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Brazil: Business Sustainability in Emerging Markets in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

During our week-long program in Brazil, NC State Jenkins graduate students will discover the beauty of one of the most biodiverse nations in the world while studying sustainability with a distinguished NC State professor! From time spent in both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, students will discover both wild wonders and bustling metropolitan areas. Where business and biodiversity meet, Brazil is the perfect location to learn of the needs and the means to protect and preserve our planet.

This program fulfills the practicum requirement for the Master of Business Administration degree.

Program Facts

CourseMBA 590: Special Topics, Business Sustainability in Emerging Markets
NC State Cost$4,700
Please see the “Costs/Scholarships” page for more details.
DatesJune 14 – 22, 2024
LocationSão Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
ContactJessica Thomas (
Office of Global Programs, Poole (
ApplicationsApplications for Summer 2024 are now open. Final deadline is February 7, 2024. Apply Here.
Detailed InformationTo learn about accommodations, eligibility, health & safety and logistics, please visit the PackAbroad program page.
FAQsLearn more about our refund and withdrawal policy here.

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MBA 590: Sustainable Business in Emerging Markets

(3 Credits, graded)

Through a combination of pre-departure classes, in-country site visits, discussions with local business and community leaders, real-world projects and post-visit activities, students will gain insight into global and regional business sustainability issues in emerging markets, using Brazil as a case study. The course will provide students with the opportunity to explore the historic, economic and business context of the country as well as a foundational understanding of global sustainability-related business challenges, opportunities and strategies. The course includes visits to companies in Sao Paulo and Rio with a range of business models from certified B Corporations, to small social enterprises as well as large, multinational businesses.

Sample Itinerary

*for illustrative purposes only

Saturday, June 15Arrival in São Paulo
Orientation Session
Cultural Tour of Villa Madalena and Batman Alley
Welcome Dinner at a traditional Brazilian steakhouse
Sunday, June 16Meet and greet with local business leaders
Monday, June 17Visit Natura, one of Brazil’s most innovative B-Corps
Visit Mãe Terra, an organic food company
Tuesday, June 18Visit Bemtevi Consulting, a social innovation consulting company
Visit Blockforce, a digital services company
Optional trip to Brazilian soccer match
Wednesday, June 19Fly to Rio de Janeiro
Sunset at Sugar Loaf Mountain
Thursday, June 20Visit with Brazilian nonprofits
Visit Rio + B, an initiative to inspire companies to awareness of their social and environmental impact
Friday, June 21Visit Christ the Redeemer statue
Tour of Rio and Museum of Tomorrow
Saturday, June 22Depart from Rio de Janeiro for home