IT & Business Transformation in the Post-Olympics Era in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro
Open to all students, with a particular focus on business students.
Next Offered
Summer 2016
Application Deadline

Program Description


Brazil is an amazing country to travel to and to learn from for business students. One of the largest countries in the world, it has also one of the fastest-growing economies. As a member of the BRICS group, Brazil has a 1.8-trillion-dollar GDP that is diversified, healthy, and competitive. Brazil is fully embracing the amazing opportunities for development brought by major global events in the recent years such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (Rio 2016). This program will take students to the heart of the soccer samba nation and see the business opportunities and challenges the country faces, and the business impact of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

We will focus on how information technologies impact the emerging economy, especially the Internet and mobile devices. We will travel to both well-developed cities such as Rio de Janeiro, the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, and São Paulo, the economic center of Brazil, and a relatively under-developed one, Manaus, which is in the heart of the Amazon region to learn the different technology landscape in Brazil. Via first-hand experiences such as company visits, business presentations, and panel discussions with Brazilian business leaders, the students will learn how technologies have transformed the way businesses are conducted and managed in this largest Portuguese-speaking country of the world.

Together traveling to these great learning sites in Brazil for three weeks following the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will provide a unique and invaluable learning opportunity for the students to see, experience, and reflect on the depth and scope of business development in Brazil, the globalization of its economy, and the technology force behind it.

Program offered through the Department of of ISOM, Foster School of Business.  For more information visit the program webpage at Foster School of Business.


September 4 - 24,  2016


While enrolled in this program, students will complete the following course:

  • IS 490: IT & Business Transformation in the Post-Olympics Era in Brazil 

Total UW Credits:  5

Eligibility & Application

Prerequisites:  None; A healthy enthusiasm in international business & studies is preferred.

Information Sessions:  1/28 (Thur.), 12:30-1:20 PM, PCAR 456
2/3 (Wed.), 12:30-1:20 PM, PCAR 456
2/18 (Thur.), 12:30-1:20 PM, PCAR 456 

Financial & Enrollment Information

Program Fees

Program Cost: $3,800

Contact Information

Questions about the program can be answered by:

Eduardo Viana da Silva
Katherine Kroeger
Program Manager
Shaosong Ou
Program Status