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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Exchange Minimum Language Requirement: Completion of 1050 or 1060 or equivalent
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartments Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Portuguese
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Program Strength: Business, Economics, Global Studies, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Management, Portuguese, Sustainable Development
Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Type: Basic College: College of Arts & Science, Walker College of Business
Class Standing: 2nd Semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Description:
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Study for a Semester or Year in Brazil!


The University of Fortaleza, due to its educational excellence, has gained growing prestige amongst the institutions of higher education in Brazil since its foundation in 1973. Currently, its 25 thousand students can count on a high skilled academic staff of 1,200 professors, 80% having got master and doctoral titles at important universities in Brazil and around the world – more than the percentage required by the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC) of Brazil.  While Fortaleza teaches primarily in Portuguese that do offer a select list of courses taught in English.  


Fortaleza, Portuguese for Fortress) is the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil. With a population close to 2.55 million (metropolitan region over 3.6 million), Fortaleza is the 5th largest city in Brazil.  It is an economic magnet for people from Ceará and beyond as well as a magnet for tourists from Brazil and overseas, who come for the spectacular smaller beach spots, rolling dunes and fishing villages.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Early August to Early December
  • Spring Semester: Early February to Late June


UNIFOR doesn’t have on-campus accommodations for students.  The international office provides some support in assisting students with finding apartments/student houses off-campus; however, students are responsible for arranging their own housing.  Most students select apartments either close to campus or close to the beach with an approximate commute of 45 minutes by bus.

Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options.  Students will submit their housing payment directly to their housing provider.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
Basic Exchange (App Tuition & Fees) based on your residency
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $1400 - $2000  $1400 - $2000 
Housing $2200 - $2700 $4400 - $5400
Meals $1300 - $2000 $2600 - $4000
1Personal Expenses $800 - $1500 $1600 - $3000
Books and Materials $150 - $300 $300 - $600
Local Transportation $200 - $400 $400 - $800
Visa (for US Citizens) $160 $160
Potential Travel Costs to Consulate $0 - $300 $0 - $300
Passport $150 $150
2US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
3Personal Travel and Spending $800 - $1500 $1600 - $3000
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
2Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: FallSpringAcademic Year.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


While Fortaleza teaches primarily in Portuguese they do offer a select number of courses in English each year (Fortaleza English-Taught Courses).  In addition to these courses students are able to take introductory Portuguese language classes.  For courses taught in Portuguese please visit the UNIFOR website.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the UNIFOR program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.