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Participate in the fifth study abroad experience in São Paulo, Brazil! In spring 2024, join the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as you dive into engineering problems from a global perspective. Expand your worldview – and bask in new cultural experiences while engaging with world leaders in engineering.

You will primarily be located in the Brazilian State of São Paulo. We will visit the cities of São Paulo, Campinas, São José dos Campos, Campos do Jordão and Camburi, The city of São José dos Campos is aptly nicknamed “The Airplane Capital” as it is home to Embraer, an aerospace conglomerate and the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world. We are proud to partner with Embraer and explore its multiple aircraft manufacturing facilities and associated engineering departments. While on site, you will have the opportunity to explore various problems and propose creative engineering-based solutions. As a member of this study abroad program, you will learn about contemporary engineering methods from an industry leader.

This study abroad program is an element of the 3-credit-hour course EAS 3955H: Contemporary Projects in Aerospace Engineering Manufacturing, offered in spring 2024.  


The trip will take place between March 14 and March 24, 2024, during UCF’s Spring Break.

group of students in Brazil


Each year, MAE selects on a competitive basis up to 10 students for participation in this program. Students interested in engineering are encouraged to apply. Eligible candidates must be students in good standing who will not graduate prior to Spring 2024. 

Students are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, campus and community involvement, evidence of initiative-taking and their commitment to engaging in study-abroad as a transformative experience. Knowledge of the Portuguese language is not a requirement for this program.


The cost of the program includes airfare, in-country ground transportation, lodging, most meals and some excursions. The stated program cost is approximately $3,200. This cost may be offset by scholarships worth $500 to $1,500, available to students from the Burnett Honors College. You can find more information about available scholarships on the study abroad website. Students should bring some pocket money for snacks, non-group meals and souvenirs during our excursions. Students must enroll in EAS 3955H with Professor Ali P. Gordon, scheduled during spring term.  The program is co-led by Rodrigo Lenartowicz. Please note that while unlikely, the program cost is subject to change due to changes in airfare and exchange rates.

Students on the Brazil trip
Students on the Brazil trip


Eligible candidates must be in good academic standing. The application for the program is housed with the UCF Abroad. Applications are due Nov. 3, 2023.

If you have any questions about this program or the application, please contact Ali P. Gordon at


Hear about the study abroad experience from industrial engineering major Madelyn Torres. 


2023 – 2024 (All dates are subject to change)
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September 123 – 5 p.m.ENG I, Room 288
September 1411 a.m. – 1 p.m.Burnett Honors College, Room 130
September 2610:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.ENG I, Room 288
Nov. 312 p.m.Application Deadline
Nov. 1712 p.m.Notification
Dec. 112 p.m.Commitment Deadline
March 14DepartOrlando International Airport
March 24ReturnOrlando International Airport