Aerospace Engineering - Brazil

This study abroad program is intended to provide all Texas A&M University students with an in-depth experience of Brazil. Students will get familiar with the diverse culture, history, language, government and economy of São Carlos and Rio de Janeiro. This program offers five courses from the mandatory aerospace curriculum, instructed using an integrated teaching methodology. Students will complete two courses within a four-week period in São Carlos, and will participate in numerous technical visits and extracurricular activities. Students will have direct interaction with Brazilian students not only in a social setting, but in the classrooms as well. The technical visits, cultural visits and interaction with Brazilian students will contribute to the students' global competency development and preparation to join the global engineering industry.


    • Locations: São Carlos and Rio De Janeiro
    • Dates: May 12, 2018 - June 15, 2018 (Summer I)

Location Information

São Carlos & Rio de Janerio, Brazil

Students in this program will spend four weeks at the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in São Carlos. The University of São Paulo, is a high ranking university in South America and also has the most prominent Engineering Departments in Brazil. From São Carlos, students will take a cultural day to visit historical sites in the vicinity. Students will also travel to Brotas, where they will enjoy the rapids by river rafting and kayaking. Around São Carlos they visit the TAM airlines maintenance and operations center, the Embraer flight testing facility in the Gavião Peixoto airport, and the main Embraer manufacturing facility in São José dos Campos. During the last week of the program, the students will visit Rio de Janeiro. In Rio, students will tour the city and its multiple attractions, including the Christ Redeemer statue, the Sugar Loaf, numerous beaches, parks and museums, and take a boat tour in Guanabara Bay. From Rio there will be an important technical visit to the GE Celma, one of two main General Electric jet engine refurbishing facilities in the world. This will take place in Petropolis, where the students will also visit the house of Santos Dumont and the Imperial Museum.

For more information contact

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Adonios Karpetis
(979) 458-4301

Dr. Ramesh Talreja
(979) 458-3256

Engineering Global Programs
Engineering Activities Building A

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Ms. Kerri Vance
Study Abroad Program Office
3262 TAMU | (979) 845-0544

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Courses Offered (6 CR Total)

AERO 220 (Dr. Karpetis): Introduction to Aero Computation(4 CR) - Required course for AERO majors

Prerequisites: ENGR 112 & MATH 308 (co-req).

AERO 214 (Dr. Talreja): Aerospace Engineering Principles of Continuum Mechanics (3 CR) - Required course for AERO majors

Prerequisites: AERO 201 and MATH 308(co-req).

AERO 351 (Dr. Karpetis): Aerothermodynamics and Propulsion (3 CR) - Required course for AERO majors

Prerequisites: AERO 303 (co-req)

AERO 303 (Dr. Karpetis): High-speed aerodynamics (3 CR) - Required course for AERO majors

Prerequisites: AERO 301.

Aero 413 (Dr. Talreja): Aerospace Materials Science (3 CR) - Required course for AERO majors

Prerequisites: AERO 304.

AERO 489 (Dr. Karpetis) : Special Topics in Optics & Laser Diagostics for Propulsion (3 CR) - technical elective for AERO majors

Course can also count as a technical elective in other departments subject to approval.


AERO 489 (Dr. Talreja) : Special Topics in Composite Materials Research (3 CR) - technical elective for AERO majors

Course can also count as a technical elective in other departments subject to approval.

Eligibility Requirements

Students who desire to study abroad in Brazil must have:

  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • Good academic standing with university

Scholarship & Financial Aid


The Study Abroad Programs Office offers scholarships based on merit and financial need. Applications are available through Scholarships & Financial Aid and deadlines are listed on the website below. The Continuing Student Scholarship application opens Nov. 1, 2017 and closes at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 1, 2018. To apply, please visit:


The college of engineering offers a scholarship (details to be announced) for every student who has a 2.5 or higher GPA at time of application. There is no need to apply for the engineering scholarship, it is automatic if students meet all of the requirements listed below:

  • Have a 2.5 or higher GPA at time of application
  • Satisfy the course requirements for admission
  • Be admitted and confirmed by January 5, 2018
  • Attendance at ALL program specific orientations

Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of Texas A&M University study abroad programs. If you have any other questions, please contact the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid (2nd Floor Pavilion) or (979) 845-3236.

Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Program Office for financial resources:


The following chart estimates the total out of pocket expenses a student may have participating in this program.
Cost subject to change.

Estimated Program Fee (subject to change)Cost
Housing, Tours, Excursions, Group Meals, Coordination and Administration, Faculty Expenses, Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), SAPO Administrative Fee, Miscellaneous $2,620
Additional Expenses (not included in program fee) 
*Tuition & Fees (in-state resident for 6 credit hours)  $2,100*
International Airfare $1,200
Passport (if not previously obtained) $145
Visa $160
COE Competitive Scholarship (guaranteed) for students with a 2.5 GPA at time of application & the student must attend ALL program specific orientations $500
AERO Scholarship for AERO Students (pending approval from AERO department) $500
Total Estimated Cost$5,225

*Check the Student Business Services website ( for exact tuition/fee amount as it varies per student.