Rio Janerio Two

Electrical & Computer 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 to experience the diverse culture, history, language, government and economy of Brazil. This program consists of two upper-level courses instructed using an integrated teaching methodology and multiple field trips. One field trip will be to FURNAS, the control center for the Brazilian Power Grid. Students will have direct interaction with the local students not only in a social setting, but in the classrooms as well. The technical and cultural visits together with the engagement with the Brazilian students will contribute to the Texas A&M students’ global competency development and preparedness to join the global engineering industry.


    • Locations: Natal and Rio De Janeiro
    • Dates: May 29 - June 29, 2018

Location Information

Natal & Rio de Janerio, Brazil

Participants will spend three weeks at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) in Natal. UFRN, one of the largest universities in Brazil, is well known for its focus on research and technology. From Natal, students will engage in cultural excursions, including a day trip to the historic city of Mosorro, a dolphin-watching expedition and an excursion to the Fort of the Three Kings and Mae Luiza Lighthouse. Students will also travel to Praia da Pipa, one of the most famous beaches of Brazil.

In the last week of the program, students will go to Rio de Janeiro. In Rio, they will tour the city and their multiple attractions including the Christ Redeemer statue, a boat tour and numerous beaches, parks and museums.

For more information contact

Faculty Leader

Dr. Shankar Bhattacharyya
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Room 244-C Wisenbaker Engineering Building
(979) 845-7484

Engineering Global Programs
Engineering Activities Building A

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Ms. Corinne Beverly
Study Abroad Program Office
3262 TAMU | (979) 845-0544

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Courses Offered

ECEN 420: Linear Control Systems (3 CR)

Prerequisites: ECEN 314; MATH 308

Course will also count as a technical elective in BMEN, CHEN, CECN, MMET, MEEN, NUEN, and PETE.

ECEN 314: Signals and Systems (3 CR) upon request from program

Prerequisites: ECEN 214; MATH 308

Course will also count as a technical elective in BAEN, BMEN, CHEN, CECN, MMET, MEEN, NUEN, and PETE.

ECEN 485: Directed Studies (3 CR)

Prerequisites: None

Eligibility Requirements

Students who desire to study abroad in Brazil must have:

  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA or approval of faculty
  • Good academic standing with university
  • Approval of the professor
  • Attendance at ALL program specific orientations

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:


Texas A&M University College of Engineering is guaranteeing a scholarship 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 Feb. 15, 2018
  • Required to attend all Study Abroad Programs Office (SAPO) and College of Engineering pre-trip orientations
  • Submit requested documents by deadlines

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
Lodging, excursions & cultural site visits, in-country transportation, several group meals, coordination and administration, portion of faculty expenses, CISI international health insurance, SAPO administration fee and miscellaneous program expenses $3,620
Additional Expenses (not included in program fee) 
Tuition & Fees; based on in-state tuition calculate from summer 2017 for 6 credit hours (not all fees included). Visit for rates  $2,200*
International Airfare $1,500
Passport (if not previously obtained) $145
Visa (if applicable) $160
Textbooks and supplies $50
Meals not included in the program fees $400
Personal Spending Varies
COE Competitive Scholarship (guaranteed) for students with a 2.5 GPA at time of application $500
Total Estimated Cost$7,575

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