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"I benefited in a variety of ways. For starters, I feel like I am expert on conservation and urbanization efforts in Rio. That's how great the readings, speakers and lectures were. I am also inspired to incorporate some of the needs of people living in favelas into the long-term strategic goals of a non-profit organization I am currently starting. Twenty years from now, I'll still be finding new ways I benefited from this course."

"The classes were very specific to Brazil but connected issues to similar situations back home. I liked going to both Rio and Nova Friburgo as it provided as much of a cross-section of Brazil as a month-long program could provide."

Rio Students, 2014

"Professor Jacobs did a fantastic overview of mediation and applied it well to environmental circumstances. Professor Crawford was extremely knowledgeable on all things Brazil both currently and historically."

“The ability to ground classroom concepts through exploration of one of the world’s most beautiful cities is unrivaled. From white sandy beaches to Samba clubs, from architecture to it’s culturally rich people- choosing to study abroad in Brazil was the best choice of my summer”.

Rio Students, 2013

"Professor Fernandes was so wonderful, he really knew his stuff. His materials are well written and he consistently reviewed the material at the beginning of each class. Also, the PowerPoint overviews were very helpful.”

"In addition to being a good professor, Professor Crawford was an amazing leader for the trip with knowledge about Rio that was invaluable."

Check out photos from Kristine McElvain, Georgia State Law School ’14, and Christopher Stow-Serge, Tulane Law School ’12

Rio Students, 2012

"This was my third time to study in Brazil and was by far the most beneficial. The professors chosen to lead the program were amazing, providing us with a wonderful learning dynamic balanced between instruction, face-time with some of South America's best attorneys, and a global perspective on the practice of law that would be impossible to get at home... I had ambitions of clerking with a local firm in Rio after the program, and by the end of the program, with the help of the professors, I had offers from two major firms to stay in Brazil for the rest of the summer."

Derek DuBois, U. of Houston ‘08

"The Rio Summer Program gives students a unique inside look deep in the heart of this amazing city. We... had the opportunity to interact with Cariocas from all walks of life such as practicing attorneys, hippie fair merchants, scientists, doctors, other Brazilian students, social workers, policemen and even with a kind and friendly group of favela residents."

Luis Guerra, Nova Southeastern ’06

Published Student Reviews

Max Holland, Gerogia State '13, attended the summer program in 2012 and was published in ILSA Quarterly.

Read Max's Reflexions on Studying Abroad 

Karen Shelley, Georgia State ’08, attended the summer program in 2007 and was the recipient of the College of Law’s Johann Droogman’s scholarship.

Read Karen's Rio Story 

Jad Atallah, Georgia State ’08 wrote the essay in the attached link and submitted it for publication in the ABA Student Lawyer magazine. They selected it for publication.

Read Jad’s testimonial 

Aisha Saeed, Georgia State ’07, attended the Program in 2006 and said that it helped her focus her on what she wanted to do: “My experiences with the children I met in [the favelas in] Brazil was a factor in pursuing the [Equal Justice Works] fellowship and my memories of the beautiful children I met continues to fuel my passion and motivation to work on behalf of children.”

More about Aisha and her work 

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