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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 Sao 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.

Program Facts

CourseMBA 590: Special Topics, Business Sustainability in Emerging Markets
NC State Cost$4,100
DatesJune 3-11, 2023
LocationSão Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
ContactJessica Thomas (
Office of Global Programs, Poole (
ApplicationsApplications are due February 7.
Detailed InformationTo learn about accommodations, eligibility, health & safety and logistics, please visit the PackAbroad program page.
FAQsGet your general questions answered by visiting the FAQ page.


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

Sunday, June 4Arrival in São Paulo
Orientation Session
Cultural Tour of Villa Madalena and Batman Alley
Welcome Dinner at a traditional Brazilian steakhouse
Monday, June 5Meet and greet with local business leaders
Tuesday, June 6Visit Natura, one of Brazil’s most innovative B-Corps
Visit Mãe Terra, an organic food company
Wednesday, June 7Visit Bemtevi Consulting, a social innovation consulting company
Visit Blockforce, a digital services company
Optional trip to Brazilian soccer match
Thursday, June 8Fly to Rio de Janeiro
Sunset at Sugar Loaf Mountain
Friday, June 9Visit with Brazilian nonprofits
Visit Rio + B, an initiative to inspire companies to awareness of their social and environmental impact
Saturday, June 10Visit Christ the Redeemer statue
Tour of Rio and Museum of Tomorrow
Sunday, June 11Depart from Rio de Janeiro for home