Quick Info

  • Florianopolis, Brazil
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Environmental Studies
  • : August 6, 2017 - August 19, 2017
  • : In State: $4,500 | Out-of-State $4,700
  • : accepting students on a rolling basis through Friday, March 10
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers)


This course is taught during the summer semester- starting in May, prior to the program abroad, which is in July and August.  If you are not in Pittsburgh during the course, you can take part via distance-learning techonology.  

This 3-credit course typically fufills a technical elective credit pending your academic advisor’s approval. The course is offered to both undergraduates and graduate students.

The course covers topics of renewable energy use in Brazil from a variety of perspectives: technological, historical, political, economic, and cultural. Through classroom discussion and an assortment of group exercises, you learn to frame contemporary energy production and utilization issues in societal and global contexts, and demonstrate mastery of the issues through written and oral communication.

(ENGR 1623) Here is the syllabus- Please note that the 2017 syllabus could change. 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. David Sanchez-

David Sanchez is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil/Environmental Engineering. As an IGERT fellow in the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation he received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Focused on addressing the Energy and Water global grand challenges, he divides his time amongst research projects in the Sustainable Design Labs (e.g. Microbial Fuel Cell electrode materials, Energy Inventor Labs, Recirculating Aquaponic Systems etc).  
He also serves as a coordinator for a variety of the Mascaro Center’s Sustainability Initiatives, and Pitt’s Design EXPO. He directs “the Series” workshops and is building new programs and curriculum focused on Sustainable Design and Innovation. He currently teaches Introduction to Sustainable Water Technology and Design and works closely with the ALCOSAN Summer Science, Manchester Charter School, YMCA and Investing Now outreach programs. 


You will share a hotel room with another program participant for the duration of the program.

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,500 $4,700
Arrive in Brazil Depart Brazil
August 6 August 19

Please keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our budgeting page for more information.

Questions about Scholarships available? Check out our scholarship page and note that SSoE has a scholarship specifically for Pitt engineering students.

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of the fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for three Pitt academic credits
  • All accommodations
  • Daily breakfast, and some additional group meals
  • Local transportation in country
  • All site visits with all entrance fees included
  • On-site orientation in Brazil, 
  • Mandatory health and accident insurance 

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300.00)
  • Airfare (~$1,300.00 - $1,600.00)
  • Meals (~$450)
  • Mandatory Brazilian Visa Fee: $250.00 (approximate and can change)
  • Personal expenses (~$300-depends on personal spending habits)

Special Information

Students that have been on this program want you to know...

"Studying abroad in Brazil was one of the best decisions I have made in my educational career. The balance between the educational site visits and free time with the other students/professor made the trip very fun. I learned a lot by seeing how companies function in other cultures and retained so much information because it was so interesting. I would HIGHLY recommend Engineering for a Better Environment: Brazil to anyone looking for a short but excellent study abroad trip."

- Jake Coloney 

Learn more from students' blogs from a past program


Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

Buna! That’s hello in Romanian. 
After returning from being a Peace Corp volunteer in Transylvania- I decided to work in the field of international education helping international students.  Life took me back to Buffalo, NY (where I grew up- land of chicken wings)- and I worked for SUNY Buffalo for many years assisting international students and scholars.  In 2010, I moved to the ‘Burgh- and am now assisting engineering students to study abroad. 
For fun I enjoy volunteering with my therapy dog Nora, yoga and fitness, international films, crocheting, and travel (of course).

Come talk with me about studying abroad! 

dmhardy@pitt.edu |  412-624-9823 | 152 Benedum Hall

@SSoEIntPrograms     |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg


Walk-In Advising Hours:
Dr. Kristine Lalley

Bonjour! I became the Swanson School’s first Director of International Initiatives in August 2007. In this role I have collaborated with Swanson School faculty members to create international education opportunities for engineering students- including studying abroad, international internships and service learning projects along with other research opportunities abroad. I have also conducted research on learning processes in the context of international education. I studied in Paris, France during my junior year and continue to love visiting countries around the world whenever possible, learning as much as I can about other cultures. I enjoy supporting engineering students and seeing them change from their experiences abroad. 

Come talk with me about studying abroad!

Krl33@pitt.edu |  412-624-3489 | 152 Benedum Hall

@SSoEIntPrograms   |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg

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