Brazil Initiative

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In response to the growing global importance of Brazil in economic and political spheres, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s International Division and the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (LACIS) Program developed an interdisciplinary initiative aimed at producing collaborative research, teaching and outreach projects focused on Brazil.

The overarching goal of the Brazil Initiative was to bring faculty and alumni together with private donors, businesses and state agencies to help Wisconsin better understand and engage with Brazil as an emerging global economy. The Brazil Initiative also worked to expand UW-Madison’s Study Abroad Programs in Brazil. This initiative built on Wisconsin’s long-standing involvement with Brazil: Portuguese language instruction at UW-Madison goes back almost 70 years and the Summer Intensive Portuguese Institute, supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, has been offered since 1985.

If you have questions about the Brazil Initiative, please contact Professor Kathyrn Sanchez (Department of Spanish and Portuguese).

Brazil-Related Events

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Summer Intensive Portuguese Institute (SIPI) 2021

This special eight-week course is designed for people wishing to study beginning Brazilian Portuguese.

The Institute will take place at UW-Madison during the eight-week summer session, June 14-August 6, 2021.

Joaquim Nabuco Award - 2020 Competition Results

Joaquim Nabuco Award is given annually to the two best essays on Brazil (any field) by a degree-seeking UW-Madison student. The prize, a cash award of $2000, is given to one graduate and one undergraduate. The deadline to apply is February 7th, 2020.

Study Abroad

Brazil is a country that stands out for its growing economy. Learning Portuguese, knowing the nation and training academically in this beautiful country will provide a differential value to your professional career.

Brazil Initiative Archive

Search for information about previous programming organized and sponsored by the Brazil Initiative, as well as general Brazil-focused programming.