Brasilia, Brazil | 2 weeks at University of Brasilia


The International and Graduate Affairs Office of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the University of Brasilia Law School have partnered to offer a two-week, intensive summer exchange program exclusively for Moritz students. Moritz students will have the opportunity to experience legal, social, and cultural differences both in the study of law and in student life by spending two weeks in the Brazilian capital. No Portuguese language skills are necessary to participate, as all of the seminars are offered in English. The short format allows Moritz students to work or do internships between semesters; all while taking advantage of studying abroad.

Program Dates: Two weeks (non-credit bearing program)

Program Dates: Two weeks in mid to late May (non-credit bearing program)

About the University

Established on April 21, 1962, the University of Brasilia (UnB) is the utopia of Brazilian anthropologist and educator Darcy Ribeiro. Since its inception, the University has been committed to producing state of the art knowledge and promoting citizenship for the transformation of Brazil; giving it a national reputation for excellence in research, teaching, and extension. Currently, UnB has approximately 2,308 teachers, 2,692 dedicated staff, 30,727 undergraduates and 8,913 graduate students. The University houses 26 faculties and schools and has 18 centers dedicated to specialized research on four campuses. The University offers 105 undergraduate programs. There are also 147 graduate degree programs (stricto sensu) and 22 specialist programs (lato sensu). The University is home to some outstanding facilities including the University Hospital, the Central Library, the Veterinary Hospital, and the Água Limpa (Clean Water) Farm. Having been recently elected the fourth best university in Brazil and eleventh best in Latin America, UnB is tops in the evaluation criteria set by the Coordinating Body for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Students (CAPES) in areas such as Anthropology, International Relations, Geotechnics, Geology, Biological Sciences, Law, and Mathematics. Please visit their website for more information.

Applicant Eligibility

1L, 2L, and LL.M. students are eligible to apply. Those students with an interest in International and Comparative Law will receive preference, but all students are encouraged to apply.

Program Costs

Program Fee: Waived for Moritz students
Office of International Affairs Study Abroad program Fee: $150
Housing: Students will be placed with host families of current University of Brasilia students, at no cost to them
International Travel: Approximately $1500
Passport (if needed): Approximately $150
Visa (required): Approximately $250
Supplemental Health Insurance: Approximately $40/month
Financial Aid: Eligible for Vogel International Fellowship (up to $1,000).

While some meals will be provided at the host families’ homes, students should also budget additional amounts for meals and miscellaneous expenses, and must have primary health insurance. Program field trips, excursions, and visits to law firms are included at no additional cost. Students are responsible for any personal trips or excursions.

Housing and Room and Board

Participants will be placed with host families of current University of Brasilia students, at no cost to them. Some meals will be provided by the host families, but participants should budget for some meals outside of the house.

Passport and Visa

Brazil requires U.S. citizens to carry a valid U.S. passport and visa when traveling to Brazil for any purpose. Visas are available through a number of travel and visa agencies. Please contact the International and Graduate Affairs Office with additional questions using the contact info below. Please see for a list of visa agencies affiliated with the Brazilian Consulate in Washington, D.C. Former participants have used the Travisa company, and reported a positive experience.

Health Insurance

While participating in an Ohio State study abroad program, students are required to maintain their primary insurance coverage.

Required Supplemental Health Insurance

Students are required to apply for and purchase supplemental insurance through GeoBlue for the duration of the program. Once accepted to the program, you will be sent a link to complete the supplemental health insurance application.

Brazil Gateway

The Ohio State University has a Brazil Gateway office in Sao Paulo that can serve as a point of contact and support students engaging in education abroad programs with Brazilian educational institution partners in Brazil. For more information, please contact Brazil Gateway Director and Moritz College of Law alumna Jane Aparecido at or use the Gateway contact page for address and telephone number.

Sample Course Offerings

Week 1

Class: Professor:

Brazilian Constitutional History

Inez Lopes

Brazilian Environmental Law

Gabriela Lima

Brazilian Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems (Part I)

André Gomma de Azevedo

Brazilian Regulatory Law (Emphasis: Telecommunications Regulation and Federal Institutional Variables for ICT and Development Research in the Americans Region)

(Part I)

Marcio Iorio Aranha

Brazilian Constitutional Theory and Transconstitutionalism (Part I)

Marcelo Neves

Brazilian Technology and Information Regulatory Systems (Part I)

Alexandre Veronese

Brazilian Democracy (Part I)

Terrie Ralph Groth

Brazilian Private Law in a Comparative Perspective (Part I)

Thiago Sombra

Brazilian Constitutional System

Jorge Galvão

Brazilian Competition Law

Paulo Burnier

Brazilian Litigation System and Brazilian Bar Association (Part I)


Week 2

Class: Professor:

Transitional Justice in Brazil

Cristiano Paixão

Economic Law, Globalization and Policy Reforms in Brazil

Marcus Faro de Castro

Brazilian Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems (Part Ii)

André Gomma de Azevedo

Brazilian Constitutional Theory and Transconstitutionalism (Part II)

Marcelo Neves

Brazilian Technology and Information Regulatory Systems (Part II)

Alexandre Veronese

Brazilian Democracy (Part II)

Terrie Ralph Groth

Brazilian Private Law in a Comparative Perspective (Part II)

Thiago Sombra

Brazilian Empirical Constitutional Studies

Alexandre Araújo Costa

Brazilian Higher Legal Education in Brazil

Loussia Félix

Brazilian Private Domestic and International Law (Part II)

Inez Lopes

Brazilian Litigation System and Brazilian Bar Association (Part II)


Application Requirements

Applying to study abroad is a three-step process:

Step 1: Internal Application within the Moritz College of Law

Please complete the online application and upload required materials:

  1. “Statement of Educational Objectives” (up to 250 words) explaining your interest in the exchange opportunity and what you hope to accomplish and gain by studying abroad
  2. Official copy of law academic transcript (undergraduate transcript not necessary)

Step 2: Once pre-approved by Moritz, complete the Office of International Affairs study abroad application ($150 program fee) and related paperwork (orientation, risk management, supplemental health insurance)

Step 3: Complete university partner application and submit required materials

Application Deadline

Applications are due by March 1, but early applications are encouraged. If applying as a 1L, note that no decision will be made until first semester grades are posted.

Decision Timeline

The internal review process at Moritz takes approximately 2-4 weeks

Pre-Departure Orientation

All Ohio State students participating in any OSU sponsored study abroad program must attend a pre-departure orientation organized by the Office of International Affairs. Possible dates for this orientation will be shared with students once they are accepted to the program.

Contact Information

Moritz College of Law Contact Information

Megan Avellana, Assistant Director
Office of International & Graduate Affairs
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
55 W 12th Avenue, 361 Drinko Hall
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: +1-614-247-0098/ 


University of Brasilia School of Law Contact Information

Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, Associate Professor
University of Brasilia School of Law