergency assistance in Brazil and NZ
  • Certificate of completion upon return

Other costs

Not included in the fee:

Flights You are responsible for paying all domestic and international airfares between your home and Goiania.
Insurance You will be required to purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance prior to your departure.
Visas All visa fees and translation fees are payable to the Brazilian Embassy in Wellington.
School setup In Brazil, you will be required to pay ongoing monthly school fees of between approximately $50-$300 USD (depending on your school).
Spending money We recommend allocating approximately $450 NZD spending money per month to cover things like transport, school lunches, and weekend activities.
Optional trips It’s a good idea to save some money for optional trips organised by your host family or your host organisation in Brazil.


Students must be:

  • Aged between 15 and 19 years prior to the programme start date
  • A New Zealand Citizen or hold Permanent Residency
  • Enrolled in a high school
  • Willing to learn Portuguese prior to and during the exchange
  • Fit, well, and have a suitable personality profile
  • Academically motivated


Students who plan on being in Brazil for longer than 90 days must apply for a student visa via the Brazilian Embassy in Wellington. A student visa to Brazil is estimated to cost approximately $500 NZD in visa, notarisation, ID, and translation expenses.


Brazil is a Portuguese-speaking country. Students are required to study Portuguese prior to departure and speak the language throughout the programme. On arrival, you will also receive 10 hours of Portuguese language lessons in your host community.

Financing and scholarships

We know that financing your exchange might be a bit of a challenge, but don’t let that hold you back from pursuing the experience of a lifetime! NZIIU offers a select number of scholarships each year to exceptional students who require some financial assistance, as well as fundraising kits.

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Meet our past students

Meet our NZIIU Student Ambassadors at one of our information day events! These students who have recently been on exchange have done it all, and are here to share their knowledge, experiences, and stories from exchange.

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