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Program Description:

BRAZIL - Biotechnology Internship
Term:  Summer 2018

In order to participate in this program, students must have taken at least one of these courses:  

BSC 1404 C Introduction to Biotech Methods (Honors)
BSC 1421 Introduction to Biotech
BSC 2426 Biotech Methods I
BSC 2423 Proteins, Biotech and Cell Culture

Students will participate in lab work in areas such as:  bioprocessing, animal and plant biotechnology, enzymology, bioreactor engineering, and microbiology

Trip Highlights
  • Visit the city of Sao Paulo
  • Travel to one of the campuses of UNESP in the city of Botacatu for the internship
  • Work with UNESP faculty and students
  • On the weekends and evenings enjoy visits to:
            Waterfalls of Cachoeira da Pedreira and Cachoeira Indiana in Botucatu
            Iguazu Falls
            Museu do Cafe (Coffee Plantation)

BSC 2943 Internship for Biotechnology, AS 3.0
BSC 4941 Internship for Industrial Biotech, BA  

Estimated Cost:

The program fee for the Brazil internship will cover:
  • Round trip airfare from Florida to Sao Paulo
  • Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Visas
  • Excursions
  • Accommodations

Approximate Program Fee (subject to change):

Estimated costs not included in the program fee:

Tuition $320.31 (3 credits)
Books Currently Unknown
Passport $165
Immunizations Refer to Immunizations section
Personal Spending Money $50
Tips Unknown
Total: $535.31

*Please note that the Total Estimated Costs not included in the program fee is an approximation and that individuals will differ   

Read through the Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy to understand payment expectations. This policy will accompany the Study Abroad Application form that you must fill out and sign to join a program.

Payment Plan:  
$130 (Non-Refundable Deposit and Application Fee Due with Application
$620 Nov 17, 2017
$1,000 Feb 16, 2018
$600 Mar 9, 2018
$650 Apr 6, 2018
Total $3,000

How to Make a Payment:

To make your payments, go to the Cashier's Office on the Northwest Campus. The Cashier's Office accepts payments by cash, check, or credit card. You can make your payments on the phone. For more information click here.

Local Laws and Special Circumstances
Click here to read about the local laws in Brazil as provided by the U.S. State Department. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the International Education Coordinator and/or the faculty leader(s) for your program. 

Safety and Security
Please read the  safety and security information  provided by the U.S. State Department by clicking here. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the International Education Coordinator and/or the faculty leader(s) for your program.


Please click here to visit the Center for Disease Control website for more information about immunizations in Brazil. Click here:  Alachua County Department of Health, to access information about Foreign Travel.

Itinerary and Dates:
Week 1: (Monday through Friday)
  • Travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil and continue to Botucatu
  • Meet UNESP faculty, staff students
  • Students will become acclimated to their labs
  • Meet Brazilian roommates and get accustomed to accommodations
  • Become familiar with their projects
  • Extracurricular activities on the weekend: travel around Botucatu, visit Questa Cafe, Cachoeira Demetra
Week 2: (Monday through Thursday)
  • Continue internship work
  • Extracurricular activities (Fri to Monday): travel to Foz de Iguazu
Week 3: (Tuesday through Friday)
  • Finish internship
  • Give oral presentation of work
  • Obtain written evaluation from faculty host
  • On the weekend travel back to the U.S.
Application & Scholarships:

In order to apply for this Study Abroad program and for all Santa Fe College Study Abroad Scholarships please complete this online application. (Note that you will have to create an account. Do not try to log in with your Santa Fe Credentials).

Faculty Leader:

Alejandra Maruniak

Alejandra Maruniak is an Associate Professor of biotechnology in the Perry Center for Emerging Technologies at Santa Fe College (SFC). She completed her bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of São Paulo (USP), her Master’s degree in genetics of microorganisms and her PhD in molecular genetics, at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Alejandra worked in the Entomology Department, University of Florida (UF) for 22 years doing molecular research with viruses and other pathogens that kill, or are transmitted by, insects. In 2012 she came to Santa Fe College, where she teaches lower and upper division courses in the Biotechnology program. In 2014 Alejandra represented SFC in its first Faculty Exchange Program with the Universidade Estadual Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP). During that visit to UNESP she envisioned the possibility of developing an international biotechnology internship. In 2018 SFC will be able to send 6 students to complete the first for-credit oversees internship. In July 2017, Professor Maruniak traveled to Brazil to develop this "for-credit" international internship in Biotechnology. 

Perry Center

This program is pending approval. All figures are subject to change. For more information, contact the International Education Coordinator.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 04/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.